Rebecca Cohen’s Expat Corner – Life in the Land of Cheese and Chocolate
Hello! My name is Rebecca Cohen, and I’m a Brit abroad. Welcome to my expat corner on UK Gay Romance.
Back in 2011, I left behind the hustle and bustle of London, England to live in Basel, Switzerland, and the lovely Sue Brown has given me a monthly slot to witter on about some of the things I miss about Blighty, and the little differences that have changed my life now I’m a Swiss Miss.
So why Switzerland? Well, we moved over for my day job, and initially we said we’d give it two years and see how it goes. And two years later we’re still here, my hubby is enjoying being mein hausmann and I’ve also had our baby son – so we must be doing something right.
Basel on the Rive Rhine in the sunshine:
It’s been interesting time over the last two years. There are things I really miss about the UK, and there are things that have really endeared me to my adopted country. Over the months I’ll be introducing you to some of the Swiss customs and quirks that make life interesting, and bemoan the little things that make me pine for the UK.
Basel is a very pretty city (if you don’t believe see the photos!), and there’s always something to do. Our apartment sits on the banks of the Rhine, and we’re a ten minute walk to the centre of the city. Basel is very international in its outlook, and most people speak English, so to my shame my German is terrible (thankfully my husband’s is much better).
Basel Rathaus (town hall) – one of the prettiest buildings I’ve ever seen.
And step back to the 14th century in the city centre on the way to Basel Munster
Having spent Christmas in the UK, the things I miss have been at the forefront of my mind. As well as the obvious, friends and family, I miss the sea, London, Walkers Cheese and Onion crisps and Ribena (and don’t get me started about mince pies), and I’ll tell all about my woes in the coming months. Equally I’ve plenty of good things, Fasnacht – the strangest Spring Carnival I’ve ever experienced, Art Basel – where the city becomes a canvas, and Swiss Day where the amount of fireworks going off makes most Bonfire nights look like a damp squibb.
Hopefully you’ll join me in February when I’ll talk about why being the daughter of Cornishman made living in a landlocked country a bit of a shock, and why the River Rhine has become one of my favourite things.
Bio and Links:
Rebecca Cohen is a Brit abroad. Having swapped the Thames for the Rhine, she has left London behind and now lives with her husband and baby son in Basel, Switzerland. She can often be found with a pen in one hand and a cup of Darjeeling in the other.