Road trips from the Netherlands involve crossing country borders. Going by car to England using the Eurotunnel means traveling in a number of countries in one day: the Netherlands, Belgium, France and England. The difference in driving 'styles' are striking. The Netherlands It's not the first time I've mentioned it, but the Dutch do tend… Continue reading Four Countries in One Day: What to Watch Out For Driving from the Netherlands to England
There are many aspects of living outside your birth country that can be unsettling, foreign or hard to adjust to but forging new relationships in a language not your own is certainly top of my list. Using a second language, it is hard to convey a real sense of yourself to those around you. Sarah… Continue reading Moving Abroad and Losing My Voice
When I first moved overseas I was struck by the fact that some expats are more equal than others. I had never really thought about expat life before - why would I whilst I lived in my birth country? What's An Expat? When I moved abroad I technically became an expat. Wikipedia describes an expatriate… Continue reading The Fraudulent Expat: Living Local But Not Native
Many, many years ago I read an article in the Dutch daily newspaper, the NRC, about how people wear 'masks' according to the situation they find themselves in and who they are with. Do we wear an expat mask I wondered..... In essence, people are only really one hundred percent themselves when they are alone. With… Continue reading Do You Wear an Expat Mask?
When you move overseas you adapt. Well, you do if you want happiness to be a part of your expat life. Sometimes, it strikes you just how far you have adapted to a new country when you least expect it. Like when you order a Chinese takeaway. Chinese Takeaway English Style At the end of… Continue reading How A Chinese Takeaway Made Me Realise the Ways in Which You Adapt to Life Abroad
Whenever I am asked if I want something brought over from England I reply instantly with Branston Pickle. That's it. Since coming to the Netherlands in 2000 my expat care package has shrunk dramatically. Here's why. The Effect of Culture Shock When I first moved to the Netherlands I imported just about everything and anything… Continue reading Expat Life: Why My Care Packages From ‘Home’ Shrank
When I left the UK in 2000 to board a boat that would take me to a new life in the Netherlands, I never really stopped to consider how my life was about to change. Naive maybe, but one thing I learned quickly was how to roll with the expat punches. I knew there was… Continue reading 10 Little (& Big) Life Changes Caused by a Move to the Netherlands