Hey there fellow perfume lovers! How are you all doing?
Please forgive me. I had grand plans of reviewing something for you this week, but I had an unfortunate encounter with some serious gluten upon my arrival and I cannot stand any perfume or strong smells. My poor tummy is in agony here.
Arrival in Basel
We arrived in Basel safe and sound two weeks ago. The first three nights were spent in a hotel right smack in the center of the city and then we were moved to our temporary apartment.
It is funny, you would think that since we moved only within Europe that we would be feeling completely at home already. Honestly, though, cultural differences are quite big even within Europe and I am feeling out of sorts, a bit lost. Thankfully we have a lovely relocation agent shuffling us along like pieces on a chess board from appointment to appointment and making sure that we are dotting our i’s and crossing our t’s. She is a God-send actually and I am so grateful for her assistance. German is spoken throughout Basel and I can at least communicate with people with ease.
If I may be perfectly honest with you, I was getting a bit depressed at the beginning here with the exorbitant prices. Just walking into a store to pick up garbage bags can get my pulse dangerously high (the cost for 10 bags is CHF 23 and I can only use the official bags from the city), let alone paying three times more for cleaning supplies. Don’t even get me started on the cost of meat.
If I am able to look past the prices of the groceries, I am actually able to find a lot more variety for this family with allergies. Speaking of grocery shopping, we are so lucky to be right next to the German and French borders. Everyone hops over the border to do the major shopping once a week and the savings are incredible not only because of the cheaper prices but also because we can claim back the taxes.
That all aside, my first impression of Basel is that we have landed in a gorgeous city, rich with history, colourful architecture and full of friendly people willing to assist is any way they can. It is sublimely clean in the city. The air is fresh and unpolluted. The tap water is sweet and clean. Public transportation is punctual and frequent and takes us everywhere so there is no need for a car.
We hit the jackpot in coming to Basel with respect to the weather. It isn’t too cold and we have lots of sunny days which I am told is normal. Having the sun shining is especially helpful when we are house hunting. We can see what the house will really offer us. Here are some pictures of a recent house we saw which had magnificent views from the top floor. Unfortunately it was a bit small for all of our ‘stuff’. There is another house in the same area of town which we are hoping to rent. Fingers crossed…
What perfume discoveries have you made lately? Anything I should try?
Oodles of fragrant kisses.