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Hello Everyone.

My name is Glenn and I am 33. I Have been living here in Basel since November 2011. I moved to Basel from Raleigh, North Carolina and speak fluent English and very, very little German.
I do not know anyone here and have no friends. I would like to get out and meet some people and as I do not work and have alot of free time on my hands.
What is there to do here?

Glenn.
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Re: American guy in Basel.

Hi Glenn, welcome to Basel and to EF.

If you keep an eye on the Social Events section, often there are things that come up - and if there is something which interests you but you don't see, feel free to make an event, maybe some others are too shy to create something but wanting to join in.

A lot of us who speak English come from warmer, sunnier climes, so Basel winter tends to send us into hibernation (huddled around our sun lamps) until the sun comes out again. I wouldn't be too surprised to see a lot more activity again once things start really warming up though.
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Welcome to Basel! Hope you got out to enjoy Paddy's day and maybe met some people! Drop me a line if you want and i'll let you know when there is a meet up planned.
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Re: American guy in Basel.

Hey Glen!

I'm new here too. I moved here in January and I went to the social event in early February which was a curry night at Jay's. It was a really great night, and I also want to know about the next one.

But in the meantime, I am in the same situation as you! I am trying to find some work but in the meantime it would be nice to meet up with some people during the day for a coffee or just to sit on the Rhine in the sun for a chat.

I'm Scottish, I came here to join my Swiss boyfriend, and I'm 35. Email me a message and we can meet up.

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Old 20.03.2012, 19:28
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Re: American guy in Basel.

Welcome Glenn!

Basel EFers are the greatest! it takes a bit to figure out, but there are some things to do...but most require some cashflow ...how are you situated? Jobs seem to be tough to come by..

PegA: I beg to differ about that most Basel EFers come from warmer, sunnier climes: I grew up in Northeastern US/Massachusetts most recently (where are the nerd glasses when you need them?) ...yeah, but social scene does tend to gravitate to warmer not so rainy days.

Anyway, apart from the EF social stuff, get yourself enrolled in a German class if you plan to be here more than a year or two. Other clubs of interest (some may have membership dues):

Basel Area Social & Sports Meetup group: www.meetup.com/BASS-Basel-Area-Social-Sports/
Centrepoint: www.centrepoint.ch
If you like theater: www.semi-circle.ch

have fun and see you around...

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Re: American guy in Basel.

Hello Everyone,

Heather B, that would be great, I need to make some friends here male or female since I do not have any.
It sure would be nice to get out of the apt. and walk around the city some. I have lots of free time on my hands.

Brucefan,

Cash flow is tight, since my wife is the bread winner for now. She gives me an allowance...lol.

I enrolled in a German class and it was not so succesfull. Bad teacher, big class....I learned a little, but I am looking at another school that hopefully will have better results. Jobs are tough to find here...especially when they want you to know the language. Is there anywhere in Basel where I might be able to find a job not knowing any German?? I was a auto mechanic in the USA for 15yrs.

I will def. have to check out some of the social events, maybe my wife can find some free time in her busy schedule to come with me also...
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Hey Glen!

I'm new here too. I moved here in January and I went to the social event in early February which was a curry night at Jay's. It was a really great night, and I also want to know about the next one.

Heather
Ah good reminder, thanks! I think i will plan one for early April. Will check with some places tomorrow and post a social event soon!
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Re: American guy in Basel.

Hello.
Welcome to Basel!
how are you enjoying the city so far?

i have been oput here since July last year, i work as a english teacher.

It is a good idea to keep an eye on the social pages, they are always worth browsing.

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Not entiiirely out of topic, but I just need to share my happiness! Just received my tickets for the concert in Zürich! \o/

But anyway, welcome to Basel, Glenn!

I take German classes at UniBasel and it is actually pretty good. Our group had 8 people and 2 more joined since the first class, but that's it. I guess it's a good working size for practicing some speech (very basic as we are all beginners, but hey! It's something!) and still the teacher has time to go through some individual tips. It costs 440- for 3 months which seems to be a good price when you compare it with other courses. Let's see how it improves. I told the woman at the bookstore where I bought the books for the classes that I hoped that in three months I'd be able to do that in German and she was very encouraging, saying people taking that course usually do improve a lot.

As for free time and activities, I would love to join an after-work event!
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Re: American guy in Basel.

BruceFan, Heather,

I'm free during the day so if you want to meet up - wander about the town - take a trip to France or Germany for a coffee, shopping - or just get out of the house for a bit feel free to send me a PM.

At night my husband and I usually go to the gym (met lots of nice people there) so I'd like to do some socialising during the day.

I moved over from Scotland about 18 months ago but am originally from America.
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Will be in touch next week! Quite busy this week! have fun
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Re: American guy in Basel.

Hello everyone,

I moved from the Netherlands to Basel last week and I will be here for two months, I would like to join for a drink also. I am here for work so I am not able to join at day drink or talks.

I do not really know what the social events is but I assume that it is an event that is organize by some people that are in the English forum. I would like to hear more about that.

Greetz Joni
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Re: American guy in Basel.

Hi All, same for me I quite new here and I don't have a huge network of people.

I'm an independent worker, with plenty time off from time to time and would love to join or organise some activities.
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I enrolled in a German class and it was not so succesfull. Bad teacher, big class....I learned a little, but I am looking at another school that hopefully will have better results. Jobs are tough to find here...especially when they want you to know the language. Is there anywhere in Basel where I might be able to find a job not knowing any German?? I was a auto mechanic in the USA for 15yrs.

I will def. have to check out some of the social events, maybe my wife can find some free time in her busy schedule to come with me also...
Hi there, welcome to the forum.

If you are an auto mechanic looking for a job, a job as a mechanic at a Swiss auto garage would probably require you to get a Swiss mechanic diploma first. Learn the language and start talking to some of the mechs at garages in your neighbourhoud.

Alternatively, there are many English speaking foreigners around Basel, so you may want to setup your own business and target EF colleagues. However, good luck with getting all the certifications.....

KR, Henk
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Re: American guy in Basel.

Henk,

To have my own garage would be nice, especially for the English speaking people of Basel and surronding areas. The only problem is you havee to have alot of money to start up your own business. I looked at doing that one time in the States where I used to live with a friend and it was well over $250,000+ building, tools, lifts, parts, insurance, business license e.t.c..... one can dream though.

So when and where are we all going to meet up for a coffee or beer? I am free almost any morning or afternoon.
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I can tomorrow afternoon, then travelling until Sunday.
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