Originally from Russia, Daniel has been living in Tilburg since May 2011. Profession: Web content creator
Why did you move to the Southeast Netherlands?
Well, a lot of people ask almost the same questions. At least twice a month I have to respond on these questions. And 95% of all answers is like this:
"After I almost finished my education, I understood that some international experience could be useful for me. Over here in Europe, because of the fact that there are many small-sized countries with relatively similar sized economies, you get a lot more international experience working with cross-border issues and the like. It is a very different way of working. Also you improve your professional and language skills. And of course it is a nice country with kind people."
But every time I'm also asking myself, what was the main reason to move to the Netherlands? And I can't find the answer. It is not about the people, it is not about the culture, it is not about one more line in your CV, sometimes you just have to put a twist on your life. And if you like to travel - it is best opportunity for work and travel.
I was feeling from the very beginning, following my intuition that it would be very interesting and exciting. And this is true. Shortly, if you have an opportunity - use it!
Do you have a favorite motto? If so, what is its significance?
For a long time my motto was something like this: "'tis better to do and repent than to forbear and repent."
What is your favorite part about living in this part of the Netherlands?
Everything is really close. Paris, Amsterdam, Antwerpen, Utrecht, Brussels - travel, wherever you want.
Is the Southeast Netherlands international?
Yes, of course! Mild climate, good working and living conditions, kind English-speaking people, who are always willing to help you, encourage foreigners to come to the Netherlands.
What is missing in the Southeast Netherlands?
I think the Southeast Netherlands is good as it is.
Are you a member of any international organizations or clubs?
What was your first impression of the Southeast Netherlands?
Well, the first impression of the Southeast Netherlands was that here everything is too formal, everything is going in a proper way, in formal clothes. Before every new step, you have to make an appointment and get an agreement.
Did you experience culture shock?
Is there anything that you wish you knew before moving here?
No, I think every knowledge is good in its own time.
What is your best piece of advice for other expats?
All things are difficult before they are easy, so don't be afraid of something new.
What is your favorite thing to do in the Netherlands over the weekend?
Well, when it is raining I think the best way to spend your time is to meet your friends and enjoy the evening with a cup of hot mulled wine. If you like to travel, you can visit a lot of interesting places, museums, art galleries, etc. For people who prefer nightclubs - a lot of parties are going on during the weekend all over The Netherlands.
What do you miss most from home?
I think, that most of all I'm missing my friends and relatives. I care more about people and human relations, than about something material.
If you had to leave the Southeast Netherlands tomorrow, what would you miss?
People. My friends from AIESEC, my colleagues, my friends from Tilburg University
If you could go back in time, to before you moved here, would you still move?