experiences in the netherlands

have you traveled to or lived in the netherlands? share your experiences

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the netherlands - Gamma's (m/20/united states) reflections after years there in their teens

posted by Gamma on 09/28/13.

What brought you to the Netherlands? Where were you before?

While I was born in California, I moved to Connecticut when I was 2 1/2, so that is where I really grew up. I lived in Connecticut for 11 years, and in that time had never left the United States. We almost did once, for a trip, but my dad's job got in the way. We came to Holland in a sort of unexpected way. My dad's workplace shut down, so to stay employed, he started his own freelance business, doing what he did for his old job for anyone. Eventually he did some work for MedCo Pharmaceuticals, a pharmacy benefits company. They liked his work, and hired him full-time. After a few years, they asked him if he would move to the Netherlands to be the VP of their new international division. He agreed, and we moved over that year. Luckily for me, I had just finished middle school, so I would get to begin high school somewhere instead of dropping in halfway through. MedCo kept us there for a year, before it was bought by a smaller, but richer, company, Express Scripts. They were much more focused then MedCo, and decided to shut down the new international division. My dad, not wanting to move us after only a year, started...

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utrecht, netherlands - anonymous' reflections after years there in their 20s

posted by anonymous on 11/27/13.

How much time have you spent in Utrecht?

Half year as a Foreign Exchange Student and then two years as an International Student (Master's Degree)

Which best describes how old you are/were while in the Netherlands?

Late 20s.

What brought you to Utrecht? Where were you before?

I won't lie, it was the coffee shops mostly. To be honest, I never actually hung out in coffeeshops myself. But I simply wanted to live in a place where stuff like that couldn't earn you a ten year prison sentence. That's basically it.

Describe your impressions of Utrecht.

Utrecht is a medieval Dutch city that is largely dominated by its universities. It's one of the larger cities in the Netherlands, but its still tiny compared to a US city. It's got gorgeous canals, a lively city center, old buildings, crappy food, lots of students and even more bikes. It's also a great travel hub.

What are the the people of Utrecht/the Netherlands like?

Dutch folks are usually very friendly and well educated. Everyone speaks perfect English and they watch all the American TV shows, so they will totally get you and your humor. That being said, I found the typical Dutch to be a bit of a 'know-it-all". They...

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the netherlands - anonymous' reflections after years there in their 20s

posted by anonymous on 10/20/13.

How much time have you spent in the Netherlands?

A little over 4 years.

How old were you when you came to the Netherlands? Where were you before?

I was 19 when I first moved to the Netherlands. Before that, I lived in Chicago.

What brought you to the Netherlands? What made you choose the Netherlands over any other place you could've gone?

Long story short, I had a German girlfriend who was going to school here and I didn't have much going for me in the US. They have a lot of English University programs here, so I kind of dropped everything and just started university here.

Describe the city you live in in the Netherlands and your impressions of it.

I lived for years in The Hague, though I now live in Amsterdam. The Hague is a quiet, beautiful place with a pretty big international community. It's definitely not a party oriented place, but you can always find things to do. Amsterdam, on the other hand, is constantly alive and there's always something going on (for better or worse). It's a beautiful place with a never ending supply of interesting things to do. The only drawback is the tourists.

How does the city you live in compare to other cities in the...

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the netherlands - anonymous' reflections after spending decades there

posted by anonymous on 11/06/13.

How much time have you spent in the Netherlands?

I've lived here nearly 30 years total. We had three years in the States in between times.

How old were you when you came to the Netherlands? Where were you before?

I was here for 18 months in my late 20's. I came here for good when I was 33.

What brought you to the Netherlands? What made you choose the Netherlands over any other place you could've gone?

My husband is Dutch.

Describe the city you live in in the Netherlands and your impressions of it.

We started out in Amsterdam. Amsterdam is magical. When our second child was on the way we moved to Almere. Almere is a new city, built on reclaimed land. We always said, 'We will NEVER move to Almere'. At the time, it was easy to move to Almere. The houses were affordable, the commute to Amsterdam was an easy one, and it seemed a good idea at the time. We have not been sorry. It misses the 'gezelligheid' of an older city or village. (gezellig is a word that can't be purely translated but kind of means 'cozy').

How does the city you live in compare to other cities in the Netherlands? What drew you to the city you live in over other cities in the Netherlands?

Because...

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