Hard to make friends, difficult to learn the local language, fit into the local culture and integrate into the local community. Does this sound like your expat life in the Netherlands? That Was Then, And Now? Expat Survey Results Back in 2011, according to the Expat Explorer Survey carried out for HSBC Bank International, the Netherlands placed… Continue reading It is Impossible to Integrate, Fit into the Local Culture and Make Dutch Friends. Discuss.
It's eighteen years ago since I made the journey from England to the Netherlands to start a new life. That day is still fresh in my mind, as if it was yesterday......... The sun-faded oranges and reds of the shipping containers, emblazoned with white letters, lining the dock edge are the first things I see… Continue reading The Day I Came to the Netherlands
One of the things that I love about living in the Netherlands is the fact that it is such a short drive to other countries. The Netherlands is a hop, skip and a jump away from different cultures waiting to be discovered and new experiences waiting to be had. I had spent most of my… Continue reading What I Love About The Netherlands: Location, Location, Location
Cornwall in England has been a popular family holiday destination of ours over the years. For my Dutch family the Cornish coastline may as well have been Mars. Before Cornwall, cliffs and rock pools really were alien landscapes to them. Cliffs As we stood atop the cliffs at Land's End my husband marvelled at the… Continue reading Rock Pools and Cliffs? Not Around Here!
I have once more been let loose on the Dutch Jumbo supermarket app. Oh lachen. My last attempt to use the voice activated shopping list caused my three Dutch sons to almost wet themselves with laughter. Well, I've done it again. This time around it was sweet juicy orange fruit that caused the giggles. And yes,… Continue reading Mandarijnen! How Difficult Can it Be?
I moved to the Netherlands for love so I didn't have a job lined up when I packed up my gear and headed across the North Sea one grey, cloudy September day. It's not easy finding a job in a country where you don't speak the language. One Day at a Time I tried to get… Continue reading Expat Life: Falling From the Career Ladder
With three kids in basisschool (primary school) it's inevitable I'd end up spending some of my spare time in school. From helping group 6 kids make herby butter in the classroom and assisting group 3 pupils with reading to being class parent for a year I've helped out where I can. And here's why it's… Continue reading Next School Year Be a ‘Hulpouder’