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Interview of the month September 2017– Interview with Kristen Palana

While supporting expats to settle in smoothly, I publish these interviews, revealing personal stories, tips, and ideas. Arriving in a new country is such a change, so how can you make it feel ‘’Home’’ easily? This month, answers are…
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What no one tells you before you move abroad

I remember when my partner got a job here in the Netherlands and the thought of starting a new life here emerged for the first time. Of course, my closest family was worried and sad about me moving and also some of my friends too. But most…
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Culture Shock - what is it and how to deal with it.

Moving to a new place is exciting but it can also feel scary and overwhelming. You have to adapt to new people, a new language, a new way of doing things. You may have to change your eating habits or the way you behave (and even dress). Often…
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Interview of the month 2017 Summer Edition with Merel Nahuysen

In my goal to inspire and supporting people, I publish these interviews, revealing personal stories, tips and advice. Moving abroad is a big change and often challenging, but also filled with opportunities. Or not?  This month I introduce…
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Saying goodbye for a healthy start.

“Goodbye…” It’s such a powerful and emotive word, isn’t it? And, as we will see, it’s more than just a word to signify a parting; it’s a way to complete a cycle. By saying healthy goodbyes we bring a sense of closure and ready…
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I am from Tanzania, not Tasmania.

“Hello, I’m Edna and I come from Tanzania”, I introduce myself to a stranger at an expatriates event. “Oh, the devil! ”, he exclaims. Huh…did he just refer to me as the devil!? I contain myself and suppress the need to sarcastically…
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Interview of the month May 2017

My mission is to inspire people, by speaking and writing, but also by interviewing expats. Living abroad is such a change, which can be fun and scary at the same time. I publish these interviews, revealing personal stories, tips and advices…
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Tips on how to overcome loneliness.

Loneliness is an emotional state in which a person experiences a powerful feeling of emptiness and isolation. Loneliness is a universal human emotion, yet it is both complex and unique to each individual. Your experience of it may be different…
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The time I was invited for ‘drinks.’

There are times when my English culture and the Dutch culture collide into a mass ball of miscommunication. Sometimes the outcome is amusing, sometimes it’s just plain confusing. I was invited for drinks. I and my English partner recently…
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Interview of the month March 2017

While supporting expats with integration and languages, these interviews reveal personal stories, tips and advice. Arriving in a new country is a big change and how to feel 'at Home' can be a challenge. [Or not?] Interview with Sagar from India…
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Interview of the month February 2017

While supporting expats with integration and languages, I publish these interviews, revealing personal stories, tips and advice. Arriving in a new country is such a change, and  how to feel ‘’at Home’’ can be a challenge. Or not? This…
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How does the Netherlands rate in the Global Expat Survey?

Ever wondered which country has the best work-life balance? Which is the best for raising children? Or which is the friendliest towards foreigners? And just how does the Netherlands compare in the global rankings? Expat Insider – one of…
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Interview of the month November 2016

Arriving in a new country is such a change, and  how to feel ‘’at Home’’ can be a challenge. How can an expat integrate easily? In my goal to support people with confidence and languages, I hear many real-life stories.  Through…
Free Financial Education Seminar for Expats
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Free Financial Education Seminar for Expats

Do you know the financial implications of you being an expat? The need for financial information and investment needs of an expat differ from that of a “regular” employee. What does it mean to be an expat? And how do your finances change?…
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Interview of the month September 2016

Arriving in a new country is such a change, and  how to feel ‘’at Home’’ can be a challenge. How can an expat integrate easily? This month I introduce you to Sukhada Parkhi Interview with Sukhada Original country: India Expat…
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Things no one tells you about The Netherlands

I have been living in The Netherlands for a little while now and I am still discovering new things about this lowland country I now call home. But there are a few small things I wish I knew about this place from day one! Things I Wish I Knew…
Interview month Cara Crisler
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INTERVIEW OF THE MONTHS JULY- AUGUST 2016

Arriving in a new country is such a change, and how to feel ‘’at Home’’ can be a challenge.  How can you integrate easily? Every month, I interview expats, willing to share their story with you. You will find their personal stories…
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Interview of the month June

In my goal to support people with integration and languages, I interview expats. Each one reveals personal stories and advise about moving or living abroad.How to feel ‘’at Home’’ can be a challenge. Let me introduce you to Lisa as…
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Interview of the month April

This month I take you to Austria. It’s my pleasure to introduce you to a very interesting and amazing business woman, Kornelia. Enjoy ;-) In my goal to support people with network, confidence, integration and languages, I interview…
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Have You Tried These Dutch Foods?

You're in The Netherlands and you want to eat like a true Dutch person. Then pull up your chair, get your napkin ready, swig a glass of milk and start chewing on your Stamppot! Here is a list of traditional Dutch food that you may want to try.   Traditional…
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My List Of Tips And Advice For The New Expat To The Netherlands

I can gladly say I have been living in Haarlem for 2 years. Now with the New Year started I decided to reflect on my time here. I decided to compile a list of things I wished I knew before I moved here.  Of course, everyone’s experiences…
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A Taste of Home in Haarlem

A Taste of Home in Haarlem: a characteristic food shop, in the heart of Haarlem with sweet treats, drinks, and foods from abroad. The perfect place to get your Christmas crackers, puddings and mince pies. We interviewed the owner, Lauren…
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Challenges of Expats – Interview of the month October

In my goal to support expats, I take regular interviews, which reveals great stories and advise. Whether you are an expat or thinking to become one, you can enjoy these stories. Arriving in a new country is such a change, and  how to feel…
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Challenges of Expats – Interview of the month September

In my goal to support expats with their transition, I take regular interviews with Expats.  They reveal true  stories filled with challenges, issues,  joy, but also  TIPS and advise for newcomers. Arriving in a new country is a big change,…
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Challenges of Expats – Interview of the months July- August

In my goal to support expats, I present you this month’s new interview. Let me introduce you to Indira, in short ‘’Ira’’. Her original name comes from an original background, which is half Russian, half Indian. Being an Expat,…

Challenges of Expats – Interview of the month June

In my goal to support expats, I interview expats frequently and bring you their true stories. The life of an expat…Is it all glamorous and fun, or rather difficult and lonely? This answer is different for everyone.  The one common thing…
Expat wife picture: Recognisable or not?

Expat wife picture: Recognisable or not?

I found this pic on the web. And was wondering: is this recognisable to you or not?
Challenges of Expats – Interview of the month January (Photo: Livia Maria Galassi)

Challenges of Expats – Interview of the month January

In my goal to support expats, I started regular interviews, bringing true stories to the surface. Being an Expat: Easy or Challenging? How do you become an Expat? What is the reason? Some hope to find a job, some join their partner, others…
About migrants that landed but with anchors made of salt, as their thoughts (Photo: Marco Ottaviani)

About migrants that landed but with anchors made of salt, as their thoughts

“They go on with their lives here. I might have realized it just now”. This is what Michele told me. With his eyes looking down, to the left, as he was feeling guilty of something. Then he looked back at me. The green was surrendered;…
What makes you an Expat?
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What makes you an Expat?

Is it possible to feel more at home in your new country than your home country? Read my story and the challenges I faced when I moved back to the Netherlands after a 10 year stint abroad. According to Wikipedia: “An expatriate (sometimes…