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Netherlands > Expat Experiences


Arwa Lokhandwala, Rotterdam

Posted by: Jamie on Wednesday November 30, 2011 (01:16:12)
The famous Dutch bulb fields

My name is Arwa Lokhandwala and I am an Indian expat living in The Netherlands with my husband.

We relocated to The Netherlands from India because of my husband's work. It has been a little more than a year now. The initial paperwork was mostly hassle free but took some time. We arrived in Rotterdam in Dec, 2008 which is one of the coldest months of the year so the weather tested us too. The language and the culture in The Netherlands is entirely different from that of ours. But it also presented a great opportunity to learn about different things.    more ...

Netherlands > Expat Experiences


Anne Galloway, Bergen

Posted by: Jamie on Wednesday November 30, 2011 (01:12:58)
My name is Anne Galloway and I’d like to share a small part of my story of becoming an expat for the first time in the hope that it can help and inspire other expat spouses. I am married with two children who were 10 and 7 when we had to move. I gave up a job I really enjoyed and took my kids away from their friends and all because of my husband’s work.

My husband moved to Holland in April 2006 and the children and I followed in the summer. The day after we arrived was the start of 2 weeks of thunder storms and non-stop rain – you might think that I’d be used to it coming from Scotland but honestly we don’t have that much rain!    more ...

Netherlands > Expat Experiences


Anna Gilhespy, Hoofddorp

Posted by: Jamie on Wednesday November 30, 2011 (00:53:40)
Anna and Chef Mouse

My name is Anna Gilhespy, I am 29 and I run my own business (www.thehouseofmouse.co.uk) making handmade ornaments which I sell mostly online.

I moved to Hoofddorp (just outside Amsterdam) with my husband in 2003 when he was offered a good job over here. There was little work where we were living in the UK and the opportunity was too good for us to pass up.    more ...