Hi everyone and welcome back to my blog! As some of you may know, I live in The Netherlands and today I will be sharing the pros and cons of living in the country. So if you’re interested, definitely keep on reading!
Since Jenny did a blogpost about the pros and cons of life in Boston, I really liked the idea of doing a list for The Netherlands. I feel like a lot of you don’t know much about The Netherlands and I just like to give you a bit more information. I also share my opinion about a couple of things in The Netherlands. So if you do not agree with some of the things I will say, please don’t feel offended!
- We have beautiful cities
If you have ever been to Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Utrecht or The Hague, you know what I mean. I just love to be in these big cities. Not only for the shopping, which is great too, but the feeling of being in these beautiful cities is just amazing!
2. We speak quite a unique language
Our native language is Dutch and it’s only spoken in the countries which are orange in the picture above. I actually like that our language is so unique. It is a difficult language for foreigners to learn, especially the letter G is hard to pronounce for some people. Because or language is so unique, we get to learn a lot of other languages at school. For example, we already learn to speak English at the age of 8. When we are 12, we learn French and German in school. We can also choose to learn Spanish in school when we are older. I actually like to speak several languages, that’s why I had to mention this in my pro-list!
3. We can travel relatively quick to other countries
I spoke to several people who live in the US, who have never been to another country before. When you live in The Netherlands, you have to drive at least(!) 3 hours to be in another country. For example, I live on the east side of The Netherlands, and I only have to travel 10/15 minutes to be in Germany!
4. There are a lot of great places to eat sushi
I just had to add this one to the list. In the nearest city to me, there are already 3 great restaurants for sushi. Sushi is a hype over here, so there are more and more sushi-restaurants popping up in the bigger cities!!
- It rains A LOT
Every time when my make-up is on fleek and I’m going outside, it is starting to rain. So annoying. The weather is also very unpredictable in here. One year it snows in April and the other year it looks like summer in April. But yeah, it rains the most of the time. If you ever go to The Netherlands, don’t forget your umbrella!
2. A lot of cool American make-upbrands are hard to get here
I’m dying to buy something from Too Faced, Colourpop, Tarte, Covergirl, Juvias Place or Anastasia Beverlyhills. Yes, I’ve got the ABH Modern Renaissance palette, but that was not super easy to get. On the other hand, we’ve got the brands Essence and Catrice overhere, which are hard to get in the US. (lol I heard that, is that true?)
3. Being normal is a standard
There is this saying over here: Doe maar normaal, dan ben je al gek genoeg. Which means: If you are being normal, you’re already crazy enough. This bothers me a little bit because when you do something other than the ‘big crowd’, people already think you are weird. I think everyone needs to be theirselfs and need to express theirself, even though that is not ‘normal’.
4. We are limited
Okay, that sounds a bit dramatic lol, I didn’t mean to. But I’ve heard a lot about ‘The American Dream’ where you can be whoever or whatever you want if you work hard enough. We can achieve a lot overhere in The Netherlands, don’t get me wrong. But there is always an end. You can’t endless grow in for example your job. If you have a job, you can get promoted, ofcourse, but there is an end. I hope you understand what I try to say over here. We do can achieve whatever we wan’t with working hard, but there is always an end. And if you want to do more, you can go to a foreign country or something but in The Netherlands, you will not grow until forever!
I really hope you liked this blogpost. I love living in The Netherlands, even though I can admire countries like the USA where the sky is the limit and where you can buy amazing make-upbrands. I hope I got to learn you something about my country. If you’d like to see a part 2 on this or if you like to see a pros and cons: living in a small town, please comment it down below.
Thank you for reading, Anne ♥