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
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
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’
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
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