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Englebird replied to the thread A LONE IN AMSTERDAM on the Netherlands forum:
Englebird initially posted:
Well, I could not predict this. Ever. When I came here I was signing a year's lease on a beautiful rental in Amsterdam. The idea was my husband would finalize our things and come over. We'd see Europe together. Within, 9 days, he dropped dead of a massive heart attack. So, here I am! Alone. I signed up for Dutch language... everyone either works or has a Dutch boyfriend... really sweet group. I'm over 50 years old. SIGH Part of me is determined to stick it out and the other parts just cries and wants to run back to Connecticut. I am recovering from the flu and realized I don't really have a single soul here that would know if I was okay, I'm usually very happy and fun to be around. I love art and was an art teacher. I have great friends. But, no one here. I'm near Liedseplein and I walk a lot. I am so grateful for so many things. Just wish I could share. Francesca
Englebird replied on May 21, 2015 with:
Ach! How do I respond? Thank you for writing. I am happy to meet you. My email is GriffonGriffoff@Gmail.com (I had Brussels Griffon doggies.) Francesca
taraindc replied on May 11, 2015 with:
Perhaps a meet up group? I travel frequently for business, I'm a woman (50) and could meet for lunch next time I'm in town.
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WoodenShoes replied to the thread Moving to Den Haag on the Netherlands forum:
misskjk initially posted:
Hello all, hope you are well. I am moving to Den Haag in August and believe I have selected an area I would like to live in. Does anyone live in/near Vogelwijk? As a sporty person, it's important to be close to the beach to swim and the park to run, plus it's only half an hour bike ride from my employer. I would appreciate any moving advice. I have no dependents and so I'm moving on my own. Hope to hear from you soon :-)
WoodenShoes replied on May 19, 2015 with:
Hi, I live in Den Haag and I am not sure I would choose the Vogelwijk. It is safe and close to the beach, but not exactly vibrant. Have you looked at the Statenkwartier? It is inbetween the centre of Den Haag and borders on Scheveningen (=the sea). It's a great neighbourhood. Good luck! WS
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WoodenShoes replied to the thread Moving soon with partner to Utrecht/Den Bosch on the Netherlands forum:
ellewy initially posted:
My partner is being transferred to the Den Bosch branch of his company in the next few months and I was hoping to get some advice/tips/tricks. We'll be there for roughly 2 years. We've been considering getting an apartment either in Den Bosch (easier commute to work) or in Utrecht, as it's a larger city and might have more going on. We've been living in Madison, WI which is a college town/state capital hybrid, but we both went to school in the more urban Milwaukee. Both of us enjoyed living in these two areas, though we somewhat prefer the Madison area to the hustle and bustle of the big city. Does anyone have any positive/negative experiences regarding living in either Utrecht or Den Bosch that you could share? Or anything in general that a soon to be American expat should know?
WoodenShoes replied on May 19, 2015 with:
Hi! Den Bosch is a very nice city, old, historic and great for all sorts restuarants, bars etc. The same can be said for Utrecht, but the daily commute to Den Bosch is not something I would advise. Den Bosch is well connected (trains and roads), so daytrips to Amsterdam etc. not a problem, and being fairly close to Belgium means further opportunities to go exploring. Good luck! WS
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Lennys26 posted Work and Notice Period on the Netherlands forum:
I am looking to change jobs and have a 1 month notice period. I currently have 1 month of unused vacation time. In the past I have been in similar situations in other countries, where the law allowed for the notice period to overlap the vacation - thus, essentially I lost a month of salary. Can anyone comment on whether this is the same situation here in NL?
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Expat Report Review of AICS in Amsterdam, Netherlands was published
Review-of-AICS
What advice would you give to someone considering enrolling their child in this school?
DON'T. Try to find another school especially one with experienced staff and not full of himself/herself director and leaders. In Aics some teacher are good and some other bad. The secondary part is terrible. The admin and communication is terrible. No facilities in a building which is not adequate for a school. There is not a good system to safeguard the children. My sons attended a good private schools in the UK where they were very good students after being in AICS for a couple of years their level went down the hill. We moved them to a good school in The Hague, problem solved. Do not waste money in AICS (Continue)
Expat Report Review of The International School of the Hague in The Hague, Netherlands was published
Review-of-The International School of the Hague
What advice would you give to someone considering enrolling their child in this school?
I will just write about my experience with the primary school; you can refer to the other reports on this web site if you are interested in the secondary school. I regret very much putting my child in the International School. The communication with parents is awful: you do not know what records are being placed in your child’s file, measures that affect your child are being implemented without informing you, measures are implemented even after your specific disapproval, etc. If you dare to raise questions to the school administration about their policies and/or practices, you are likely to get a very disrespectful treatment and a ‘take-it-or-leave-it’ attitude. The current principal (Mr. Kevin Rae) has mastered this attitude to a point that borders insanity. Luckily, he is leaving in August 2015 and many parents are hopeful that things will improve afterwards. I have some doubts about this. The problem is that most of the staff consists of temps and part-times. This is clearly reflected in their work motivation. There are some motivated and skilled teachers, but these seem to be the minority. I do not expect that this situation will change much with the new principal. The bottom line is that I will be taking my child out of this school once the school year is over. My advice to other parents is: i) If you do not have financial concerns, go for the American School (take a look at the great reviews they have at this web site) ii) If money is a concern, consider the European School. Unfortunately, unless you work for a European organization, they have a long waiting line. iii) Judging by the experience of my friends, I would not put my child in the British School: they seem to have some of the same issues as the International School. (Continue)
MYC posted Brompton or other folded bikes on the Netherlands forum:
Hey guys I will be living in Amsterdam and working in Rotterdam. So I will need to travel with a folding bike to and from train station in both places. My budget could be as high as getting a brompton or something else... But I am wondering which place do you recommend for getting a brompton? or other brand folding bikes that is not too heavy to carrying around... and does not take too much to open and fold?
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adminee posted Post a Message of Support for France on the Netherlands forum:
We encourage you to post a message of support for the people of France, in particular, the expats in France who use Expat Exchange, please go to: http://www.expatexchange.com/expat/index.cfm?frmid=211&tpcid=3395954
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