Wednesday 21 October 2020

Members of the international community answer 10 key questions about their lives in the Netherlands

‘ I know the Dutch system is one of the best in Europe’

‘ I know the Dutch system is one of the best in Europe’

Student and Romanian national Antonia Raileanu loves fish, would like to visit the Apenheul and was a candidate in the 2014 local elections. How did you end up in the Netherlands? In 2010 I decided to continue my studies and pursue a Master’s degree in the Netherlands because I know the Dutch system is one of the best education systems in Europe. I applied to several Dutch universities and on my first trip to the Netherlands I ended up getting... More >


‘I studied here on an Erasmus programme back in 2001’

‘I studied here on an Erasmus programme back in 2001’

British Amsterdammer Vicky Hampton loves Osseworst and is definitely not an expat. How did you end up in the Netherlands? I studied here on an Erasmus exchange programme back in 2001/2002. I fell in love with Amsterdam and didn’t want to leave… At the time, I did the sensible thing and returned to the UK to finish my degree, after which I ended up in London with every other graduate for a couple of years. But at a certain moment,... More >


‘You could make me happy with a local ingredient stamppot’

‘You could make me happy with a local ingredient stamppot’

Sharyn van Ees-Cooper has been in the Netherlands for 10 years and would like to take a balloon trip over the Betuwe region. We ask her 10 questions about her life in the Netherlands. How did you end up in the Netherlands? I married a Dutchman whom I met in Vienna. His work at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs continuously takes us back to The Hague, which of course is the country’s seat of government. How do you describe yourself... More >


‘I happily followed my husband for a horse and our dream home’

‘I happily followed my husband for a horse and our dream home’

English woman Charlotte Bellamy has two bikes, a penchant for Dutch apple pie and misses fish and chips. What do you do? I am a photographer. I specialise in natural and relaxed family portraiture on location and equine photography. I also teach English language photography courses from my home and all over the Netherlands – I love my job! How did you end up in the Netherlands? My husband came to work with the Rabobank International team, and on the... More >


‘I’m Irish living in Amsterdam, married to a Dutchman’

‘I’m Irish living in Amsterdam, married to a Dutchman’

Aisling Casey is Irish and has been in the Netherlands for 17 years. She is principal oboist with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra. We ask her 10 questions about her life in the Netherlands. How did you end up in the Netherlands? I met my (future) Dutch husband in the European Union Youth Orchestra and was studying oboe in Hannover, Germany when the co-principal oboe job came up with the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra. Since oboe jobs don’t come up very... More >


‘I intended to stay three months, that was 12 years ago’

‘I intended to stay three months, that was 12 years ago’

Ben Silburn, 45, is a computer programmer, presenter, writer and one of the chaps behind Easy Laughs. We ask him 10 questions about his life in the Netherlands. How did you end up in the Netherlands? I wanted a break from my writing job in London so I applied for short-term contracts anywhere in Europe. Amsterdam was the first place that offered me a job. I intended to stay for three months, that was twelve years ago… How do you... More >


‘I met a Dutch guy in a bar and two years later I moved to the Netherlands’

‘I met a Dutch guy in a bar and two years later I moved to the Netherlands’

American small business coach Stephanie Ward is puzzled by the loos on NS trains and does not want to know what is in bitterballen. What do you do? I show small business owners how to get more clients and grow their businesses. I’m a marketing coach. How did you end up in the Netherlands? I met a Dutch guy in a bar and two years later I moved to the Netherlands. We’re still together and still madly in love. How... More >


‘I miss the wind blowing through an undulating landscape’

‘I miss the wind blowing through an undulating landscape’

Peter Leggett has been in the Netherlands for 12 years. He likes deep-fried Dutch snacks and Zeeland and is definitely not an expat. How did you end up in the Netherlands? I was sent here by an old employer, Orange, to help with the change programme of re-branding Dutchtone to Orange NL. A one-year secondment basically. How do you describe yourself – an expat, lovepat, immigrant, international, etc – and why? Definitely not an expat. I live here, I am... More >