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Re: New to Basel, out of my mind with worry

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Re: New to Basel, out of my mind with worry

Hi Folks

Thank you to everyone for replying to me. I have let this slide as my wife has given birth to a baby girl, Amara since my initial post.

So since is for introductions, I have posted already and will be in Basel from April 29.

My wife, Kathleen, daughter Katelyn age 9 and new daughter Amara (4 days) will be heading over the week of the 24th of June ---- oh and blondie the cat (who is ginger, dont ask)

So, family based social outtings would be great and hope to see some in the event calendar

BTW, is anyone else going to Sonissphere in St. Jakob arena?

Later
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Old 04.04.2011, 21:47
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Good news - thanks for coming back to tell us how things are going.

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Hi Brendan, welcome to the Forum. Congratulations to both of you on the new Amara.

My two Rappens-worth is to mention that all Swiss cities are different. Most of the Forum activity is in Zurich, but Basel is a bit cheaper, more laid back, and generally much easier to live in.
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Re: New to Basel, out of my mind with worry

Comhghairdeas Brendan!

I'm sure you and your family will love Switzerland. I moved over from Galway to Zurich in September and haven't looked back.
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Most of the Forum activity is in Zurich.
I beg to differ

Anyway, welcome to the forum Brendan and congratulations on your new arrival (beautiful name by the way). I have an 18 month old daughter and would definitely be up for some family orientated days out - especially now the weather is improving. If you have any specific kiddie related questions, feel free to PM me if you can't find the info on EF.
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Thank you to everyone for replying to me. I have let this slide as my wife has given birth to a baby girl, Amara since my initial post.
Excellent news. Now stop worrying and enjoy your baby

Keep an eye out for the "Family Fun" book when you get here. It has lots of ideas for days out in the Basel area (and a little further afield). It's in the local bookshops (I would normally have recommended Bergli Books, but it recently closed its retail shop).



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oh and blondie the cat (who is ginger, dont ask)
They're the best kind.
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Re: New to Basel, out of my mind with worry

Congratulations!
Good luck with the house hunting and welcome to the world Amara.

I would also be up for family-based outings.

p.s. thanks for the book rec Mirfield, looks very useful.
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Hi everyone,
My name is Brendan from Limerick, Ireland. I am due to start a new job in Basel on 1st of May. I have been to Basel for the interview and enjoyed some of the sights as well as the Man Utd V chelsea game in Mr. Pickwicks where people gave me a warm welcome. That was me.

I am moving myself, wife, daughter (age 9) and 1 due in 11 days (once all is ok) and a cat (I dont like cats but it is part of the family now).

I intentend to go to Basel on the 17-20 of april to sort out an appartment and move in on the 28 april. Am I being naive, is this possible? I want to stay as close to the centre of Basel as possible and my budget is 2300CHF. Ideally, would really like my own washing machine due to new born.

Also, chool for my 9 year old is a worry, it will be public school and currently, none of us havse 2 words of german

I would love to hear from anyone with kids (school going and new born age). I will be hard for us to settle in but I am sure there are many who have done this before so am willing to hear from anyone.

Really looking forward to the move and with everyones help, I am sure it will be positive

Looking forward to hearing from anyone

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Dear Brendan

I can recommend the following brochure that gives you some info on the school system in Basel (also in English). Go to

http://www.ed-bs.ch/bildung/bildungs...n/primarschule

then click on "Die Schulen von Basel Stadt" on the right hand side.

Concerning your German, I am a German teacher. I would be very happy to help you and your family. Please send me a Private Message for more info.

Ps. Your wife may want to join the Facebook Group "Fun and Active Women of Basel". The group would enable her to to get to know some local people.
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Old 10.04.2011, 18:40
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Re: New to Basel, out of my mind with worry

Basel childbirth Trust is another expat parents group that could be a great contact, especially for your wife.

I have just come back from a great, very relaxed picnic above the lock - at this time of year, watch for these picnics/bbq's on this site - all ages at them, and the kids that were there all had a great time too.
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Re: New to Basel, out of my mind with worry

Hey Brendan

I just saw that the rest of the PDF is in German. The attached PDF however is in English.

Try calling the Primary School office (Primarschule Basel
Münzgasse 16, Postfach, 4001 Basel, Tel. 061 267 90 90, dial 0041 61 267 90 90 from abroad) in order to register your daughter. Which primary school she will attend will depend on what neighbourhood you are moving to.

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Re: New to Basel, out of my mind with worry

hi, can someone give me a mini-checklist of items that i should have when moving to switzerland for a new job. the job is contracted for 1 year

thanks in advance
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Old 11.04.2011, 07:57
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Re: New to Basel, out of my mind with worry

You should start your own thread, rather than hijacking someone elses. And you have read all the stickies about living and working in Switzerland, haven't you?
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Re: New to Basel, out of my mind with worry

Hi Folks,

Thank you to everyone who has replied, gave advice, welcomed me etc.

