Guides and Pitch Decks.

Okay, so I finally got the first edition of the Guide up for moving to another host state from your origin state with your Non-European Family member. I don’t think it’s prefect yet but it’s a start, you can check it out and tell me what you think at: https://helpimanexpat.wordpress.com/non-euro-family-members/ In other news I’m currently spending … Continue reading

“Nee, ik spreek geen Engels.”

This happens all to often… I come across someone with whom I need to converse and so I politely ask “Pardon mevrouw/meneer, Spreekt u Engels?” //Translates to: “Excuse me, ma’am/mister, Do you speak English?”// to which the answer is usually either “Een beetje”//Translates to: “A little”//, “natuurlijk” //Translates to: “Of course”// or “Nay” //Translates to: “No”//, followed by a persistence to … Continue reading

Visits from Abroad.

So, things are slowly settling into some form of normality…slowly. A couple of weeks ago we got our residence permits from the IND, though we are still missing My husband’s BSN (I think I might need to head back to the Municipality and find out what’s happening). As mentioned in previous posts I’ve not been … Continue reading

Weeks without blogging.

Recently I’ve been very sporadic with blog posts and its not for a lack of material to blog about, I have material coming out my ears at the moment, it has, in sorrowful fact, been simply that I have had so much to do lately that I have been averaging 4.7 hours of sleep a … Continue reading

Feeststol and Glühwein

I’ve not written a blog post in a few days, mainly because there has been little to talk about and I don’t want to be posting “insightful commentaries” all the time. It’s that time of year again when new and experienced expats tend to feel like a roller-coaster of emotions and it’s no different for my husband and I despite … Continue reading

Expatriate habits, the importance of being unique…Oh and Cake.

A few days ago the Guardian published a rather interesting interactive infographic and it got me wondering are exp ats really as unique as we think we are? Lets face it, the first thing that 98% of expats do when they arrive in their country of destination is find and locate the local expat “community”. But … Continue reading

So, Twitter…

So I’ve just joined Twitter, Not entirely sure what to expect. I’ve mainly done it because I want to get updates from certain entrepreneurs and philanthropists that I usually check out on my social networks of choice, the issue that I hope twitter solves for me is that I can track posts by people I … Continue reading

Trying to jump through bureaucratic hoops.

So, as with any time that you want to deal with the Government, Yesterday was spent going from desk to desk, phone-line to phone-line and then desk to desk again, in a mad attempt to complete our registration process. However, even though we had been assured that we would be able to register at this address, it turns out that we … Continue reading

The Stingy Budget’s best friends.

I don’t know about you, but when I’m low on funds I like to budget everything! And I mean everything! So what happens when the budget suggests that you will struggle to feed yourself? What do you do? Do you call for help?  Maybe, but not yet. Do you spend hours at the internet café filling out over … Continue reading

It’s been 3 weeks

Three weeks since we left the UK, Time sure does fly when you’re in a high stress environment 24/7. Still it’s life, I’ve still got my husband, and still got a roof over my head so that’s good. Strange though, this land of windmills, circle parties and cheese that we live in seems to be … Continue reading

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