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Hi All, I'm Peter and I am just happy to be here. Working at a well known Pharmacuticals company for the last 2 months and currently living out of one hotel or another.

Almost everyone I work with lives outside Basel, mostly Zurich because they dont want to live in Basel. Just wondering what is wrong with Basel? I hear comments like its too small, too Swiss (what does that mean? Not cosmo enough) nothing to do in Basel.

There's at least 2 good bars if you like that sort of thing. Dont know the names, but there's the car park bar and there's the one on top of the sky scraper. You'll know if the places I describe if you've been there. Beware of the Jazz club, I was expecting Ronnie Scotts but sadly its not. It seems that almost all the restaraunts serve Pizza, maybe just the ones I've been to Check out Lilly's stomach supply by the cinema in Claraplatz if you like Thai food.

I was almost used to virtualy everything here costing double or tripple what you might expect and then last week at the airport all the ice creams were free. Bonkers! Great to go back to London every so often though, because there dinner and a night out in town now appears to be such good value for money.

Anyway, need to find the apartment section, must find somewhere to live 3 nights a week. the novelty of staying in a different hotels is quickly wearing off.

Have fun and keep smiling
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Re: Living it up in Basel

City beach and bar rouge

Basel is very un-Swiss so whoever said Basel's very Swiss is wrong. It is half the size of Zurich though and not as cosmopolitan. But it's on a river and on the borders of France and Germany. I like it.
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Re: Living it up in Basel

I've been trying to work out whether the OP is complaining, offering tips or asking advice. But then I re-read the thread title and realised that it was a jokes thread.
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Depends where you're from. Maybe he's from Geneva.
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...It is half the size of Zurich though and not as cosmopolitan. ..
In some ways Basel is more cosmopolitan than Zürich. Zürich is more so in the sense that there's a bigger assortment of people, Basel is in the sense that there's more mixing between the different sorts.

Well. That's my experience.

One thing you could try, that a colleague of mine did, is to go to the Three Kings and be told they're full... despite a sea of empty tables.

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Welcome to Basel! Hope you find a nice place to settle soon.
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Re: Living it up in Basel

Welcome to Basel, Peelypongo

Whoever told you there is nothing to do in Basel does not know Basel very well

There´s plenty to do here and certainly other decent bars than City Beach (car park) and Bar Rouge (´skyscraper´).
There are also plenty of non-pizza restaurants

Yes, it´s not cheap here, but having Germany and France around the corner certainly helps with that.

Hope to see you around for some of the social events - hopefully we can show you it´s plenty fun here in Basel.



Good luck with the apartment hunting!
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In some ways Basel is more cosmopolitan than Zürich. Zürich is more so in the sense that there's a bigger assortment of people, Basel is in the sense that there's more mixing between the different sorts.

Well. That's my experience.

One thing you could try, that a colleague of mine did, is to go to the Three Kings and be told they're full... despite a sea of empty tables.
People often complain about other places. I have, for instance, heard it said that the Zentralfriedhof in Vienna is only half the size of Zürich, but that it's twice as amusing.
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Re: Living it up in Basel

Hi and welcome
I am sure you are going to love Basel. It is a great little city

PS
The flat above mine is for rent - just near the Zoo. Great area
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