What is your profession? When I landed on Dutch shores, I worked in Human Resources. I am now a writer and own The Writing Well.
What is the main difference between your country of origin and the Netherlands?Apart from the obvious difference of language, the main difference would have to be the more social culture that exists in the Netherlands. This is apparent in many things but I see it most visibly when I am doing ordinary 'daily life' things; people saying hello when you enter a doctor’s or dentist’s waiting room; acknowledging each other in the lift instead of the British approach of head down and pretending you can’t see each other; saying hello in the street. It is all small-scale interaction but it is the type of interaction that you certainly can’t take for granted in England. When everyone greeted us the first time I walked into the doctor’s waiting room in the Netherlands I was genuinely shocked!
The Hague Online and Expatica are great. Parenting in Holland offers parents (to-be) fantastic resources and information and there are a few expat bloggers in the Netherlands that I also keep up to date with – A Touch of Dutch and Life Abroad.