Over the previous few weeks, I’ve actually been making an attempt to determine what my subsequent transfer is. I’ve actually gone forwards and backwards between choices like instructing English in Vietnam, beginning a working vacation visa in Australia or New Zealand, or shifting to Prague to work for the Clock Tower Pub Crawl. It’s thrilling to know I’ve a number of totally different choices, but it surely actually dawned on me not too long ago that I simply wish to transfer again to the Netherlands. I began my Grasp’s Diploma in Leiden, and liked residing there. I used to be supposed to complete my diploma there, however I spotted I’d relatively spend my cash touring Asia than residing in an costly place like Holland. However the time has come for me to maneuver someplace for a bit, and it will be nice if it have been again to my favourite nation on this planet.
After I was residing in Leiden, and I informed individuals I used to be from California, individuals would at all times ask why I moved to The Netherlands. The responses have been at all times one thing alongside the traces of, “Why would you progress right here? The climate is so shit”. Effectively yeah, Dutch climate isn’t best. However once you develop in sunny California, excellent climate yr spherical isn’t actually a excessive precedence to me. It’s really good to have seasons. So I made a decision to write down down a number of the most important explanation why I liked residing within the Netherlands…
Dutch Individuals are Superior
After all, identical to anyplace on this planet that I’ve discovered significantly superb; the persons are one of many largest elements. I like hanging out with Dutch individuals. Yeah, I’ve met a number of alongside my travels that aren’t the best or most fascinating, however the majority of individuals from the Netherlands I’ve met are simply actually all the way down to earth. I acquired some actually nice Dutch associates unfold all through the nation, from Maastricht to Groningen, Eindhoven to Amsterdam — it’d be nice to maneuver again and kick it with the homies once more. Oh, and simply so it’s stated no less than as soon as within the publish…Eindhoven De Gekste!
Getting From Level A to Level B
Possibly it’s as a result of I’m from Orange County, California, and by no means actually used public transportation till my first journey to Europe, however I really feel just like the Dutch have gotten it down. Getting ANYWHERE in the complete nation is so easy. I’ve really heard that Dutch individuals don’t like the general public transporation system, which I believe is ridiculous, but it surely works so nicely. Among the best components is utilizing the web site 9292.nl. This web site will actually provide you with all of the choices of attending to any station or location within the nation. It’s so useful, simple to make use of, and works very well. The trains are clear, a few of them have free wi-fi, they usually aren’t TOO costly. I simply liked that in regards to the nation; each metropolis is so nicely related by trains, busses, trams, and so on.
The English Issue
Everybody speaks (just about) fluent English. As a lot as I’d prefer to assume my Dutch is “okay”, it’s not. Actually, it’s horrible. It’s fairly nice that all over the place you go you already know you gained’t have an issue coping with a language barrier. Not simply that, Dutch persons are pleased with their English abilities, and are more than pleased to talk to me in my language. It’s fairly nice. It makes issues simple for me to after I’m hanging out with my Dutch associates, as a result of I do know they’re speaking to me. All of them communicate nice English, (besides Stijn when he’s too drunk, haha). I truthfully shouldn’t even attempt to be taught Dutch, because it’s relatively laborious, however I like the nation a lot that I do wish to be taught extra. I’ve at all times made the joke that one among these instances I’m gonna fly again to Holland and communicate excellent Dutch, and shock everybody on the market. That’s proper, at some point I’ll perceive every little thing!
The Music Festivals
Reality: Dutch festivals are the most effective music festivals in the complete world. I do know I haven’t been to festivals in each nation, however I can say with confidence that none are higher organized and entertaining than in Holland. My first occasion I ever went to was Sensation White in Amsterdam again in 2009. (This was earlier than it acquired lame and had them all around the world, this was the OG Sensation). Since then I’ve been to Amsterdam Dance Occasion, Mysteryland, Valhalla, and Time Warp simply to call a number of. The Dutch organizers know what’s up, but it surely make sense since they’ve been doing it for a very long time. It ought to be apparent, contemplating that the world’s greatest DJ’s are just about all Dutch. Have you ever learn my weblog publish 30 Music Festivals To Expertise Earlier than you Die ? The most well-liked nation is certainly The Netherlands…
Life is Higher Overseas
Effectively, this only a private choice. I do know heaps of people that couldn’t fathom the concept of residing anyplace else however the states — clearly not me. I thrive overseas. I thrived within the Netherlands. I used to be solely there for a short time, and now it appears silly to me that I left so shortly. However I’m glad I did what I did, as a result of residing and touring round Asia for the previous yr has been extremely life-changing. I’m hoping I might transfer again although.
The Easiness of Nightlife
Need to seize a beer? After all. And there are bars, pubs, and golf equipment all over the place. Particularly after I was residing in Leiden, and the entire metropolis was strolling distance to simply about every little thing. Everyone seems to be all the way down to exit fairly each night time of the week, which I really turned out fairly extra usually than you’d assume. However it’s so energetic, accessible, and entertaining. I assume for me it’s laborious to elucidate, however going out in Holland is simply easy and enjoyable. Designated Driver? L-O-L.
Exhibiting Buddies Round Amsterdam
I’m a tour information. It’s in my blood. Residing near Amsterdam was actually nice, and there have been a number of instances the place associates of mine have been coming to go to, and I acquired to point out them round one among my favourite cities on this planet. It’s at all times good when you may present somebody round in a metropolis you already know nicely, and present them the components that make that metropolis particular.
I might really write an entire lot extra about why I wish to transfer again, however I believe I coated the fundamentals. I did simply uncover a cool web site referred to as Undutchables which makes a speciality of discovering jobs for individuals who don’t communicate Dutch…so who is aware of. Possibly I’ll land myself a job there.
**If any of you good wanting Dutch individuals on the market might assist a struggling Graduate Scholar with discovering a job anyplace in The Netherlands…Let me know**
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