Expat, My Articles

Why Everyone Should Live Abroad at Least Once in Their Lives

At this time of year many of you have travel plans to spend Christmas with  loved ones that you left behind when you moved abroad. Leaving family and friends behind is certainly one of the biggest downsides of moving overseas. But there are many positives to living overseas. There are at least five convincing ones… Continue reading Why Everyone Should Live Abroad at Least Once in Their Lives

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Culture, Dutch, Expat, Typically Dutch

It is Impossible to Integrate, Fit into the Local Culture and Make Dutch Friends. Discuss.

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.

Children, Culture, Expat

Football, Children and Culture: So Much More Than a Game

It's become a tradition to take each of my sons alone to England to watch a football match at the Premier League club I started supporting when I was a child. It's a club I still follow today, despite moving to the Netherlands. You can read all about the why and what it means to… Continue reading Football, Children and Culture: So Much More Than a Game

Culture, Expat, Languages

Moving to the Netherlands – It’s Different So You Need to Adapt

In response to an article I wrote for The Telegraph back in 2010 one helpful reader suggested that living in the Netherlands was easy because it is just like Britain. You can speak English and the culture is the same. He's an idiot. The Netherlands is different and if you want to lead a happy life… Continue reading Moving to the Netherlands – It’s Different So You Need to Adapt