Fasnacht 2017

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Basel will celebrate Fasnacht on Monday, March 6 at 4:00 am with Morgenstreich through Wednesday, March 8, 2017.  And this year, we as a family might just participate in Morgenstreich, as our children have never witnessed the magic of a dark city while Piccolos and drums fill the streets with their remarkable sounds. Nor have they ever witnessed the soft glow of the lights that fill the city as Fasnacht quietly gets underway.

What is Fasnacht you might ask? Fasnacht always takes place the week after Ash Wednesday and for exactly 72 hours, Basel lets her hair down and embraces Fasnacht a.k.a. carnival, where the people relax, parties are everywhere and floats and noise line the city streets.

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What you need to know to celebrate Faschnact in Basel.

Morgenstreich starts at 4:00a.m, yes, that is right, that is not a typo. The start of Fasnacht is early, dark and memorable. You will wake in the pre-dawn light, where the streets in Basel will be packed with people, noise and processions from Fasnacht cliques.

The official parade will take place on Monday and on Wednesday and will start at 13:30. The masked participants will take to the streets of Basel playing drums, piccolos and tossing confetti, roses and confetti from their wagons to the enthusiastic onlookers. The streets will be covered in colorful confetti and sweeties.

2012-02-28-fshnk_117Lantern Exhibit – All of the beautifully created lanterns will be on display on Münsterplatz on Monday evening through Wednesday morning. For those who have never seen this, it is worth a trip to take in these lovely pieces of artwork.

Carnival of the Children – Tuesday is always dedicated to the children. Dress up your children in costumes, give them a sack to carry for collecting sweets, oranges and flowers and take them to the streets. Please keep a close watch on your children, as the wagons are not able to see small people and can be very dangerous.

Practical Advice

The best way to travel to Basel for Fasnacht is not by car, but rather by train. If you reside in the city, consider walking to the event. Trams are on special routes during carnival.

Purchase a carnival badge or Plakette at many public spaces in and around the city. The Banhoff always has

Bring your camera – the colors, the confetti, the cliques all make for beautifully vivid images that you will want to capture.

Watch your children!  Though stated before, safety at Fasnacht is key. With thousands of people, it is easy to lose a little one in the crowds.  Also, the wagons are huge and often times do not have clear visibility.  Keep your children at arms reach.

Have fun!

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Emergencies

If you are new or even an old resident of Switzerland, make sure you are prepared for an emergency in your new country. Take a moment right now and do one of two things.

First, print the numbers listed below and tape them to your refrigerator.

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Switzerland:

FIRE – 118

POLICE – 117

AMBULANCE – 144

POISON – 145

EUROPE – EMERGENCY SERVICES – 112

Basel Area:

Kinderspital – Pediatric Emergencies – 061 704 12 12

Universitäts – Kantonsspital Basel – 061 265 25 25

Dental Emergencies – 061 281 47 67

Pharmacies – 061 263 75 75

If you are interested in learning more about first aid response, consider registering for a course in English through HealthFirst. The classes are delivered in English and the course material is invaluable. The next course is scheduled for March 17, 2017 at Kindermusik in Dreispitz.

Welcome to Basel!

Once you have arrived in Switzerland and your head is still spinning from the reality that you did just indeed leave the comforts of home for an international work/life assignment, take a moment to catch your breath, and allow yourself to fall in love with your new country. Start to explore the city (assuming you are living in one), the area in which you now reside and the country. I promise you, all the stress from the past will melt away as you stroll your new streets, with Swiss chocolate in hand and gorgeous views in sight.

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Listed below are a few ways to help you become better acquainted with Basel and the surrounding areas. Watch out, you might just fall in love…we did and that love is deep!

Basel

Basel is a small (under 200,000 people) city, but very charming and extremely walk-able. Stroll into the local tourist office (located in Barfüsserplatz) and obtain a map of the city before your start your trek. Then stop at a local chocolate shop, select something Read more

Beautiful Basel

With just under 200,000 residents, and rarely mentioned in travel books,  Basel is the perfect size city for our family.  Rich with culture, open – air markets, quaint streets and tiny neighborhoods, Basel is indeed a great place to reside and visit.

To learn more about Basel, please visit our recently published article, MLTJ Basel, Switzerland.

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Speaking

More 2 Explore is now giving talks. Yes, you read that right; we are now going “on the road” and talking about our experience of moving from America to Basel. We answer the big questions, such as, how did we do it? Why did we take the plunge? Why do we stay? When will it be time to go home? How can you too enjoy a life in a foreign country?

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We also talk about the daily life of an expat and what it means to live, work, travel and raise a family in Switzerland.  If you are considering moving to Basel, but don’t know where to start, we might just be able to help.  After living in Basel for the past nine years, we have experienced our share of life in a foreign country and we are happy to help you make a smooth transition.  We are happy to meet with individuals or small groups to answer your most pressing questions, show you around the city and provide you with valuable resources that will make your integration all the easier.

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Why, are we doing this now?

We want to share our experiences with others and help individuals make the most of their new life, in their new city.  We truly enjoy meeting new people, sharing our experiences (positive and negative) with those considering taking the leap and moving to a foreign country.

And finally, because….

“Once in awhile it really hits people that they don’t have to experience the world in a way they have been told to.” Alan Keightley

By moving to a foreign country, individuals are stepping out of the norm in order to embrace, experience and live a new, exciting life.  By no means is this a conventional existence, but one that is rich with experiences that is guaranteed to leave your life in an altered state.

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Honest. Thought provoking. Genuine.

 

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Each talk or meeting is crafted to your specific needs, so let us know what you are looking for and together we will build the perfect meeting/seminar/experience.

For more information, please contact us.

Contact: Melinda or Robert

Email: melschoutens@gmail.com

Comment:  Or simply post a comment on this page and we will be in touch.