An Expat in Basel

I’m back!!! I guess after a twelve month absence I should start this post with an apology, but I can’t and I won’t!!!

I’m not being rude but these last twelve months have just been earth shattering! Change, change and more change and I’ve feel like I’ve made the most of each and every opportunity that has come before me. On this, the eve of my earth-shattering change, what better time to kick start my blog!!

I finished my old job, a job I’d been in for almost 13 years since graduating university. I moved from the town I’d lived in for 22 years other than my time at university. I moved house; not just across the street as some of my previous moves but over 500 miles away to a place I had only visited once before for a job interview.  

Only two months previously I had applied for a job that I thought was beyond me; taking the brave leap from the public sector to the corporate world. I updated my CV and impressed myself with what I had managed to achieve but still doubted myself. I applied. I got an interview which on its own was an achievement and I was happy with that alone. Then I was offered the job!

Fast forward two months and I stepped off the plane in a city I’d barely heard of. Just stepping off the aeroplane was an adventure as I almost walked out into the wrong country! Basel is situated on the German French Swiss border so I almost started my expat life in France by mistake. 

So with a new job, new house, new country, new language and new life I’m sure you’ll excuse the temporary silence! But now I’m back. I have a new look blog and lots to update your on!! Here’s just a flash of what this Expat has been up to!

  • Fasnacht in Basel.
  • Cable car up Mount Pilatus.
  • Mountain carting down Mount First.
  • Basel FC vs Manchester United football game.
  • Basler Herbstmesse.
  • Vogel Gryff.
  • Open fire fondue.
  • Basel Womens Institute Bake Off Competition.
  • Grindelwald
  • Lucerne.
Bis später


  1. October 22, 2018 / 9:59 pm

    This sounds like the best year ever! It takes a lot to pack up and move but the experience is almost always the best thing ever. It looks like you’ve done some amazing things too x


    • The Baking Backpacker
      October 23, 2018 / 5:21 am

      I have Definately crammed the year!!! But so much more to do!!!

    • The Baking Backpacker
      October 25, 2018 / 7:33 pm

      Thank you!! Loving Swiss life!

  2. October 25, 2018 / 5:49 pm

    Wow! What an exciting twelve months you have had! You are so brave to start a whole new life in a new country, you are such an inspiration! I’m loving the photos and from your list it looks like you have done some incredible things. It sounds so amazing, thanks for sharing <3 xx

    Bexa |

    • The Baking Backpacker
      October 25, 2018 / 7:34 pm

      Thanks! Sometimes I forget I actually was brave to do this!! Now reaping all the benefits!!

  3. Lisa's Notebook
    October 25, 2018 / 6:36 pm

    Wow, you’ve had an insanely busy year. Huge congratulations on taking such a giant leap, I’m so pleased it’s working out for you, look forward to more updates in due course!

    Lisa |

    • The Baking Backpacker
      October 25, 2018 / 7:34 pm

      Can’t wait to share -Switzerland is amazing!

  4. October 25, 2018 / 7:03 pm

    What an amazing year!! Any advice for people looking to do a similar thing?



    • The Baking Backpacker
      October 25, 2018 / 7:36 pm

      Just do it!!! It was daunting and the language barrier is tough! My best advice would be to just trust in yourself when applying for jobs and who knows where they may take you!

  5. October 25, 2018 / 8:17 pm

    Wow it sounds like you’ve had a crazy but wonderful year! I’d love to move somewhere completely new but I bet it was daunting!

    Soph – x

    • The Baking Backpacker
      October 25, 2018 / 8:19 pm

      It kinda was!! Especially not speaking much German but the expat community has been very easy to join!

  6. October 26, 2018 / 11:23 am

    Loved to read your ventures. The change is always good????????Best of luck.

    • The Baking Backpacker
      October 26, 2018 / 5:28 pm

      Thank you

  7. October 28, 2018 / 11:19 am

    Oh wow, how exciting! What a year you’ve had. Definitely don’t apologise for not blogging. Basel seems lovely, I’d love to visit Switzerland one day.


    • The Baking Backpacker
      October 28, 2018 / 11:28 am

      Switzerland is amazing – especially if you love hiking like me!

  8. October 28, 2018 / 9:36 pm

    welcome back to blogging, looks like you’ve had a wonderful year!

    • The Baking Backpacker
      October 29, 2018 / 7:09 am

      Can’t believe how quickly it flew by!

  9. October 31, 2018 / 2:16 pm

    That sounds like such a crazy year, no wonder you took a year off! Congrats for returning to blogging x

    • The Baking Backpacker
      October 31, 2018 / 3:02 pm

      Thanks ????

  10. November 2, 2018 / 2:29 pm

    Jealous much? What a wonderful adventure you’ve had!

    • The Baking Backpacker
      November 2, 2018 / 10:04 pm

      Thanks so much!

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