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7 Tips for Living in Mons

By Joshua Wood, LPC

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Summary: Advice for people moving to Mons or thinking about moving there.

This is a must read if you're moving to Mons or thinking about moving there.

Living in Mons as an expat or digital nomad can be an exciting adventure. This charming city, known for its rich history, vibrant culture, and friendly locals, offers a unique blend of old-world charm and modern amenities. However, like any new place, it can take some time to adjust and feel at home. Here are seven key tips to help you make the most of your time in Mons.

1. Learn the Local Language

While many people in Mons speak English, learning the local language, French, can greatly enhance your experience. Not only will it make everyday tasks like shopping and dining out easier, but it will also help you connect with locals and understand the culture better. Consider taking a language course or using language learning apps to get started.

2. Explore the Local Cuisine

Belgium is famous for its food, and Mons is no exception. From delicious waffles and chocolates to hearty stews and fries, there's something for every palate. Be sure to try local specialties at restaurants like L'Envers, a popular spot for traditional Belgian cuisine, or Le Bistro de Jean Phi, known for its innovative dishes.

3. Get to Know the Neighborhoods

Mons is made up of several distinct neighborhoods, each with its own character and charm. The city center, known as Grand Place, is a bustling hub of shops, restaurants, and historic buildings. The Sainte-Waudru area, on the other hand, is quieter and known for its beautiful cathedral. Spend some time exploring each neighborhood to find the one that feels like home to you.

4. Take Advantage of Public Transportation

Getting around Mons is easy thanks to its efficient public transportation system. Buses and trains connect the city center with outlying areas, making it easy to explore. Plus, using public transportation is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint and get a feel for the local lifestyle.

5. Enjoy the Local Culture

Mons is a city rich in culture and history. Visit the Museum of Fine Arts (BAM) to see works by famous Belgian artists, or explore the historic Belfry of Mons, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The city also hosts numerous festivals throughout the year, like the Doudou Festival, a traditional event that dates back to the 14th century. Participating in these cultural activities can help you feel more connected to your new home.

6. Stay Active

Staying active is important for both physical and mental health, and Mons offers plenty of opportunities for outdoor activities. Take a walk or bike ride in the beautiful Parc du Waux-Hall, or join a local sports club to meet new people and stay fit.

7. Connect with Other Expats

Finally, connecting with other expats can make your transition to life in Mons easier. Join local expat groups or online communities to share experiences, get advice, and make new friends. Remember, everyone in these groups has been in your shoes at some point, so don't be afraid to ask questions or seek support.

Living in Mons, Belgium as an expat or digital nomad can be a rewarding and enriching experience. By taking the time to learn the language, explore the local cuisine and culture, and connect with other expats, you can make the most of your time in this charming city.

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About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.


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