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Hello all,

I found this forum a few months ago when my company asked if I was interested in moving to Switzerland and, like most people, I read and read as much as I could. What a wealth of useful information!

I have just moved to Basel (early July) and am in temporary accommodation in BS. I work for Roche and am here on an expat package. While I am actually English I am actually relocating from the USA with my wife (American) and two children (4 and 2) and 3 dogs (Italian Greyhounds). The family are remaining in the US for a few months while I get settled.

Really looking forward to exploring the town, country and people. Already, I seem to have a few stories regarding the language barrier and the weather. Phew - it rains a lot here (I'm moving from Arizona...)

Hello to everyone!
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Re: Moved to Basel

Hello Oxon welcome to Basel and to the forum!

One of the hard parts for folks working for the pharmas here I think is learning the language - I HAVE to speak it / understand it a little in order to communicate with my mother-in-law (and my 3yo nephew speaks better than I ) but for folks who work in the big internationals, you speak English with your family at home, English spoken at work, so it is harder to force yourself (for many) to try to speak outside of a class room. So, good luck with it, it's not so bad, many of the local folk in Basel speak / understand English too (which is another thing that makes it tough for us) so you'll rarely be "stuck" unable to communicate at all.

The weather, ahhh... now that is a subject you can find many locals willing to discuss, not so different than elsewhere and it does provide somewhat of an icebreaker with getting into the language too. It IS wet this year and cooler than last year too, if I remember right there were restrictions in some areas on fireworks for Aug 1st celebrations last year due to dryness. So, hopefully you brought some sweaters with you, we've been up and down a few times temperature wise this "summer," I figure it's just that type of year.


Anyhow, welcome again and good luck with all the things that will help you getting settled in.
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From one Oxonian to (I presume) another - welcome to the forum and I hope you enjoy Switzerland! Would be great to see you along here at some point http://www.oxbridgezurich.org/ .
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Thanks RobM, you are correct.

I'll check out the link. Always good to meet up and talk about the good old days.
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Welcome to Basel! I'm new here myself and I would like to thank you for brining a weather shift with you. While I don't love the rain, I'll take it over 30+ degrees! Today is perfect so thanks again! Hope to see you around Basel sometime soon.
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I'll check out the link. Always good to meet up and talk about the good old days.
Glad to hear it. I'll hope to see you around!
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Ooh I love seeing people coming over from my hometown Another person to talk to about the delights of Cowley Road and the infamous Turf Cavern

Welcome to Basel. You may find it very different to life in the Dreaming Spires
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Welcome to your new Home

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Welcome to the Basel
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Cowley road was always interesting....but wasn't there a club called park End as well in the city centre? Welcome to the forum
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