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Celebrating Dutch Queen’s Day in Beijing


Queen’s Day is a the most important national holiday in the Netherlands where the whole country turns orange and everybody is celebrating “being Dutch”. And even here in Beijing Queen’s Day is a big thing! Yesterday the Dutch Association of Beijing organized a big party for the Dutch community and as a good imported Dutchie I was in on it! Plenty of Dutch snacks (you either love or hate them), Heineken beer, Dutch music (for the true Dutch among us: André Hazes’ look-alike was the surprise guest of the evening) and hundreds of Dutch expats (and partners) enjoying themselves and keeping up traditions many … Continue reading

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10 differences between China and Europe – Observations from a freshly-baked Expat


After my last blogpost Welcome to Beijing I received the question if I didn’t have a culture shock when moving to China. I thought about it and I wouldn’t say I had a real culture shock…I guess it’s because I expected it to be so different. And of course, there are many differences, like there always are when you go to a new country, but that’s probably why traveling/moving is so exciting. I realize though that everybody has a special picture about China, so do/did I. To give you a better idea of how life looks like here I put together a list with … Continue reading

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Welcome to Beijing

The Forbidden City

Can’t believe that it’s already 7 weeks ago that we arrived in Beijing! Time flies when you are moving to a new country! Everything is new, exciting, interesting. And yet Beijing already feels somehow home. We found a nice place to live, settled in successfully, met some great people, tasted some delicious food, checked out some cool places etc. In short, we had a smooth landing and are still enjoying the adventures of “discovering” things. It’s weird, because somehow Beijing is somehow so different from everything else I know and somehow so similar. I never expected it to be so … Continue reading

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Amazing beach in New Zealand

Can’t believe our adventure finally started! We are on our way to our new home, Beijing, with a beautiful stop over of 16 days in New Zealand. Months of preparation, filling in endless forms for our visa application, cancelling of contracts, packing etc. and now we are on our way!! And where could we recover and recharge our batteries from all the past stress and prepare for our new adventure better than in amazing New Zealand where everybody makes you feel so welcome and home, where nature is so magnificent and where the only disadvantage seems to be the long … Continue reading

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