Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Apartment Hunting Begins

Today our Swiss guide took me to a few places we were interested in seeing.  As most of you know - we are in temporary corporate housing for a few months while we look for permanent living quarters.  Our guide has been great at sending me some choices to pick from (based on what we are looking for) and so she made appointments for 5 of them today.  1 of them is what I considered perfect.  I absolutely loved it.  It was a duplex, but only has an attached one side.  It is 3 stories and has a basement.  4 bedrooms and 2 1/2 bathrooms.  It has a big enclosed yard.  It was recently renovated and it was really pretty inside.  Has a dishwasher and washer and dryer.  Mat needs to see it and then we can decide.

The other four we saw were fine, but not for us.  One was too small, one only had 1 bathroom (not really a plus when there are 3 girls in the house), one was in a noisy neighborhood, and one was just outdated.  But I was glad to see all of them to see what was out there.  They were all in different neighborhoods, so that was great to see.  We have plans to see more as the week (weeks) go along.  We have lots of time to decide.

Finley had an early dismissal day today.  Her school follows the public school system schedule, and after lunch kids are dismissed to go home on Wednesdays.  Every.Wednesday.  Sigh.  There is a sports club that runs at Finley's school on Wednesday afternoons, but that isn't something she can really do.  She was excited to come home before her siblings today and have peace and quiet.

This evening Mat and I took our dog - Scooby - on a long walk.  We walked down near the Rhine, passed a museum, and through a park.  We saw a lot of people coming home from work with their Fisch (bag for keeping their clothes while they swim in the Rhine) and getting ready to take a swim.  We saw people riding their bikes and sitting in the parks relaxing.  Lots of people out and about.

Tomorrow is a down day - nothing during the day (Except grocery shopping).  Looking forward to relaxing and maybe going in the museum for a stroll.

Today's pictures:

This is a common sight around town - container gardens with apartments.  A lot of Swiss have them and they are very proud of them.
 This is the biggest of the three remaining gates from the time Basel was surrounded by a wall.  It was really beautiful. Our guide said it is the symbol of Basel
 A museum near Roche called the Tinguley Museum
 Outside of the museum was a model of the museum with braille for blind people
 Your long German word from 
 Neat playground near our apartment.  Made of tree trunks

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