Living in The Netherlands was once upon a time, only a dream. We always dreamed of living in Europe, but never actually thought that one day, like today, I’d be writing this post from Holland. Being able to live in this beautiful country is a massive blessing. There is so much to love one really can’t complain.
Our lives have changed quite a bit.
Currently, we don’t have burglar bars – at all! Getting used to living with big open windows and no bars protecting you from the outside world, did leave us with a few sleepless nights and some getting used to, but in general burglar bars aren’t so common – how amazing is that really? That is the way life should be.
So what is life like?
It’s so great : )
The Netherlands is a really beautiful country in every single way. The buildings are just incredible. You are constantly surrounded by either beautiful architecture, breathtaking forests, awesome events, diversity, freedom, endless opportunities… the list is endless.
If you don’t know, the Dutch love appointments. My first reaction was that everyone kicks it old school, but not having to stand and wait an entire day in long lines is the small things in life I really appreciate. This applies to socially meeting up too, one makes an appointment. In South Africa for some reason: “see you, later / just now / now now”, “check you tomorrow hey” and “we need to make plans to see each other”; are also known as: “there’s a chance this won’t materialize and you know it”. Obviously not everyone is like this, but for the most part, South Africans are very relaxed. If it happens, it happens.
Aren’t people forward? Don’t you get offended?
Yes, we’ve had a run-in with an assh*le or two, but for the most part, at least you always know where you stand – and it works. If there’s a problem, you talk about it and move on. In our experience, we’ve found people generally say it as it is. There is no sugar coating anything.
We’ve had an incredible experience living in The Netherlands and its a country I wish everyone could experience at some point in their lives. There were definitely a few stressful times (felt like death metal backtracks were playing in the background), but there isn’t a single day that goes by where I’m not grateful for having the opportunity of living in this beautiful country.
To close, I’ve compiled a video with highlights of our two years living in The Netherlands. You might recognize a few clips from past videos, but I couldn’t not include them, they are special memories.