Tiptoe Through the Tulips with Jules

An American in Holland… this time it’s not me! Meet Jules who blogs over at Outside Looking In. When the burnout of her studies and the thought of staying at home became too much, this Philadelphian hopped a plane to come stay with her (you guessed it) Dutch boyfriend.

How long have you been living in the Netherlands and what brought you here?
I’ve been living here for 3 years now. I burned out of my graduate program, and basically called my boyfriend up and asked, “Can I come and stay with you?” Two weeks later, my cats were microchipped and vetted, and I was on a plane.

Do you plan to stay in the Netherlands, move back to your home country, or try somewhere else?
We’ll be staying here (by which I mean the Netherlands) for the forseeable future. I’ve been taken in by all of my boyfriend’s friends and family, and have started laying down my own ties here. Plus we’ve adopted a third cat who does not travel well, to put it mildly. So, yeah—we’re staying here.

What do you do during the day (job, stay at home mom, entrepreneur, student, etc)?
I work in a lab. For the sake of my job I won’t say more than that. But I’m also looking to start up a freelancing editing business on the side. I know nothing of freelancing, so right now it’s just doing a bit of prodding and poking and seeing if I get any bites.

What’s the most notable difference between your home country and the Netherlands?
The bike lanes! I didn’t have a car when I lived in and around Philadelphia, so I biked just about everywhere, and I cannot count the number of times I’ve almost been killed there, by either errant drivers, stupid lane markings, and trolley tracks (especially when it rained). I think I lost a few years of my life to that. I’ve even been hit by a car—fortunately the car wasn’t going very fast and I was able to turn away from the hit at the last second, but even so, riding a bike in the US is like running with the bulls. And frankly, I think Pamplona is safer. I think the main reason I like living here so much is because bikes are much better-accepted than they are in the States. Plus the infrastructure is there for safer riding.

Where is your favorite place to visit in the Netherlands?
Not Amsterdam, hehe. I’m more of a nature-person, and the area around Nijmegen is a wonderful place to explore. The Ooijpolder, which is a wildlife preserve and uitwater (a floodplain, so that if the Waal floods the waters go there rather than over the dike and into farmers’ homes) is home for several gorgeous waterfowl in the winter. Millingerward is also a designated nature preserve—just make sure to wear your boots when you go. There are several good spots to see waders, and during the winter you can see hordes of people lining the Ooijse Bandijk (yes, I had to google this) to watch the geese. In the woods to the south (Heumenbos, I think it’s called) there are several different warblers and woodpeckers, and during the autumn the place is crawling with mushrooms—one of my favorite subjects for photography. I really want to go to the Veluwe someday.

Give us one thing you love about the Netherlands and one thing you loathe…
I love (and love to poke fun at) what I call the “Dutch hive mind”. The Dutch hive mind is, I am convinced, is what keeps this country together. It’s a subconscious understanding of all of the complicated rules and regulations that govern life here—park your bike here, don’t ride your bike there, put your trash here and make sure it’s neat. It manifests in some pretty interesting ways; for example, when I was in Renesse with my former lab for a weekend, we stayed in a pension house where you could prepare your own meals. Nobody ever stood up and said, “OK, you do this and you do that.” It just happened. Same thing of the cleanup afterwards—suddenly everybody would stand up and clear their place and someone would load the dishwasher and someone else would wipe down the tables, and nobody ever told anyone to do anything. The funniest part about the national penchant for cleanliness and order is that for some reason, it simply does not apply to dog poop.

The one thing I loathe is making phone calls. I make a fair number of phone calls and I’m never sure which language to use when the secretary picks up. I mean, I can ask for people by name and explain myself in simple terms in Dutch, and even understand most of their replies. But then they ask me a very complicated question and then I have to answer in English, and then they get confused and then I realize what it is they asked (after I’ve already answered) and then the whole thing devolves from there.

