I saw this Expat Tag floating around on a blog somewhere and loved the idea. Although I don’t consider myself a true expat yet, I really liked the questions and reading the bloggers answers. So I though I’d give it a go as well!
Where were you born, where did you grow up and where do you currently live?
I was born in a small village in The Netherlands and grew up there as well. While studying I’ve lived on my own in Groningen, which was awesome, and I’ve worked abroad before for a period of four months (France). But this is my first foreign adventure!
What made you leave your home country?
Adventure for the most part, and a terrible hatred for The Netherlands for the rest.
What type of reactions do you get when you meet new people and tell them where you are from?
Usually something along the lines of: marijuana, weed, pot, cannabis, maryjane, hashish, ganja… You know, cause all Dutch people smoke weed?
What was the easiest/hardest part in adjusting to your new country?
The worst part was leaving my family behind. I miss them terribly every day, even if we’re only a 3 hour flight apart. But what I gained here is a brand new family, and that makes it so much easier to adjust. All the friends I made here are the best I’ve ever had.
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Your favorite food or drink item in your new country?
I’m obsessed with Moussaka and Souvlaki, that’s for sure!
What’s the one thing you said “yes” to in your new city that you wouldn’t say “yes” to, back home?
Iced coffee. I used to hate it big time. Turns out it’s the only thing they drink here. And with the scorching sun, it’s really no surprise. So back in January I took the big leap and ordered one for myself. I don’t know if it’s a “everything tastes better when you’re on vacation” kinda deal, but I kinda fell in love with iced coffees!
Are there any cultural norms/phrases in your new country which you cannot stand?
The Greeks are infamous for their time keeping. As in, they do not keep time. I can’t stand being late for something myself and think it’s common decency to just show up early to every appointment. But the Greeks do not own clocks, apparently.
What do you enjoy most doing in your new country?
Going to the beach on a sunny Saturday, definetly. Enjoy that perfect sea, have some nice drinks, dance in the water, swim for a bit, enjoy the best company & hopefully carry on deep into the night in one of Athens’ lovely beach clubs!
Do you think you will ever move home for good?
I really can’t say. I miss my family like crazy, but I hate The Netherlands as a country. I love Greece, but I don’t know if I’ll stay here forever. Only time will tell.