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So you’re moving to Holland?
Can you speak Dutch?
Have you ever been there?
Do you know anyone?
Can you ride a bike?
You’d think that answering ‘no’ to all of the above might have put me off.
When I first came to The Netherlands all these things were beyond my experience.
I’d been to the country once. For a day.
a few, a lot, loads of , several, years.
That’s me in the front.
Yes, I know, it’s not a BIcycle!
The first three aspects of unfamiliarity were a simple sustained effort to change.
Spend time put in an effort gradually improve.
After a few years here I managed to do this:
…get married in a Dutch ceremony in the town hall. (To a scot who speaks Dutch too.)
Challenge number four was a lot harder. I did try.
But I finally concluded that it was wiser to find another solution.
My three wheels are perfect for me. And cycling in The Netherlands is as great as you’ve heard, especially in the spring.
It’ll be here soon. I can’t wait.
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a blog by a multilingual lifelong expat/international, linguist, researcher, speaker, mother of three, living in the Netherlands and writing about raising children with multiple languages, multiculturalism, parenting abroad, international life...