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Moving to The Netherlands, Tell Me What to Expect!

 
PatrikC325

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08/16/2012 05:20 PM

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I'll be moving to The Netherlands soon. I just need to find a room to rent somewhere.

What can I expect? Culture shock? Immigrant prejudices?



Where do GLP'er's hang out over there? LOL! lmao
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remember not to order a BLT....

it comes open face on non-toasted white bread with sliced hard boiled eggs...

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Yeah i did that ! It was different but good. Bacon nom nom
aNONaMITTy (OP)

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08/16/2012 05:21 PM
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I can tell you all about the netherlands.

There is nothing there at all except for windmills and fields of tulips. And fields of marijuana. And everything is completely flat, no hills at all, except for dikes which keep water out. And the national food is Edam cheese.

Or am I thinking of Holland?

And is Holland the same thing as the Netherlands?
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Yes, they are the same, LOL!
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Euhmmmm, no it's not!
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They aren't????? Boy, I need to learn my geography then.
aNONaMITTy (OP)

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08/16/2012 05:22 PM
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Yes you can ride a bike and everything is flat and crowde with people, not only around the big cities.
And almost everybody speaks English, so that's nice for a starters..
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I have noticed that a lot of the Dutch speak English. That will make it nice for me. But, I plan to learn the language as best I can too.

I didn't realize outside of the cities is crowded. That kinda sucks!
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08/16/2012 05:24 PM
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Why do you move to The Netherlands?
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I would like to try a different culture from America.
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That's all? You can't just 'try' another culture just for fun...
What are your skills?
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Well, it isn't just for fun. I believe it will be a good place for me to grow spiritually.

I'm a professional with an education and had a career as a Social Worker and then alternative health. I also illustrate and edit books.
 Quoting: aNONaMITTy


Sounds interesting, maybe you could have a future here...
But doesn't your own country need you more?
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08/16/2012 05:26 PM
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expect exorbitant high gas prices!
aNONaMITTy (OP)

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I would like to try a different culture from America.
 Quoting: aNONaMITTy


That's all? You can't just 'try' another culture just for fun...
What are your skills?
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 21674902




Well, it isn't just for fun. I believe it will be a good place for me to grow spiritually.

I'm a professional with an education and had a career as a Social Worker and then alternative health. I also illustrate and edit books.
 Quoting: aNONaMITTy


Sounds interesting, maybe you could have a future here...
But doesn't your own country need you more?
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 21674902





Thank you. I just need to find a room to rent somewhere. I don't care where. I've got a profile on some of the NL rental sites but it would be great if I could work something out with a GLP person.

No, my country doesn't need me.

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aNONaMITTy (OP)

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expect exorbitant high gas prices!
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Food here is going to go up and probably everything else. One thing I like about NL is it's bike friendly and has trains. In fact, most of Europe seems to be like this and that works for me. I can always rent a car if I need one.
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08/16/2012 05:31 PM
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A whole country full of devious Joran Van Der Sloot types with bad food and unhygenically clean women. Have fun!
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A whole country full of devious Joran Van Der Sloot types with bad food and unhygenically clean women. Have fun!
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I guess you don't like The Netherlands? And just exactly what is that judgement based on...the news headlines, LOL!
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I would like to try a different culture from America.
 Quoting: aNONaMITTy


That's all? You can't just 'try' another culture just for fun...
What are your skills?
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 21674902




Well, it isn't just for fun. I believe it will be a good place for me to grow spiritually.

I'm a professional with an education and had a career as a Social Worker and then alternative health. I also illustrate and edit books.
 Quoting: aNONaMITTy


Sounds interesting, maybe you could have a future here...
But doesn't your own country need you more?
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Nah, Hes a spare seems we are full up on tards right now.
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08/16/2012 05:34 PM
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That's all? You can't just 'try' another culture just for fun...
What are your skills?
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 21674902




Well, it isn't just for fun. I believe it will be a good place for me to grow spiritually.

I'm a professional with an education and had a career as a Social Worker and then alternative health. I also illustrate and edit books.
 Quoting: aNONaMITTy


Sounds interesting, maybe you could have a future here...
But doesn't your own country need you more?
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 21674902





Thank you. I just need to find a room to rent somewhere. I don't care where. I've got a profile on some of the NL rental sites but it would be great if I could work something out with a GLP person.

No, my country doesn't need me.
 Quoting: aNONaMITTy


Rooms are hard to find. Well, I have a room for you but you should be able to fly through the window...
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It was not free! Somebody payed it!
They have free healthcare. I was there as a tourist about 20 years ago and my friend needed to go to the emergency room. We were worried about how we would pay but it didn't even cost a dollar. The doctors were surprised that we were surprised at FREE healthcare.

The people there are pretty nice, slightly mercenary, and don't have a lot of respect for what they perceive as the violence of Americans. They can't understand our gun rights, the high crime rate, and all the wars we are "involved" in.