What’s one thing you’ve had to adjust to since coming to the Netherlands and how did you adjust (or are you still working on it)?
Stores not being open on Sunday. You’d think that I’d be used to it by now, and I am better about getting groceries on Saturday. But if there is a koopzondag then I’ll get lazy and not get everything on Saturday. The problem with koopzondag is that not every store partakes in it, and sometimes the store I intended on visiting on Sunday is not, in fact opening that day. I had gotten better about it, but then I took an apartment closer to where I work to avoid a daily 5-hour commute. Keeping track of which koopzondag I can go shopping on just makes my life that much more complicated.

Do you have an embarrassing moment since you’ve moved that you would like to share with us (an unfortunate language blunder, or a funny getting-back-on-the-bike story)?
When I was commuting between Leiden and Nijmegen every day (2 hours each way), I eventually learned that the 6:24 train out of Nijmegen would get me to Utrecht just in time to catch the 7:26 to Leiden. The train would typically arrive in Utrecht at aound 7:23, or 7:24, and of course the platforms for the arriving and departing trains were at opposite ends of the station, so it would be a mad dash down the stairs, through the tunnel, and up the stairs and onto the train.

This one time, the arriving train pulled into Utrecht at 7:25. I’m thinking, Well, it’ll be a close one, but I think I might just make it. As soon as the door opens I’m out like a shot. Down the stairs. Past the people. The tunnel is clear. Up the stairs. Almost there. The whistle blows—

And then I trip and fall flat on my face.

When I look up again the train is moving away from the platform. And I decide that it’s a cookie kind of day.

What’s the best piece of advice you received that you would like to pass along to anyone coming to the Netherlands?
Talk less and listen more. A bit of advice that most people everywhere could use, especially if they’re in another country. I sometimes walk past Americans grumbling quite loudly about how confusing everything is. I fight the temptation to laugh at them, and then move on.

Do you have any blogs or websites that you would like to recommend?
I’m a fan (not in the Facebook sense) of Invading Holland, but I don’t know of an expat who isn’t. I love the website Birdpix—the photography there makes me green with jealousy every time I see it. The KNMI website is invaluable—there’s a lot of text on the site, but the pictograms are all you really need to know when it’s not going to rain. Marktplaats.nl is a key, key website for us—when we need something that we don’t want to (read: can’t afford) pay retail price for, that’s the first place we check to see if we can’t find it. Maastricht Minutiae is a pretty cool blog—Amanda and Dan go check out the places I never have time to. And a friend of ours, Bouke Vlierhuis, will be launching his own blog in the near future—he’s a writer and/or poet. For now, you can see his writing on fictionaut.com, under the name P. Jonas Bekker (all those vowels are a bit intimidating for Americans!).

Images courtesy of Jules

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Tiptoe Through the Tulips with Sonya

If you’ve been around the expat blogger block, odds are you know Sonya from Home Cooking with Sonya. For those of you who don’t know of her, this cooking fiend, mother of two expat dishes all in this interview. Great recipes, beautiful photos, lover of life. That’s Sonya. Read on to learn more about this remarkable expat-by-choice!

How long have you been living in the Netherlands and what brought you here?
I’ve been here 3 years now! I moved over here to start a new life. Looking back we left right before the recession hit and I’m so grateful for that.

Do you plan to stay in the Netherlands, move back to your home country, or try somewhere else?
I’m a lifer 🙂 There are no plans to move back to the States. However I can say with all honesty that the Netherlands is not my forever home. I knew within 3 months of living here that it wasn’t for me. We plan to buy a home along the German border while still conducting a large part of our lives in the Netherlands.
What do you do during the day (job, stay at home mom, entrepreneur, student, etc)?

I’m a Domestic Goddess! I happily spend my days cooking, baking and snapping photos of my life here.

What’s the most notable difference between your home country and the Netherlands?
Wow, there is a lot. However the size of this country and how cramped it is really stands out to me. I am from Oregon and I’m used to wide open spaces and privacy. I have anything but that here.

Where is your favorite place to visit in the Netherlands?
Keukenhof really stands out for me. I loved it there. I love visiting the small villages as well. They remind me of fairy-tales.

