When we decided to take an international work assignment in Switzerland in 2007, we knew it would change our lives, but what we did not know is how our lives would change.
This small country has offered our eyes visions that we didn’t know were possible. We are still in complete “awe” each time we venture into the Alps. There is magic in those mountains. The fields of wildflowers, the crystal lakes and the fresh air are unimaginable, even after all these years we still adore our new home. We also relish in our proximity to the rest of Europe and enjoy exploring this part of the globe. There is something so intoxicating, so educational about travel, it leaves a mark on you; it changes you and makes you a different person.
We are different people and we are raising our children differently as well. We recall with giddy smiles, the times we met old farmers in small villages, watching the sun set in glory over famous Swiss peaks, walking through monasteries in Portugal, seeing the village where our ancestors were from, taking in the Tour de France with fresh eyes and sharing those incredible experiences with our two children. We have taken in crystal calm waters, felt completely engrossed with architecture, and spent countless hours in remarkable museums. We have learned more about our relationship as a couple, and learned more about ourselves as individuals by moving abroad.
Each time we enter a new country we feel transformed, and we are teaching our children what it means to respect other people, other cultures and other customs; all the while raising them in a multi – cultural environment that is Basel.
This experience is vast and joyful and that is why we have come to share it with you.
Many people wonder how we afford to travel so frequently. The answer is simple, we make sacrifices on a daily basis to allow for this way of life. We do not own cars, a home, send our children to private schools, employ a housekeeper, or purchase things we do not need; simply put, we would rather collect memories than possessions.
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Are you new to Basel and not sure where to start? Are you feeling naturally overwhelmed? Wouldn’t it be nice to meet with someone who could provide you with tips, tricks and helpful insights to make your transition that much easier?
As a nine – year Basel resident, wife, former project manner, ongoing volunteer and mother of two, I can honestly say I know a thing or two about life in Basel.
If you are new to Basel and would like to meet to ask your most pressing questions, or simply walk with me through the city or neighborhoods to get better acquainted with Basel, I will happily assist you.
I meet with individuals on Tuesday and Thursday mornings between the hours of 8:30 – 11:30 to help your transition run smoother. I help those newly arriving to Basel feel less alone and most importantly, give individuals the confidence and resources they need to make the most of their new life.
How It Works
I kindly ask new clients to be prepared with questions they would like to ask, places in the city they would like to visit, or a specialized tour in which I can provide. Our meeting can be an informal chat in a local coffee shop, a tour of the city, or a detailed meeting with specific goals in mind.
Rest assured, if you pose a question that I cannot answer immediately, please rest assured that I will respond to you via phone within a 24 – hour period.
To find out more, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Name: Melinda Taylor Schoutens
Please make your initial contact via email. Once we have connected via email, I will reach out to you by phone.