They are very efficient and clean. Many of them wash and scrub (with a scrub brush) the sidewalk in front of their house DAILY. The Dutch language sounds like English with a very heavy German accent, it's kind of cool to listen to it. The food is not very creative, lots of potatoes and cheese, kind of like Switzerland.

I enjoyed my time there.
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Well duh. But their system is very efficient and the doctors all know going in to the profession that they will be paid at a standard rate.
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08/16/2012 05:35 PM
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A whole country full of devious Joran Van Der Sloot types with bad food and unhygenically clean women. Have fun!
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I guess you don't like The Netherlands? And just exactly what is that judgement based on...the news headlines, LOL!
 Quoting: aNONaMITTy


I dont hate them I think they lack honor in the way their government help stonewall the Natalee Holloway case.
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08/16/2012 05:37 PM
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Well, it isn't just for fun. I believe it will be a good place for me to grow spiritually.

I'm a professional with an education and had a career as a Social Worker and then alternative health. I also illustrate and edit books.
 Quoting: aNONaMITTy


Sounds interesting, maybe you could have a future here...
But doesn't your own country need you more?
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 21674902





Thank you. I just need to find a room to rent somewhere. I don't care where. I've got a profile on some of the NL rental sites but it would be great if I could work something out with a GLP person.

No, my country doesn't need me.
 Quoting: aNONaMITTy


Rooms are hard to find. Well, I have a room for you but you should be able to fly through the window...
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 21674902





I can fly. I do it in my dreams all the time! Heh! If you are serious about renting a room, I've got an email address where we can talk about it. GLPmessages@yahoo.com
aNONaMITTy (OP)

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08/16/2012 05:38 PM
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A whole country full of devious Joran Van Der Sloot types with bad food and unhygenically clean women. Have fun!
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I guess you don't like The Netherlands? And just exactly what is that judgement based on...the news headlines, LOL!
 Quoting: aNONaMITTy


I dont hate them I think they lack honor in the way their government help stonewall the Natalee Holloway case.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 13828320





Oh. I didn't follow that story all that much but wasn't he related to the royals or something?
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expect exorbitant high gas prices!
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Food here is going to go up and probably everything else. One thing I like about NL is it's bike friendly and has trains. In fact, most of Europe seems to be like this and that works for me. I can always rent a car if I need one.
 Quoting: aNONaMITTy


Food here is already expensive, it will get even more so due to shortages and taxincreases. Quality is going down also, most of the food in the stores is imported while we produce better quality food for export!

The trainsystem looks great in theory, but expect frequent delays. Our trains don't run when there's leaves on the rails :)
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A whole country full of devious Joran Van Der Sloot types with bad food and unhygenically clean women. Have fun!
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 13828320





I guess you don't like The Netherlands? And just exactly what is that judgement based on...the news headlines, LOL!
 Quoting: aNONaMITTy


I dont hate them I think they lack honor in the way their government help stonewall the Natalee Holloway case.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 13828320





Oh. I didn't follow that story all that much but wasn't he related to the royals or something?
 Quoting: aNONaMITTy


Seems American lives are of no value to these people. Beware American traveler!
aNONaMITTy (OP)

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expect exorbitant high gas prices!
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Food here is going to go up and probably everything else. One thing I like about NL is it's bike friendly and has trains. In fact, most of Europe seems to be like this and that works for me. I can always rent a car if I need one.
 Quoting: aNONaMITTy


Food here is already expensive, it will get even more so due to shortages and taxincreases. Quality is going down also, most of the food in the stores is imported while we produce better quality food for export!

The trainsystem looks great in theory, but expect frequent delays. Our trains don't run when there's leaves on the rails :)
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You export the better food and import what you eat? That's crazy!

I'm vegetarian so maybe it won't be so bad for me.
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I guess you don't like The Netherlands? And just exactly what is that judgement based on...the news headlines, LOL!
 Quoting: aNONaMITTy


I dont hate them I think they lack honor in the way their government help stonewall the Natalee Holloway case.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 13828320





Oh. I didn't follow that story all that much but wasn't he related to the royals or something?
 Quoting: aNONaMITTy


Seems American lives are of no value to these people. Beware American traveler!
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 13828320




I don't think American lives are of much value to our own country. Look at our taxes and infra-structure. It's gonna tank I tell ya'!
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08/16/2012 05:42 PM
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I can tell you all about the netherlands.

There is nothing there at all except for windmills and fields of tulips. And fields of marijuana. And everything is completely flat, no hills at all, except for dikes which keep water out. And the national food is Edam cheese.

Or am I thinking of Holland?

And is Holland the same thing as the Netherlands?
 Quoting: Shoot straight Johnny





Yes, they are the same, LOL!
 Quoting: aNONaMITTy


Euhmmmm, no it's not!
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1400299





They aren't????? Boy, I need to learn my geography then.
 Quoting: aNONaMITTy


Holland is a part of the Netherlands. Specifically the two western provinces (North and South Holland). Quite a few Dutch, including me, strongly dislike 'Hollanders'.
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08/16/2012 05:43 PM
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Good train system nationwide, very bike friendly, everyone speaks English, nice scenery, coffeeshops, good beer, pleasant friendly people, quite good for shopping.

