2016 is going to be a little different – I’m going to be starting my new year, with a new job in a new country.
My boyfriend was offered a job at his work’s office in Amsterdam and after some deliberation (Him: Would you like to move to Amsterdam? Me: Yes, please) we decided to jump at the chance.
I applied for a job and got it, so as far as I’m concerned the hard part is over. Now, I can just enjoy all the lovely things about moving somewhere new. Something I find both exciting and scary.
Exciting because relocating to a different country means new opportunities, new friends, new experiences and maybe even learning a new language.
Scary because, urr, have you heard Dutch? The phrase ‘double Dutch’ exists for a reason. Plus, there’s the new job jitters and what if there’s nobody fun in the whole of Amsterdam that wants to hang out with me?
Things I want to achieve in my first year in Amsterdam
Bearing in mind the scary:exciting ratio I thought a few goals would help me make the most of my first year in the Netherlands.
- See more of the Netherlands. Some of it looks like a fairytale dream and I already have Utrecht and Leiden on my list.
- See more of Europe, in particular: Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Italy and Portugal.
- Join a club. I joined a couple of netball teams when I moved to London and I made some fab friends (although we did eventually swap netball for regular dinner dates). I’m not sure the Netherlands has really embraced netball so I might have to settle for yoga instead.
- Cycle! I am not a natural on a bicycle but living in a country where there are more bikes than people might force me to reconsider my opinion on traveling on two wheels.
- Learn conversational Dutch – or at least expand upon ‘ ik speekt geen Nederlands’ (I can’t speak Dutch!)