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Is it a good move??

Hi all

I have just joined the group to get a better understanding of what you all think of Basel as a play to live, socialise and bring up a family.

I am being transfered to Basel for work and am a bit apprehensive - not 100% sure of Basel and what to expect.

I am SURE you all have asked or answered all the below questions but i thought to ask myself:

1) What is life really like in Basel - is it safe? I currently live in Guildford, Surrey and work in Central London.

2) What areas should one look at renting in? My offices are close to the Messe halls (the ones under refurb)...

3) What is the average size of apartments that I should look at - I have a wife and a 4 month old son...

4) Silly I am sure, but I read somewhere that Sky TV is accessible in Basel? Would make my wife a happier person - Happy Wife = Happy Life.

5) Can one survive in Basel without being able to speak German?

6) Are there any play groups or wife-groups that my wife could join to meet people?

Oh I have laods of questions but can start with these...

I really appreciate your time and hope that perhaps a few friends come out of this, making Basel much easier than daunting....and the beers will be on me!!

Best wishes
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Old 11.07.2011, 19:44
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Welcome to the forum

You forgot the first and most important question:

Can I use the forum search function to find answers to all these questions?
Answer: YES!

:-)

I am sur someone from the Basel cowd will come along shortly.
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Re: Is it a good move??

Thank you Jako - I am sure there are many posts replying to all these questions...but being as computer litterate as I am....it took me half an hour just to find out how to post!!

Thanks for the welcome and look forward to more interaction as time goes on!

Best wishes,
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Hi all

I have just joined the group to get a better understanding of what you all think of Basel as a play to live, socialise and bring up a family.

I am being transfered to Basel for work and am a bit apprehensive - not 100% sure of Basel and what to expect.

I am SURE you all have asked or answered all the below questions but i thought to ask myself:

1) What is life really like in Basel - is it safe? I currently live in Guildford, Surrey and work in Central London.

2) What areas should one look at renting in? My offices are close to the Messe halls (the ones under refurb)...

3) What is the average size of apartments that I should look at - I have a wife and a 4 month old son...

4) Silly I am sure, but I read somewhere that Sky TV is accessible in Basel? Would make my wife a happier person - Happy Wife = Happy Life.

5) Can one survive in Basel without being able to speak German?

6) Are there any play groups or wife-groups that my wife could join to meet people?

Oh I have laods of questions but can start with these...

I really appreciate your time and hope that perhaps a few friends come out of this, making Basel much easier than daunting....and the beers will be on me!!

Best wishes
Welcome in Basel
1. I'm still discovering the city but... I feel safe here (yes, I know, this answer won't help )
2. Basel it's not such a big city so you can move around esily
3. It's only up to you and I don't know what you are looking for but maybe this will help: http://www.englishforum.ch/adverts-p...partments.html
4. No idea but hope it'll help a little: I want to get Sky TV
5. I guess you can but it's always easier to understand the menu in the restaurant or to ask for something when shopping in non self-service place
6. http://www.englishforum.ch/family-matters-health/ I'm sure your wife will find something interesting here

I hope it will help a little, you will enjoy your stay in Basel and find a lot of useful information on EF (btw: search option in the upper right corner )
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Re: Is it a good move??

Thanks for your reply new-bee...very much appreciated and will explore all the options you noted below.

This forum is great - makes us feel less alone. Just how did anyone survive pre-internet and chat-rooms eh???

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Hi all

I have just joined the group to get a better understanding of what you all think of Basel as a play to live, socialise and bring up a family.

I am being transfered to Basel for work and am a bit apprehensive - not 100% sure of Basel and what to expect.

I am SURE you all have asked or answered all the below questions but i thought to ask myself:

1) What is life really like in Basel - is it safe? I currently live in Guildford, Surrey and work in Central London.

2) What areas should one look at renting in? My offices are close to the Messe halls (the ones under refurb)...

3) What is the average size of apartments that I should look at - I have a wife and a 4 month old son...

4) Silly I am sure, but I read somewhere that Sky TV is accessible in Basel? Would make my wife a happier person - Happy Wife = Happy Life.

5) Can one survive in Basel without being able to speak German?

6) Are there any play groups or wife-groups that my wife could join to meet people?

Oh I have laods of questions but can start with these...

I really appreciate your time and hope that perhaps a few friends come out of this, making Basel much easier than daunting....and the beers will be on me!!

Best wishes
Hiya, Welcome to Basel (very soon)

My husband has been living and working in Basel for over a year now and after the previous jobs he did working in London etc this is the one that he has been the happiest and most relaxed. Living in basel is amazing, he has loved it and he doesnt speak German, well he does but it is very little. His job does not require him to be fluent so thats a bonus while he learns German.
He has made great friends in Basel and its so safe and frienldy that my daughter and I are moving out to be with him in 2 weeks time. Cannot wait.
Only left the timing for a while due to my health.
Our daughter is 9 and ab loves it in Switzerland. The local community is amazing, we have been welcomed everywhere and people will help if you ask. So much friendlier, relaxed, safer, cleaner and far stunning place to live and improve your life.
We lived (still do for 2 weeks) in sunny East Sussex and moved there away from ESSEX!!!! I would def rec living in Basel. Your wife and child will be very happy along with you. PM me if you need anymore help.

Good luck, kind regards Sarah
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Just how did anyone survive pre-internet and chat-rooms eh???
I don't know about the other folk, but I bought a German dictionary, a comfortable pair of shoes, acquired a thick skin and went round the official offices asking the usual dumb questions in 'odd' German. But I got there in the end and now, forty years on, I sit at the computer making life easier for the younger generation? I must be mad. If you stick around, you'll be able to confirm that statement.

PS. I love Basel, lived there to begin with.

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Re: Is it a good move??

Congrats on the new gig and good luck with finding answers for all your questions.
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Re: Is it a good move??

Hi, interestingly am in a v similar situation and had similar questions.

Although yet to move out, from our virtual cyber research it looks a great place and really excited.

Suggest have a look at BCT; www.baselchildrenstrust.ch for playgroups.

Also suggest get a humax HDR foxsat - you can get freesat and record like a TIVO. Just need a dish and cables. I think someone linked through to the advice thread.

For accommodation have a look at homegate and comparis for insurance and financial advice. Both in English.

I started learning German this morning with Pimsleur audio CD. Pretty good technique so far.

I am putting together a spreadsheet of everything we need to do before moving. will put it on here as a guide for future re locators when finished.

Good luck
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