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I am a 32yo italian guy moving soon to Basel to work as researcher. During last 5 years I've been working in Helsinki, Stockholm and San Sebastian, now I'm a bit worried because Basel will be the first one without the sea...let's see if I can manage it..

I ended up on the forum looking for info to settle down in a new city (housing etc) and found very useful topics but it would also be nice to meet new people.
Bye!
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Welcome to the forum and soon to Switzerland.
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Welcome to Basel, Ferdi! It's definitely not a beach culture like San Sebastian, but you're right in the heart of old Europe. So, enjoy a small but cosmopolitan (old medieval) city that is so close to the beautiful alps, Black Forest, and Alsace. Believe me, Basel can feel busy with things to do, esp at the Messe (conference center), Herbstmesse (Fall Festival), and of course Fasnacht (Carnival). There's the river in case you find time away from your research you can swim down it in summertime.

It should be fun, but it's not the most dynamic place to live and work. I wasn't here as a bachelor, so I wish you well there! It's not so bad if you're raising small kids and fall into a routine. Should be fun, at least for a few publications! And Italy is pretty easy to get to, esp with EasyJet.

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Hi all!
I am a 32yo italian guy moving soon to Basel to work as researcher. During last 5 years I've been working in Helsinki, Stockholm and San Sebastian, now I'm a bit worried because Basel will be the first one without the sea...let's see if I can manage it..

I ended up on the forum looking for info to settle down in a new city (housing etc) and found very useful topics but it would also be nice to meet new people.
Bye!
Hey Ferdi! yeah, definitely something that you will be missing... BUT, we have a river at least!
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Hi all!
I am a 32yo italian guy moving soon to Basel to work as researcher. During last 5 years I've been working in Helsinki, Stockholm and San Sebastian, now I'm a bit worried because Basel will be the first one without the sea...let's see if I can manage it..

I ended up on the forum looking for info to settle down in a new city (housing etc) and found very useful topics but it would also be nice to meet new people.
Bye!
Benvenuto a Basilea
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Re: New and moving to Basel

There are a few English speaking clubs in Basel. They are a good way to meet new people and make friends.

The Anglo Swiss Club of Basel and Centrepoint amongst others both come to mind.
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Welcome to Basel, Ferdi! It's definitely not a beach culture like San Sebastian, but you're right in the heart of old Europe. So, enjoy a small but cosmopolitan (old medieval) city that is so close to the beautiful alps, Black Forest, and Alsace. Believe me, Basel can feel busy with things to do, esp at the Messe (conference center), Herbstmesse (Fall Festival), and of course Fasnacht (Carnival). There's the river in case you find time away from your research you can swim down it in summertime.

It should be fun, but it's not the most dynamic place to live and work. I wasn't here as a bachelor, so I wish you well there! It's not so bad if you're raising small kids and fall into a routine. Should be fun, at least for a few publications! And Italy is pretty easy to get to, esp with EasyJet.

Enjoy!
Thanks! Yes, before accepting this job, I have thought carefully about it trying to put everything on the scale, I also had a good offer in Lausanne, but in the end I think Basel can offer me more in terms of opportunities and it seems more international and less student-oriented. I also had the feeling that you can live without knowing German (if you know it even better), isn't it?
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I would definitely have picked Lausanne over Basel.
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Thanks! Yes, before accepting this job, I have thought carefully about it trying to put everything on the scale, I also had a good offer in Lausanne, but in the end I think Basel can offer me more in terms of opportunities and it seems more international and less student-oriented. I also had the feeling that you can live without knowing German (if you know it even better), isn't it?
Developing some knowledge of German is just part of the survival skills one needs to get by here, but no it's not essential. It probably depends mostly on your work environment. You'll find it difficult to totally get by without none but you'll also be able to get by with English and Italian in certain situations, e.g. setting up internet with UPC. The Basel-Stadt Canton will give you a voucher for some free lessons, so take them up on it.

It's quite international here but there's an historic community. Even though we say they speak German, it's really only the written language and the locals prefer their dialect. As an Italian, i guess you can appreciate that.

Anyway, it's not a bad place to get started in Switzerland and then you'll find your way to Lausanne, San Sebastian, or the next great opportunity. It's the way of the expat life!

Buona fortuna!
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Developing some knowledge of German is just part of the survival skills one needs to get by here, but no it's not essential.
Actually it will be if you want to keep your permit to live/work here.

https://www.englishforum.ch/permits-...t-holders.html

Due to come into force some time this summer.
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