My Basel: Meaghan Renner
I live in Kleinbasel which is a lovely area and very close to the Wiese River and Lange Erlan. There are lots of trees and green spaces and it is also very close to the German border, which makes for easy cross border shopping!
What are you up to at the moment for work?
I'm a proud housewife. I stopped working when we moved and have been really enjoying having more time for my family.
I have never been so adventurous with my cooking and have been able to pursue a lot of
interesting projects on my own. I'm also taking intensive German lessons.
What was the last exhibition or play you saw?
The Tingueley Museum, the permanent exhibition. The kids really enjoyed pressing all the buttons to see the pieces move, but to be honest it wasn't my type of art. Personally, I prefer the Kunstmuseum as it has a great 19th Century collection.
What is the best meal you have had in Basel?
Hmmm that is a tough one! To be honest Basel does not have the most inventive restaurant scene and I was previously spoiled by living in Toronto, but I do love Flavors of Israel at Markthalle, it is fresh and delicious. Mostly I cook though, as I find eating out too expensive and I find the quality of groceries to be really excellent.
Which shops do you rely on?
I really love Manor, I find they have a really nice selection of clothing for the whole family and their food hall and restaurant are also great. Plus their points card adds up quickly.
What are you looking forward to upcoming in the city?
Basel has an amazing Lindy Hop scene and there are a couple dances per month run by Basel Jitterbugs at Des Arts where they have a live band. The atmosphere is really great and it feels like walking back in time.
What makes someone "Baselion"?
Friendly, welcoming, but reserved. The locals can initially seem bit stand off-ish, but if you join into an organised social activity they really open up and welcome you into their group. We have met some really lovely people that way.
For someone new to the city, what advice would you give?
What is your Basel secret?
If you do not know German, take lessons. 80 free hours are given to each person living in Basel Stadt for language lessons and knowing even the basics really helps for a smooth transition. Plus, the group lessons are a great way to meet people. Also join an organised social activity, like sports or dance lessons. It will help you to meet more people, especially locals, and it also helps to get more familiarity with Swiss German.
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Featured in this edition of "My Basel"
The Tingueley Museum, Paul Sacher-Anlage 2, 4002 Basel
Kunstmuseum, St. Alban-Graben 16, 4051 Basel
Flavors of Israel, Steinentorberg 20, 4051 Basel
Des Arts, Barfüsserpl. 6, 4051 Basel
Basel Jitterbugs; www.baseljitterbugs.ch