What people are saying about the book

Shelley Antscherl via Expat Arrivals:

Ready, Steady, Go Dutch, is the handbook that EVERY expat, trailing spouse, and immigrant to the Netherlands should be issued with when they find out they’re moving there. Any idea what a Burger Service Nummer is? Nope. Me neither – not until I tried to open a bank account. That’s when I discovered that being a fellow EU member counted for pretty much nothing when moving to the Netherlands. And who or what is the Gemeente? Another tongue-twister and dull building you’ll soon become very well acquainted with; whether you like it or not.
What any expat really needs is the benefit of someone else’s experience to prepare them for what lies ahead, and that’s exactly what Ready, Steady, Go Dutch will do. This is a compilation of practical anecdotes from people of various nationalities, who have all blazed the trail before you, and it’s refreshingly honest.

Did you also like your copy of Ready, Steady, Go Dutch? Please do share your comments below.

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4 thoughts on “What people are saying about the book

  1. I get pleasure from, cause I found just what I was having a look for.
    You’ve ended my 4 day lengthy hunt! God Bless you man. Have
    a great day. Bye

  2. Personally, I loved reading this book, hearing about a wide range of experiences from the various contributors’ points-of-view. I so wish it had been available when I moved here all those years ago, it would have prepared me enormously for and consoled me greatly, throughout the various struggles of acclimatizing in my new home country.

    Definitely a book worth purchasing or gifting to anyone intending on moving to this sometimes strange, yet truly wonderful country!
    And I’m not just saying this as one of the many contributors, but as an expat who is still grateful for the choice I made all those years ago!
    Get Ready, Steady….and Go Dutch! You won’t regret it!

  3. Everyone’s experiences are subjective and will vary widely. It’s always important to do your homework/groundwork before making a moving to a new country. The biggest nugget of information in here is that it isn’t a cake-walk – there really are bureaucratic procedures in almost all dealings with the gemeente. My husband, who is Nederland born & raised, had my documents checked thrice through his contact to be sure everything was all in order. I am grateful to have been offered the ‘Inburgering Cursus’. The personal experience of that alone is head-scratching, interesting and laughable!

    Some of my contributions were selected for this book. I was excited to be able to preview of the finished product!!! I thought it was an informative & amusing read – thinking of all the things I’ve encountered since living here.

  4. As someone who has been through/currently undergoing the ‘expat’ experience, I couldn’t put the book down and in two sittings had completed it. I laughed my way through many of the comments, having had similar experiences, as well as the juxtaposition of some seemingly opposite comments “Nation of queue-ers, love queuing…” followed by “Queue jumping is a national sport.” Whilst some opinions were a bit alien to me, they will be stored for future reference; I am a city boy and haven’t necessarily experienced life outside of the main cities. Some people appear to have had quite bad experiences at IND, Gemeentes etc. but I think we are a little spoiled in The Hague.

    It was good to be able to hear the individuals’ voices but at the same time they are presented in such a way that ties the whole book together! A great starting point and reference for those currently undertaking, or thinking of starting, a new life in the Netherlands!

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