It would be impossible to be an Expat living in the Netherlands without knowing about Invading Holland. It’s much like The Undutchables; a must-read for us all. Invading Holland is a light-hearted look into life in the Netherlands with hilarious anecdotes about having your bike stolen, an addiction to Speculoos and signs to look out […]
Meet Nicole, International Almere’s secretary. Our interview with Nicole is the latest in our Getting to Know Us series here at International Almere. Nicole stepped into the hugely challenging IA secretary role at the end of last year and most visibly is responsible for our newsletter (have you signed up for it? If not, run, […]
We are really getting cracking with this Getting to Know Us series here at International Almere. In December we met our first ever Life Member Becky Riddle and today we are getting to know one of our favourites — Carly Bridgeman. Famous for her rum balls and jelly shots, Carly moved to the Netherlands more […]
The Guest Card is the largest expat community in the Netherlands and was started as a joint initiative with the City of The Hague to help internationals with starting their lives in the Netherlands. In 2012, The Guest Card is celebrating their 5th birthday, and their expansion to other areas of the Netherlands, including the Amsterdam area. As part […]
In only the last six months or so I’ve noticed a shift in my perception and attitude to life here in the Netherlands. Confrontations or situations that earlier would have left a black cloud hanging over my head for an entire day (or a week, sometimes!) no longer seem to bother me for much longer […]
Inburgering. What on Earth..? Trying to find a clear English language explanation about the Inburgering Cursus (integration course) is as rare as hen’s teeth.
What is the most feared and dreaded part of living in the Netherlands? The aspect that would make even the Prime Minister quake in his boots? The police? The cheese? The dijks bursting? If you suggested any of these, you’d be wrongity wrong wrong wrong. So what is it then? Ask any Dutchie and they’ll tell […]
There it was today, my first working day in 2012. Good corporate citizen that I am, I investigated straight away how I can help my company by getting maximum relaxation for as little time off as possible.
Oud en Nieuw consists of Oudejaarsavond (New Year’s Eve) on December 31 and Nieuwjaarsdag (New Year’s Day) on January 1 which is a public holiday. New Year’s Eve New Year’s Eve is usually spent enjoying a party with friends and family or going into town to see open-air concerts and the fireworks around the city. […]