I would like to share an interview-style meme with you all, asking for you to share as well you impressions of before and after as an expat in the Netherlands or wherever you are or have been an expat in your life. Below I've created a series of questions, which I have filled in with my own answers, but I invite you to copy the questions and share your answers on your own blog. I would love if you share with me in the comments here after this blog post if you also have chosen to do so on your blog because I'd love to read your responses. If you don't live in the Netherlands but are living abroad, you are more than welcome to also do this meme. Just change the Netherlands to your host country's name. And I must note to everyone: on any of these questions, if you don't have an idea of what to say in response or don't wish to answer, just simply skip the question.
- Before you knew you'd be coming to the Netherlands, for whatever reason you originally came to the Netherlands, truthfully how much did you know about the country? Very early in my childhood in America, I made a friend who would bring dropjes to school. Her strange candies caused me to become curious about the Netherlands, so I searched to see where it was located on a map. There were other ways to learn about the Netherlands too through books, and I knew about Amsterdam, but I had no idea The Hague [Den Haag] was a part of the Netherlands until at least a decade later while watching the international news.
- Did you learn about the Netherlands in school when you were growing up? Not that I am aware of, outside of what I learned due to my childhood friend. Maybe I was vaguely taught by teachers and I definitely learned some through books, but most likely only about Amsterdam being the capital city of the Netherlands...
Insego - Expats & Internationally-Minded People.