I LOVE Amsterdam and I'm so glad that I moved to the Netherlands. Finding expat housing in Amsterdam is hard. When I moved here, I didn't know how to find an apartment although I'm now on apartment #3 already. Hopefully this helps others find a room or expat apartment to rent in Amsterdam! Includes rental housing information that you need to know, a free download to keep track of applications, the best neighborhoods to look in, and strategies for finding housing.
Ever wish that you were born into a royal family or want to visit a castle near Amsterdam? Even if you're not, you can visit these four beautiful castles in the Netherlands to feel like a royal, at least for a day. All are easily accessible via public transit and possible with a day trip from Amsterdam or Rotterdam. Ready to see some incredible castles? *Updated March 26, 2017*
After seeing photos upon photos of beautiful fields of tulips here in the Netherlands, I knew I had to go for myself. I'm traveling a lot soon and honestly, I didn't have the money to pay for entrance into Keukenhof, so I did it my way: the cheapest way possible. I don't leave much up to chance in my life admittedly, so here's five steps to guaranteeing that you will see the flowers in the natural fields or free!
Before we begin, let me say moving abroad is not easy and although everyone loves to write about the benefits, it’s not a fairytale. It’s especially hard if you’re moving to a country unemployed like I did, but whether you can get a job depends on a lot on your field, qualifications, visa, language skills, and the country itself. These are the seven things that I wish someone had told me a year ago to make moving abroad easier.
I've been living in Amsterdam for a while now and I wanted to show others the Amsterdam that I love: neighborhoods full of regular people, great food, local haunts, and gezellig (cozy) cafes/bars. Most people miss out on these when they visit Amsterdam as they stay in the centre, but I wrote about five neighborhoods worth seeing (or staying in) as well as my favorite sights/food/drinks in each area. Keep reading below the cut for local tips!
The first reaction to saying that you're moving abroad typically involves some degree of shock and questioning. The next reaction involves even more questions on how you're going to pull it off. At first, this might be a difficult question to answer since some aspects just cannot be known. However, I wanted to outline some of the most important (and difficult) questions that I asked myself (and my parents inevitably asked me) prior to deciding to move abroad.
Doing your research is quite important when considering moving to a new country with a Significant Other. These are the questions I thought most about prior to moving and the ones that were most important in my decision to come along. (Questions under the cut)
Karen. American expat from New York City living in Amsterdam. Part-time traveler.
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