Expat

How I Got Over My Fear of Driving in the Netherlands

Before I moved to the Netherlands in 2000 I drove a car on the roads of Britain. Quite frequently if the truth be known. Prior to my overseas move I hadn't really thought about driving whilst living in the Netherlands. More accurately I hadn't given it any thought at all. It developed into a fear… Continue reading How I Got Over My Fear of Driving in the Netherlands

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10 Expat Career Tips on Turning Dutch
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10 Expat Career Tips

If you are moving or living abroad but want to ensure that your career remains intact in some form or another, here are ten pointers: 1. Think creatively You may need to rethink your career path but with creative thinking you can end up going in a surprising and fun, albeit new, direction. Now is… Continue reading 10 Expat Career Tips

Expat, Family

10 Things 2019 Has Already Taught Me

As 2018 turned into 2019 I said to my husband, "Thank god for that. 2019 can't be worse then 2018." Little did I know 2019 was standing in the side wings saying to 2018, "Ha! Hold my beer." Probably the worst thing about moving overseas is the fact that you leave your family and friends… Continue reading 10 Things 2019 Has Already Taught Me

Expat

10 Little (& Big) Life Changes Caused by a Move to the Netherlands

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

Family, Grandparents, My Articles

Grandparenting From Afar

When you move overseas you inevitably leave family behind. That, more often than not, includes separating your children from their grandparents with more miles than you'd like. However, living in different countries doesn't mean your children won't get to build a good, loving, healthy relationship with their grandparents. It's more about effort than it is… Continue reading Grandparenting From Afar

Dutch language, Uncategorized

Embrace the ‘Hoor’

"Papa zegt dat hoor!" shouts my three year old at me. The emphasis very clearly on hoor, which is pronounced whore. I can laugh now when my children yell hoor at me. I've embraced the hoor. But it remains a word that I can't quite take seriously, even though it is second nature for my… Continue reading Embrace the ‘Hoor’

Culture, Expat

10 Hard Expat Lessons Learnt on the Way to A Happy Life Abroad

It is impossible to be an expat and not learn things. A lot of things. I have learnt some things the hard way, but looking back I wouldn't have it any other way. Every experience has helped mould me and the not-so-expat-life I lead today. I have reached a point of contentment and satisfaction with… Continue reading 10 Hard Expat Lessons Learnt on the Way to A Happy Life Abroad