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!