Give us one thing you love about the Netherlands and one thing you loathe… 
There is no way I can list just 1!! The flowers are so beautiful and cheap here! I have beautiful fresh flowers in my house all year long now. The architecture here is amazing. I love the cheese, chocolate, universal healthcare, 7 weeks of paid vacation a year, and being able to travel throughout Europe at a much cheaper price.

I’m not a fan of the weather. We get a lot of rain in Oregon but it seems to go on forever here. The humidity isn’t fun either nor is the dog sized mosquitoes they’ve got. Grocery shopping is up there too. It drives me nuts when they don’t restock their shelves and leave out rotten fruits and vegetables. The Dutch pride themselves on being open-minded but they are the opposite on a lot of issues.

What’s one thing you’ve had to adjust to since coming to the Netherlands and how did you adjust (or are you still working on it)?
Grocery shopping. You need to get to a lot of the places before 6pm or they close. I noticed everyone is so stressed here to get everything done in such a short amount of time. The friendship thing is different here too. I’ve got more expat friends than I do Dutch.

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Do you have an embarrassing moment since you’ve moved that you would like to share with us (an unfortunate language blunder, or a funny getting-back-on-the-bike story)?
I haven’t had anything too crazy happen to me yet 🙂

What’s the best piece of advice you received that you would like to pass along to anyone coming to the Netherlands?
I haven’t received any advice but this is what I’ve learned. One size doesn’t fit all. We all have our own experiences when moving here and not everyone’s is the same. Culture Shock is real and you shouldn’t be ashamed of it. I’ve seen some extreme cases of it here and it affects people in different ways. It’s important to surround yourself with positive people. It can be a lonely experience when trying to make friends but if you find yourself hanging on just to have a friend it can be anything but a good experience. Don’t forget who you are. You can lose sight of that when you move to another country and it can be a scary thing. You shouldn’t feel the pressure of having to change everything about yourself. I might live in a Dutch society but I keep an American home and that works for us. Being open-minded… be twice as open-minded because not everyone will always be towards you. Enjoy your new life. You are getting to see and do things most people only dream about.

Do you have any blogs or websites that you would like to recommend?
Tammy from Canadutch is a must read for any new comer. She is the most honest blogger who doesn’t sugarcoat the struggles of learning how to fit in here. A lot of her posts are hilarious and she talks about what she has learned over the years of living here. If you are a vegetarian and looking for meals to make here then Lizzy from Lizzy Goes Dutch is another great blog.

Images courtesy of Sonya

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Tiptoe Through the Tulips with Isabella

Isabella has been living in the Netherlands for almost a decade and has been keeping up her blog A Touch of Dutch for almost as long. Like many other expat bloggers in the Netherlands, I found the inspiration to start my own blog after finding and reading Isabella’s blog. Continue reading to learn more about this NL expat blogger icon!

How long have you been living in the Netherlands and what brought you here?
I’ve been here for over half a decade, on and off (we traveled frequently for work), for a total of 7 years. Love is a major reason for why I amm here.

Do you plan to stay in the Netherlands, move back to your home country, or try somewhere else?
In the middle of all our traveling, we made the Netherlands our base. I certainly have enjoyed it and have made it my home for now, but we will one day retire in America in a warmer place.

What do you do during the day (job, stay at home mom, entrepreneur, student, etc)?
I will pass on this question because I don’t want to share what I do for work, for my privacy.

What’s the most notable difference between your home country and the Netherlands?
There are so many… I don’t know where to begin. I suppose what will always stand out, what we’re famous for vs. what they’re famous for. America is Mickey Mouse, Hollywood (e.g. films, TV, celebrities), Coca-Cola and rock ‘n Roll. Everyone knows who Elvis Presley is! The Netherlands is famous for tulips, coffeeshops, windmills, wooden shoes and cheese. Whenever I return to America, I find myself constantly being asked about these things. Especially about coffeeshops and the Red Light District, both of which I know so little about.

Where is your favorite place to visit in the Netherlands?
Aside from what I can see from the train or my bicycle, the countryside and cows and quaint farmhouses, I love visiting Amsterdam. I’ve yet to visit many of the larger cities, so I hope to find another great city to visit soon for a change of pace.