The food is generally pretty naff and expensive. Supermarkets
are small and pricey compared to USA/UK.

To me, being in the Netherlands reminds me of what life would have been like if I'd gone back in time, stood on a beetle and come back to the future and everything is slightly different and weird.

Nice country overall.
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Yes, they are the same, LOL!
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Euhmmmm, no it's not!
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They aren't????? Boy, I need to learn my geography then.
 Quoting: aNONaMITTy


Holland is a part of the Netherlands. Specifically the two western provinces (North and South Holland). Quite a few Dutch, including me, strongly dislike 'Hollanders'.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1273864




I never knew this. Thanks. Why do Dutch dislike Hollanders?
aNONaMITTy (OP)

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Good train system nationwide, very bike friendly, everyone speaks English, nice scenery, coffeeshops, good beer, pleasant friendly people, quite good for shopping.

The food is generally pretty naff and expensive. Supermarkets
are small and pricey compared to USA/UK.

To me, being in the Netherlands reminds me of what life would have been like if I'd gone back in time, stood on a beetle and come back to the future and everything is slightly different and weird.

Nice country overall.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 21750148





I kind of think of it as what USA was like years ago. I dunno, I guess I'll find out, eh?
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Euhmmmm, no it's not!
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They aren't????? Boy, I need to learn my geography then.
 Quoting: aNONaMITTy


Holland is a part of the Netherlands. Specifically the two western provinces (North and South Holland). Quite a few Dutch, including me, strongly dislike 'Hollanders'.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1273864




I never knew this. Thanks. Why do Dutch dislike Hollanders?
 Quoting: aNONaMITTy


The two are often confused.
OP will be fine unless he likes
american style conflict.
aNONaMITTy (OP)

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They aren't????? Boy, I need to learn my geography then.
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Holland is a part of the Netherlands. Specifically the two western provinces (North and South Holland). Quite a few Dutch, including me, strongly dislike 'Hollanders'.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1273864




I never knew this. Thanks. Why do Dutch dislike Hollanders?
 Quoting: aNONaMITTy


The two are often confused.
OP will be fine unless he likes
american style conflict.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 21937886




No, I don't like American style conflict. That's one reason I want to leave here. America is a war machine and that's just not my thing.
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- in general the establishment, economic and political power lies within North and South Holland (Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague).
- Holland represents another mentality, more bragging and louder, where Provincialen are more modest and reserved.
- Holland often falsely represents the Netherlands in foreign countries.

This is why Provincialen (ppl from the other provinces) dislike Hollanders I suppose.
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I'll be moving to The Netherlands soon. I just need to find a room to rent somewhere.

What can I expect? Culture shock? Immigrant prejudices?



Where do GLP'er's hang out over there? LOL! lmao
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yo i got a question for a future american expat. how was the process at getting ok'd to offically move by their govt and such? you already have employment lined up or? just wondering and live it up for all of us still stuck in the corporate states of america, inc!
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- in general the establishment, economic and political power lies within North and South Holland (Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague).
- Holland represents another mentality, more bragging and louder, where Provincialen are more modest and reserved.
- Holland often falsely represents the Netherlands in foreign countries.

This is why Provincialen (ppl from the other provinces) dislike Hollanders I suppose.
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So you call people from North and South Holland, Dutch?
And everyone else is called a Hollander?
aNONaMITTy (OP)

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I'll be moving to The Netherlands soon. I just need to find a room to rent somewhere.

What can I expect? Culture shock? Immigrant prejudices?



Where do GLP'er's hang out over there? LOL! lmao
 Quoting: aNONaMITTy


yo i got a question for a future american expat. how was the process at getting ok'd to offically move by their govt and such? you already have employment lined up or? just wondering and live it up for all of us still stuck in the corporate states of america, inc!
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 18245604





From what I've studied so far, I'll be okay because of my savings.

The better way to move would be to apply for certain papers (MVV or something like that.) I may have to come back home and apply for it, but that's okay. I have family here that I wouldn't mind seeing.

Also, there are employment agencies in The Netherlands that specialize in helping expats gain employment. That's a route I'm also looking into but I'm going on over anyway because I want to check it out.

Last Edited by U3 on 08/16/2012 06:10 PM
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- in general the establishment, economic and political power lies within North and South Holland (Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague).
- Holland represents another mentality, more bragging and louder, where Provincialen are more modest and reserved.
- Holland often falsely represents the Netherlands in foreign countries.

This is why Provincialen (ppl from the other provinces) dislike Hollanders I suppose.
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So you call people from North and South Holland, Dutch?
And everyone else is called a Hollander?
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We call them all Hollanders!!!
Nice people, but they suck at soccer though.
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