Martín Pereira came to the Netherlands from Uruguay and discovered he had a safe haven to grow and explore what he wants from his own life, away from the insecurity of his homeland.
How long have you been living in the Netherlands?
I reached the Netherlands on 10 March 2007 so ... just over two years.
What brought you initially to the Netherlands? Survival. Some people said it was easier to survive here, and as everything fell into place, it was worth the try.
What is your profession?
I am currently working for Expereo International BV (Internet Services Provider) bringing technical support directly to customers via telephone. As a sideline, I am running personal projects as a writer and musician (separately).
What is the main difference between your country of origin and the Netherlands?
There are several differences but the most relevant should be: Security ... and the weather.
What was the most surprising adjustment you needed to make when moving to the Netherlands?
To finally be an adult, and start thinking about the importance of my own life. To organise my life as I really wanted it to be.
What would you miss most about the Netherlands if you were to leave tomorrow?
Security. Public places like cinemas, shops, restaurants or the street itself are extremely safe here, and not violent at all. Moreover, I would miss one of the best things this country has: the possibility to make your own bubble, inside your home everything is your own business and everyone respects that.
What do you like least about the Netherlands?
The fact that all the shops are closed on Sunday, and that there is no 24/7 Supermarket anywhere.
What is your favourite Dutch word?
Willekeurig (a dutch colleague of mine defined me with that word once, and I liked it since then).
How would you describe the Dutch people?
Blond, surprisingly tall, business seekers, stubborn and respectful towards rules/laws.
Do you have any blogs or websites that you find enjoyable about the Netherlands for people living here?
More useful than enjoyable: http://www.buienradar.nl/ It shows when is raining/going to rain in Amsterdam! Amazing! It saved me of carrying an umbrella for three cloudy days!