Give us one thing you love about the Netherlands and one thing you loathe…
I love the cleaner, more relaxed feeling. This goes for everything ranging from bicycling in fresh air to cleaner-tasting tap water. But where I am from in America is also cleaner and more relaxed-feeling. I think what I don’t feel good about sometimes is going to dinner with friends or partied where everyone is speaking Dutch. Although I have studies Dutch non-stop, enjoy using it and have no issues anymore with confidence, I wish sometimes I could just laugh and carry-on with them all in English.

What’s one thing you’ve had to adjust to since coming to the Netherlands and how did you adjust (or are you still working on it)?
Learning Dutch. I’ve felt it was important since even before I came here, and I prepared myself for it. I’m grateful I did because I have a much more confident feeling about myself in all that I do here. I feel less dependent on others, less fear, and the more I use it and learn, the more natural it all feels. I’ve been learning non-stop and continue daily, practicing at home and teaching myself something new each day. Sometimes I even dream in Dutch!

Do you have an embarrassing moment since you’ve moved that you would like to share with us (an unfortunate language blunder, or a funny getting-back-on-the-bike story)?
I’ve definitely got a few! First, don’t be afraid to ask someone who is speaking Dutch to you to repeat themselves. I have a few experiences, but also I’ve witnessed someone recently who kept nodding her head “yes: to a man who was asking her about something which she should be sharply saying “no.” Second, to the Dutch: If you are in an English-speaking country and choose to speak Dutch to your companions, be careful about which words you say and how loudly. Hoor, dik and kont might sound similar to the local pronunciations of English words which are not normally proper to use. Also some curse/slang words are the same in English speaking countries.

What’s the best piece of advice you received that you would like to pass along to anyone coming to the Netherlands?
First, it’s better to accept from the beginning that the Dutch are not the same as the culture where we each come from. We are the ones who are different in this case, not them, so it’s better to learn about their culture, accept it and then mix our own with it to help with adjusting. And the best advice I had given to me, when I first arrived here, and the best piece of advice that I can share with others: If you will be here for more than a few years, plan on learning some Dutch. Unless you don’t mind sometimes or often being ignored or feeling left out, not everyone can speak English well enough to understand you or carry on a decent conversation, so it’s better to learn at least a little to help you get by.


Do you have any blogs or websites that you would like to recommend?
Lately, when I get time, I like to branch out and see what it’s like for others around the world. I choose Expat Blog website for some finds.

Images courtesy of Isabella

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Tiptoe Through the Tulips with Daniel Duclos

Daniel is one of those excitingly rare cases who came to the Netherlands as a “trailing husband” after his wife, Carla was offered a job here in the Netherlands! Though not the country that this blogger and aspiring author ever thought he’d find himself in, Daniel really dove into life in the Netherlands and finds that, despite the oddities, he really likes it here. If you enjoy this interview, you can also check Daniel’s blog and be sure to read his guest post on Clogs and [Hotdogs]!

How long have you been living in the Netherlands and what brought you here?
I came first with a tourist visa by the end of October 2007. Then I came back to Brazil in January 2008 to get my very own Machtiging Voorlopig Verblijf – that’s the Dutch visa: “Authorization for Temporary Stay.” In April 2008, I was back in the Netherlands to officially be an Amsterdammer. So, I’m not really sure how to answer this “how long” stuff 🙂

I never thought of coming to The Netherlands. Carla (my wife – also Brazilian) and I had wanted to live abroad for some time, but it was something we were considering doing after I graduated with my Portuguese and English Language and Literature Bachelor’s Degree. You see, I was starting a new career, after almost ten years as a system administrator. But then, Carla got a new job opportunity: she would still be working for a Brazilian company, but would be sent to work in a project here in the Netherlands. It would be a six-month project with a possible extension to one year. Since that was back in 2007, you can guess that things turned out a little differently.

