Hiroko, Amsterdam

Where, when and why did you move abroad? I moved to Amsterdam in summer of 2019.The reason I wanted to try my next step abroad was I had this big dream of living and working outside of Japan since more than 10 years ago. Until this year, I had been scared to take risks to … Read more

Austyn Smith, Amsterdam

Who are you? My name is Austyn Smith and I’m a podcaster, blogger, and mother of four. Where, when and why did you move abroad? We moved two years ago (2017) from the United States to the Netherlands (just south of Amsterdam) for my husband’s job. What challenges did you face during the move? I … Read more

Lindsay Rubino, Limburg

Who are you? My name is Lindsay Rubino, and I’m a freelance writer and editor from New Jersey in the U.S. I’m 30 years old and have lived abroad for 6 years in total. Where, when and why did you move abroad? I moved to Belgium in August 2013 to join my boyfriend, who is … Read more

Stuart Billinghurst, Friesland

Who are you? My name is Stuart Billinghurst. I’m an accident prone Englishman and the writer of InvadingHolland.com.Where, when and why did you move abroad? I moved to The Netherlands in the summer of 2001. I didn’t exactly plan to move. In fact, in many ways it was quite by accident. I had no plans … Read more

Amanda van Mulligen, Zoetermeer

Who are you? I’m British but the Netherlands has been my home since 2000. My husband is Dutch, and my three sons have both Dutch and British nationalities. I’m a writer and blogger and you can find my stories in expat anthologies such as Dutched Up!, Once Upon an Expat and Knocked Up Abroad Again.Where, … Read more

Melissa Adams, Amsterdam

Who are you? I’m an American freelance journalist who was born in Los Angeles but spent most of my adult life in Newport Beach, California (of reality show The OC fame). After graduating from UCLA in 1973, I launched my career as a travel writer for the American Automobile Club (AAA). Since 2012, I’ve shared … Read more

Anya Sokha, Amsterdam

Who are you? I was born and raised in Southern Russia (where tomatoes get special treatment from that natural sunlight that makes them taste like juicy candy; something like Italy, only Russian.) I bake good French bread plus cakes and cookies for a living and hold a degree in English Metaphor. I view myself as … Read more

Lisa Jochim

Who are you? Lisa Jochim Where, when and why did you move abroad? I moved from the USA in July, 2011 with my husband and youngest child who was 15 at the time. My husband took a new job with a new company. What challenges did you face during the move? The language difference is … Read more

Juliet Thompson Hochman, Amsterdam

Who are you? Juliet Thompson Hochman. Can’t quite let go of my maiden name. Where, when and why did you move abroad? We moved from Portland, Oregon to Amsterdam in the summer of 2012 so that my husband could take a job with Nike Europe. In truth, he came out to Amsterdam eight months ahead … Read more

Linda A. Janssen, The Hague

Life has taken many turns but it’s all led to where I am now, a writer and American expat living in the Netherlands. This adventure was a long time coming, and began three years ago when my husband took a position with an international organization here in The Hague. We came when our son was … Read more

Julie, Rotterdam

I’m Julie, 27 years old, French (Parisian). I moved to Rotterdam end of April 2011 to follow my partner who has been transferred over there. What challenges did I face during the move? I didn’t know I must register to the cityhall and give some papers to get the sofi number to be considered as … Read more

Stuart, Amsterdam

My name is Stuart. I’m an Englishman in his early 30s with a well documented reputation for accident proneness and bizarre situation finding. I moved to Holland to start working as a designer in the computer games industry. Originally this was only supposed to be a stay of sixth months but the tempting lure of … Read more

Tiffany Jansen, Utrecht

My name is Tiffany Jansen. Originally from the United States of America, I now live in Utrecht, the Netherlands, with my husband and our dog. I moved to Utrecht early December 2008 after marrying my Dutch husband. We were tired of the long-distance relationship and wanted to live together. He had the better job and … Read more

Arwa Lokhandwala, Rotterdam

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 … Read more

Anne Galloway, Bergen

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 … Read more

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