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

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

The game of Red Tape Limbo

If you want to find out how to register correctly and efficiently don’t call the IND or your municipality they don’t seem to know what’s going on, even though it’s their system! So here’s what I did, in an effort to find out if we’re allowed to work before Mid-December, I called the Tax office (belastingdienst … Continue reading

Dealing with Immigration and Bureaucrats.

So a brief update: Today we spent practically all day calling around various offices of the Local Government. It seems that while Amsterdam and Den Haag (The Hague) are well oiled machines in the processing of fresh Expats Rotterdam however is not. In fact they couldn’t be further from it. They recently introduced an appointment … Continue reading

So we are here.

Well we’ve arrived, here, in the Netherlands. It’s cold, it’s scary and it rains a lot (even compared to the UK). But, it has the most beautiful sunsets, the people are really friendly and We have a really nice flat. Life’s a little stressful at the moment. But I’m keeping on top of things – … Continue reading

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