When we agreed to move to the Netherlands I knew about 10 things about the country. I dunno, they had windmills, clogs and tulips (nudge, nudge), Amsterdam was the very liberal capital, Johan Cruijff was a great football player (forget this “soccer” nonsense: football is a game where you play with your feet lol) and little else. Boy, did I learn.

Do you plan to stay in the Netherlands, move back to your home country, or try somewhere else?
Well, our personal stuff (tons of them books, tons of photos, etc) is about to arrive in Rotterdam at any minute, after crossing the Atlantic all the way from Santos, Brazil, so I guess we’ll be staying for a while. No plans of going back for now. 🙂

What do you do during the day (job, stay at home mom, entrepreneur, student, etc)?
Gah, another complicated question. Ok, the answer is complicated, not the question. When I was in Brazil, I was working to become a University teacher in Brazilian literature. I had my major all sorted out and had been working in a research project. All this after a long, agonizing process of changing careers. When I came here, we thought it would be for a short-term stay. We didn’t speak any Dutch, and since we were both Brazilian, we had no relatives or in-laws or even local friends to help us with understanding the country, networking or anything like that It was… very hard.

I had decided that I wanted to write, but my mother language is Portuguese, which is not, you know, widely understood in the Netherlands (or the rest of the world). I started – because I didn’t know what else to do – to write regularly on a blog that Carla and I started as a simple way of keeping family and friends informed. I wrote and took pictures, wrote, and took pictures, and then wrote some more. After a while, I noticed that people were discovering my blog because they wanted to know about the Netherlands (I was, and still am, talking about the Netherlands). So I thought, well, maybe I can make something out of it. And then I started to study how to make a blog in a professional way and make money out of it. After I started studying and applying what I learned, my blog jumped from 3000 pageviews a month to 50000 last month, and I’m just getting started. I began to make a little money, then some more, and now I’m dedicated to making a living as a creative person, writing and photographing. I’m not there yet, but getting a little closer every day. So there, that’s what I do during the day 🙂 Oh, and sometimes I cook dinner too. 😉

What’s the most notable difference between your home country and the Netherlands?
You mean, besides the language? Gee, I don’t know. The weather is something that comes to mind. Brazil is known for having a much warmer climate. I used to live in Sao Paulo, which has two very similar seasons, so I think the 4 very distinct seasons is a big difference. I love it. But there are plenty of cultural differences too. One that took me ages to understand was a cultural difference, then to accept it, was the… well, very “physical” way of saying “excuse me” when passing through. In Brazil, if you bump into someone, you better apologize profusely. If you cross paths with someone, bump into him/her, do not apologize and just keep going, like “out of my way, BLUMP”… well, that’s a very effective way to pick a fight. Here, although the official way is “pardon, meneer/mevrouw,” the BLUMP method seems to be the standard. Or maybe it’s just Amsterdam. I don’t know. I’ve just moved to The Hague, so I’ll find out 🙂

But the main problem with cultural differences is that you don’t really know where the cultural difference ends and individual weirdness starts. Is this guy just being strange/creepy/nosy or it’s a cultural thing? I’m never quite sure where I stand.

Where is your favorite place to visit in the Netherlands?
Amsterdam is my favorite place as a whole. I absolutely love this city, even when I hate it (and there was plenty of times that I hate it). More specifically, I like Vondelpark. I used to live next to it and I have like 10 gazillion photos of it. I love the way it’s different every season, and I love to walk along it, or just lekker zonnen. Well, I like Vondelpark. I like the OBA too. Books, coffee, wonderful city view, what’s not to like? Here in The Hague, I like the Beach (so, there, this stereotype about Brazilians is true. Or maybe it’s just me.) I’m sure I’ll find a lot more, but I’ve been here for only a month!

If you want a more specific answer, I like the bierproeflokaal in de Wildeman. Google it and go, if you like beer 🙂 I do.

Give us one thing you love about the Netherlands and one thing you loathe…
Bikes! I love the bike culture! And I loathe the “real Dutch” thing. You know, “I’m a real Dutch because all my grandparents are Dutch and you are not because your great grandmother was Italian (or something).” What is that supposed to mean?? You know what? Beatrix’s father is German. And her grandfather was German. And her granddaughters, including the probable future Queen of the Netherlands, have an Argentinian mother. So, please, stop this “real Dutch” nonsense!

