Moving to the Netherlands was probably one of the best decisions I have ever made. I was only 21 when I took the leap and moved to another country, by myself. I will say it: it was a bit terrifying, I almost cried at the airport. Ok, I cried and I almost fainted :).

Amsterdam was the furthest place from home I have ever been to. When I first touched the Dutch land there was an instant connection between us. I loved the houses’ architecture, I loved the cozy bars and pubs and mostly, I loved the bikes. I loved so much the bikes that on my second day in Amsterdam I went to second hand bike shop and I bought my very own Gazelle bike. What can be more Dutch than a Gazelle bike?

I was so excited to discover the city that I biked for hours in between the gorgeous houses until I realized I was lost and all the streets look almost the same. Then it was the moment when I realized that everybody speaks English and is kind enough to help me get home.

Moving to Amsterdam taught me a lot of things. It taught me about the cultural differences, it taught me that I can do anything by myself, it taught me to bike like a crazy person through tough wind, not caring about the traffic and road signs.

However, the most important thing I have discovered about myself in Amsterdam was my desire to discover new places and learn local customs. It was then that I realized that in order to be happy, I need to travel the world and experience all this earth has to offer me.

Sometimes the toughest decisions lead to the best discoveries. 

May the travel bug bite you!

5 thoughts on “Why the Netherlands will always have a place in my heart”

  1. Ah I love how you love Amsterdam! It’s nice to read someone from another country talk about her experience in my home country 🙂 Having moved to a different country twice, I so know what you mean about learning how you can do anything by yourself and how it learns you a lot about yourself. Nice post!

  2. It so fitting that this was the first post I read today as we recently planned to move to Amsterdam some day in the near future! I’m so happy you liked it!
    I’m totally in love with your Disneyland picture as well!

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