As you probably guess, I am not good on these things so for all, this is the plan:

I have my appartment got, it is in Therwil. I am arriving on Friday the 29th with a blow up bed from Tesco. When I was in Basel last week, I managed to get a chair and a lamp which the landlord allowed me to store in the basement so will be living in the lap of luxury.

The family arrive on June 22nd. I will be busy doing more Ikea shopping and setting up but of course, socialising will be also very high on the agenda so either let me know or keep putting things in the events page.


Looking forward to meeting as many of you as possible so saying that, if there are any rugby fans out there, Munster and Leinster are playing on Saturday. I will make my way to Paddys, I will be the awkward looking reclouse sitting there with no mates in a Munster shirt

Best Regards
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Re: New to Basel, out of my mind with worry

Hi Brendan
Welcome to Basel, glad you found a place. We've been here 6 months and loving it.
If your thinking of buying furniture it might be worth buying it in Ireland and shipping it over even with the transport costs. We bought some items from Ikea in Basel but they were roughly twice the cost of buying them in the UK. So check out the prices online.
My misses advices that your wife buys as much makeup and womens tights from home as they are expensive here (and apparently limited on colour, I'm a bloke what would I know).
As to days out for your kids we had some friends over with a child and we spent a lovely day at Basel zoo, apparently you can get an annual pass and I've been informed that a lot of expat mothers and children use it as a meeting place.
Travel is cheap and readily available, do look into getting a monthly ABO for the trams and buses (its even cheaper if you buy the annual one). Also get a half price train card if your going to use the trains, I think there is a family version.
Paddys is a popular place (and it takes lunch cheques) and i think one of the bar staff is from your home town. Pickwicks is another popular expat pub more english, scots and welsh but shows the sport.
Anyway all the best and hope everything goes well.
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If your thinking of buying furniture it might be worth buying it in Ireland and shipping it over even with the transport costs. We bought some items from Ikea in Basel but they were roughly twice the cost of buying them in the UK. So check out the prices online.
This might be more hassle than it's worth. The prices might be a bit different but not that much to justify shipping, import taxes, insurance, etc. Much easier just to get a van from www.mobility.ch, go to the local Ikea and stock up directly.

Double bed in Ireland: EUR 359
Same Double bed in Switzerland: CHF 499 (EUR 390)

I don't think the hassle is worth EUR 30.



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Did you remember to convert CHF to GBP when in Ikea?
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Hi Brendan, welcome to the Forum. Congratulations to both of you on the new Amara.

My two Rappens-worth is to mention that all Swiss cities are different. Most of the Forum activity is in Zurich, but Basel is a bit cheaper, more laid back, and generally much easier to live in.
Have not noticed that one before

Congarats to your rugrat Brendan, there is a great bunch of guys and galls here in Basel so don´t be a stranger.
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Re: New to Basel, out of my mind with worry

Hi Brendan,

Welcome to Basel, we live on the outskirts a mile from Pratteln, as everyone has recommended, and still manage to drive my son into school in Kleinhunigen every day in 16 minutes average. It's a lot smaller here than people realise I think. So we may even cross forks in the Ikea Cafe in Pratteln - you never know!

We are discovering new places to spend time as a family and we love it. If you are up for some family based activities then do get in touch.

One thing I can heartily recommend are the kids holiday clubs http://www.robi-spiel-aktionen.ch/ my son has is on his second this week and the amount of activities, entertainment, food and fun they have for £150 a week is amazing. We have to pay extra for Basel Stadt ones as we are in Basel land so I think they are half the price if you live nearby!!

He comes home filthy, exhausted and happy - reminds me of my childhood in the 70's...which is one of the lovely things about bringing your family to Switzerland! It might give your wife a break with the baby during the school holidays in July?

All the best!
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Hi Brendan,

just wanted to plug the Basel Childbirth Trust (soon to be the Basel Children's Trust) for the wife and the babe especially when they come over (plenty of Dads & babies come too!) Lots of English speaking parent & baby/toddler playgroups, social events, info evenings etc. We have monthly Mums nights out and Dads nights too. Check the website (calendar shows most things) you need to be a member if you want to come regularly but you can come a few times to check it out and see if it's worth it for you. BCT has been my social-lifesaver here.
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Welcome to Basel - Therwil is lovely (my son does English reading/writing classes there.) The whole area is packed with ex-pat friendly activities to ease you into things so don't worry on that front either.
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Re: New to Basel, out of my mind with worry

Hi Brendan,

So nice to finally come across another EFer in Therwil!! We've been in Therwil since last June and are very happy here. We have 3 boys (aged 10, 6 and 1) and they're at the local schools. They're definitley enjoying the Swiss lifestyle and coping well at school/making friends. If you have any Therwil-specific questions (or anything else for that matter!) give me a shout. And if your wife wants some local company when she arrives then she's more than welcome to get in touch.

Enjoy settling in to life in Basel,

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