What’s one thing you’ve had to adjust to since coming to the Netherlands and how did you adjust (or are you still working on it)?
Everything! When I moved in I felt like a child. I couldn’t read, I had no clue how to pay for public transport on my own, I didn’t know where to buy most basic things, and if the train operator said something and half the people got out of the train and half stayed I had no freaking idea what to do. It was our first time out of Brazil, and although we both spoke English, we never had to speak it for periods longer than a few minutes. In class for example. It was a shock, I tell you. We had to adapt to everything. Having said that, the main thing I’m still working on is the language. It’s extremely important to speak Dutch. It’s essential, and if we fail on that, I don’t think we can live here for long. Surprisingly the Dutch don’t seem to want you to learn the language. Oh, sure, they say they do, and they talk about how important it is (and I totally agree!), but I think everyone who is trying to learn Dutch in the Netherlands knows the Dutch I’ll-speak-English-to-you routine. Which I find very confusing. I mean, in most countries people will speak the local language with a foreigner to the point where the conversation is not possible anymore. Here there are times they seem to actively refuse to speak Dutch to you despite understanding what you are saying. And I’m still adapting to the Dutch health care system. Don’t get me started on that 🙂

Do you have an embarrassing moment since you’ve moved that you would like to share with us (an unfortunate language blunder, or a funny getting-back-on-the-bike story)?
Oh, plenty. Lemme choose one… Ok, I was at the hotel, having arrives in the Netherlands the day before, and had a brand new 45 strippenkaar (RIP). I asked at the reception how I should use it. They said I was supposed to stamp the number of zones I was traveling plus one. And how should I know how many zones I’m traveling? He asked me where I was going and then said: “You must cancel 3 strippen.” Ok. I went to the metro, looked for a stamping yellow machine, as I was told, and started to stamp my strippen: KATCHLUNG, KATCHLUNG, KATCHLUNG Then I paused, and, since I was with Carla, I began to KATCHLUNG, KATCHLUNG, KATCHLUNG again. I stamped all of the six strippen. How was I supposed to know I should stamp the 3rd and the 6th ones? People were looking and laughing in the queue, but no one told me anything. Ever. I think I ended up stamping all the 45 strippen, thinking “man, this is hard work!” while KATCHLUNGing all the way, much to the amusement of the locals, before realising I was “doing it wrong”!


What’s the best piece of advice you received that you would like to pass along to anyone coming to the Netherlands?
A friend of ours, an Australian living in the Netherlands, said: in the beginning, everything is great, wonderful, you’re learning a lot, you love it. Then, you start to become homesick, and everything is worse, and you start to get annoyed by the local culture, and then really upset. And eventually, you get used to it, and reach an equilibrium and then you start to really adapt. My friend is a very wise person.

Do you have any blogs or websites that you would like to recommend?
Ok, that’s fun. First, blogs! I’d recommend first A Letter from The Netherlands: it’s where I discovered Clogs and [Hotdogs] 🙂 Then, I’m Not a Tourist. Few posts, but really good ones, from a long term expat. Then I like 24 Oranges. If you like bikes, check out Amsterdamize. A blog in English by a Brazilian: Greetings from Holland. Then, if you’re an expat in The Hague, I highly recommend http://www.denhaag.nl/. And finally, of course, my own blog: http://www.ducsamsterdam.net/. Yes, it’s in Portuguese, I know. An English version is in my plans for the future. If you like photography, please connect with me via Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/daniduc/. And let’s keep in touch via Twitter! I’ll be twittering mostly in English, with the occasional Dutch and Portuguese tweets, at @daniduc 🙂 So, thanks for reading! And thanks, Tiffany, for the opportunity and for making such a great blog! 🙂

 

[Editor’s Note: Anytime, Daniel! And thank you for an excellent interview!]

Images courtesy of Daniel Duclos

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