Sunday, July 5, 2009

Tânia Neves in the Hot Seat - Interview with an Expat

How long have you been living in the Netherlands?
Moved here in February, I’m a fresher

What brought you initially to the Netherlands?
Came on research, and for some work experience by working as an assistant in an Art Gallery. I had been living in the UK for 3 years before I came here.

What is your profession?
I’m a freelance photographer and writer.

What is the main difference between your country of origin and the Netherlands?
Everything is a lot more expensive in the Netherlands, and shops, cafés and venues close a lot later in Portugal…

What was the most surprising adjustment you needed to make when moving to the Netherlands?
Shops and cafés opening times, and the very late sunsets in the summer.
What would you miss most about the Netherlands if you were to leave tomorrow?
Mostly the ease of being able to cycle everywhere… The cycle lanes and the respect people in general have for cyclists is fantastic. But I will surely miss the central library in Amsterdam and the parks.

What do you like least about the Netherlands?
It was very hard opening a bank account and some other bureaucratic tasks. I nearly cried in a bank once, because I couldn’t get into an agreement with the clerk at the counter. That was extremely hard…

What is your favourite Dutch word?

How would you describe the Dutch people?
Very friendly and warm, but sometimes they are nice in a way that is just to be polite. I don’t blame them!

Do you have any blogs or websites that you find enjoyable about the Netherlands for people living here?

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