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Hello! British frontalier new to Saint-Louis.

Hello Everybody!

I've finally recieved confirmation where I'm going to be living so I thought I'd introduce myself.

I'm an English scientist due to start work in Basel in December and will be moving to a company apartment in Saint Louis with my family at the end of November. My wife is French (hence the frontalier thing) and we have a 6 month old daughter and a 4 year old boy. We've been living in Scotland for the past 12 years and are all very excited about our move to the continent.

A search of the forum has revealed a toddler group in Saint-Louis which my wife will be interested in. Also if anyone would like to meet up for coffee when we arrive in a fortnight please let me know. We're very keen to make new friends.

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Old 16.11.2010, 12:00
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Re: Hello! British frontalier new to Saint-Louis.

Hello, Looks like you've got the best of two worlds with staying in France - is that your long term plan??

My husband and I just arrived from Scotland a few weeks ago - seems like we are missing some serious cold weather right now!!!

Good luck with your move.

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Re: Hello! British frontalier new to Saint-Louis.

Aye, we plan to rent/buy in France once we're booted out of the company apartment. My wife is keen that the kids learn French properly (my son understands it, he just refuses point blank to speak it!) and she is more comfortable with the education system in France too.

It is bright but cold in Lanarkshire at the moment. Brrr! Nice to hear someone from Scotland is hear too. I wonder if there's the equivalent of the Falkirk Wheel in Basel though? A real technological marvel!

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Re: Hello! British frontalier new to Saint-Louis.

Well we did find a 'canal' (might have been a river) this weekend in Erlen park - great paths for cycling on and a free animal park - you should definitely take the kids (I Loved the monkeys and the mini goats)!! And we walked from Basel to Germany - then to St. Louis a few weekends ago and there was a nice canal there as well. I'm not too bothered if they don't have a fancy wheel I just want flat, traffic free paths to cycle on and there seems to be plenty!!

My father is from Italy and moved to America when he was 14 - he had such a hard time with English that he wanted his kids to speak english so he never taught us italian!!! I really really wish he did - -your wife is so right to want yours to learn french - they will thank you when they are older!!

We are heading back to Falkirk this weekend for a quick visit and have realised that we don't have warm enough clothes here to wear for the trip over!! We will get a shock when we leave the airport.
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Re: Hello! British frontalier new to Saint-Louis.

Hi FiercelyFuzzy! I'm wondering how you're getting on, especially your wife with the toddler/baby group.

We are due to move to that area too by end June and we're keen to be frontaliers too. 3 kids (last 2 about same ages as yours) so need bigger houses without paying half the salary over.

We also wanted our 2 school going girls to pick up French instead of sending them to the International school they're used to.

Let me know how you're getting on!
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Re: Hello! British frontalier new to Saint-Louis.

Hi

I am a 'frontalier too" live in Blotzheim up the road and have a 4 year old girl.

Would be nice to meet other parents too.

If you want some info, I would be happy to help.
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