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10.01.2011 19:00 to 21:00
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City/Town: Basel
Event Type: Coffee/Chat
Meeting Point: All Bar One, Steinenvorstadt 37

Sorry for being so slack in getting the next meeting up here; December craziness has taken over!

We had another great chat last week about Freakonomics, and various other spin-off topics from that (for those who enjoyed it, don't forget to check out Superfreakonomics, and the movie!)

Since we've only got a couple of chosen books left (see below), please bring along any suggestions in January and we'll pick out the next few (there's no criteria, just any book that you've enjoyed or found interesting).

Upcoming books:
January: The Idea of Perfection by Kate Grenville
February: The Hiding Place by Trezza Azzopard

And newcomers are always welcome, just RSVP here, or drop me a private message if you have any questions.

Merry Christmas and see you in the new year!!
RSVP'd Yes: 6 (6 members and No guests) RSVP'd Maybe: 3 (3 members and No guests)
  • rebelyell - Will try and make it. First time. Should be fun.
  • vikram_bhatt7 - Interested in Books and meeting book lovers...first timer and looking forward to meet you all :-)
  • JohnE - Not sure I can make it this month
RSVP'd No: 2
  • BruceFan - sorry will miss this and the Feb one, traveling :-)
  • Jeannettestr - Hey - I'd love to come - I am new to Basel and looking to meet new people. Could you let me know what book you are reading for January so I can join you guys for the next meeting. Thank you!!
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Old 02.01.2011, 16:07
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Re: Basel Book Club

I plan to attend as a first-timer. Looking forward to it!
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Old 09.01.2011, 16:56
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Re: Basel Book Club

Hello Baslers,
I'll be moving to Basel with my wife in April. I presume that many of you have been living there for a while.

Maybe someone could tell me what it's like for english speakers in Basel. I'll be working in the Jura (in french), but living in Basel because I assume it's pretty cosmopolitan. Are the people friendly/open to english speakers? Is it easy to get around? see movies in original language, menus in restaurants, etc...???

Apologies for the barrage of questions. Moving is just really exciting for us.

Hats off to MissMelbourne for organizing the book club!
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Old 10.01.2011, 09:30
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Re: Basel Book Club

Hi Swiss-ninja,

I'm actually not the organiser of the book club; I only joined last year, the book club had been going long before that. We take it in turns of who posts the event...so you too could have the chance to be the 'organiser'!

Basel is great, and hopefully you and your wife will enjoy it! The 'cosmopolitan'ness of Basel is in direct relation to where you have lived previously. I find there's lots of things to do, and always something going on....but people coming from New York, Barcelona and London might disagree!

I spent the first year here speaking no English and managed fine; restaurants usually have an English menu and movies are generally in their original language (with german and french subtitles). However, I must admit, it's much nicer now being able to speak a bit, so if you have the time, I'd recommend at least learning some basics.

Good luck with all the moving and maybe we'll see you and your wife in April.
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