Preparing to move: a photo post

I don’t really have time for blogging at the moment, but I felt the need to give a small sign of life, so here’s a quick dump of the photos I’ve taken recently. Some were taken on my tablet, so the quality is correspondingly not great.

Lunch on the train a few weeks ago on my way to yet more flat viewings. Totally healthy, right? πŸ˜‰


I’m trying to use up as much stuff as possible because the removals company said it can be difficult getting food into Switzerland. Here’s a cake I made for my colleagues in an attempt to get rid of some instant coffee.


All our boxes need to be given a number and we need to provide detailed packing lists for customs (the joys of moving to a non-EU country!). Here’s a note I wrote to Jan the other morning. I wasn’t sure what number he’d got up to the night before and the file with the packing list is on his computer.

Packing note

Boxes, boxes everywhere! The current state of my living room (also apparently the white balance is off on the tablet? My living room isn’t actually blue!).


The removal men are coming on Tuesday morning, then I’ll be spending roughly a month living with next to no furniture and one of each kitchen item! The computer is leaving too, so other than at work I’ll only be able to access the Internet via our mini tablet, meaning my posting will probably continue to be erratic for a while! Then, as of May, you can expect plenty of pretty pictures of Switzerland πŸ™‚


29 thoughts on “Preparing to move: a photo post

  1. That looks like a ton of work! I hadn’t thought about the fact that you were moving to a non-EU country either. I guess that really must complicate things! But your colleagues are lucky, haha — that cake looks delicious!

    1. Yes, it’s so much more work! Jan’s company is sorting out his paperwork but I had to research for myself whether I was even allowed to live there without working in Switzerland when we’re not married.

  2. Me and my bf are moving in togather in a couple of months. We’ll still be in the same country, but I’m still going crazy – there is so much stuff to do! So I totally get you, GOOD LUCK!!

  3. Looks like you’re making real progress there! Have you read ‘Packing my suitcase”s latest post? πŸ˜‰
    And Maltesers are the lighter way to enjoy chocolate so that’s all good in my book πŸ™‚

  4. Oh looks like so much work! 😦 That month without all the furniture and utensils is going to be interesting! haha But pretty soon hopefully things will smooth out, once you’re all settled.

    1. I was packing up the kitchen yesterday and kept saying to Jan “I’ll keep this pan here, and I’ll leave this frying pan out”. I have one suace pan, a frying pan, a chopping board and wo each of knives, forks, spoons and wine glasses (Jan will be coming back some weekends so we need two). Tonight I need to put some plates, cups and bowls into my “do not take” cupboard. Then I get to keep a bed, two folding chairs, the coffee table and the wardrobe (which we’re planning on getting rid of so it will stay til the end of April then be destroyed). It’s going to be… uhh… interesting? The TV is also going but luckily I rarely watch it anyway πŸ˜‰

  5. Hallo! Wie gehts?! Nice to find your blog- I saw your comment on Jane’s blog about living in Germany and hopped right over- my favourite language in the world is Deutsch! I wish I had more opportunity to speak it. I am SO envious you are moving to Basel- we spent our honeymoon in Switzerland taking the trains all round the country and I ADORED Basel. SO interesting. The museums were fascinating- I loved the Jean Tinguelly museum and the Basel paper museum was amazing- up until we somehow managed to totally innocently evade the people saying it was closing time and were still in there an hour afterwards until someone realised we weren’t curators- we didn’t have a clue- it was SO embarassing! I really want to go back there! I loved getting the boat across the river rather than having to walk to a bridge!x

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