Dutched Up!: Rocking the Clogs Expat Style Kindle Edition
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About the Author
- ASIN : B00PFVFE28
- Publication date : November 9, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 1575 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 232 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #510,487 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
Top reviews from the United States
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A collection of essays by expat bloggers in The Netherlands opened my eyes to how tall the Dutch are, how complicated their language is, how blunt their words are, how they steal bikes left and right, how their doctors don't really want to see you, and how stress and worry free they are when it comes to their kids.
The book also showed me the realities of expats in a country that is totally alien from their own. I loved the diverse voices and how so many different countries were represented. I even enjoyed guessing what country the blogger came from based on how they wrote - the Americans and British have a distinct way of writing and I don't just mean how differently they spell their words from each other.
Now I definitely want to visit this country! And I feel my horizons have definitely broadened after reading this collection!
I only gave it a 4 because not all essays were as good as the others, but most were very interesting!
Because of this the book is very entertaining, thoughtful and perfectly highlights the ups and downs of how unpredictable life can be as an expat in an unfamiliar country (especially one as crazy as the Netherlands). There are stories that will make you laugh out loud (as the authors share their experiences of hilarious language mix ups, cultural confusion and bizarre interactions with the Dutch) and stories that will resonate with anyone who has ever found themselves questioning their decision to move their entire life to another country.
Even as someone who has lived in The Netherlands for fifteen years I discovered new aspects of expat life that I had not yet experienced myself (and I don’t just mean the chapter on giving birth in The Netherlands). I found myself both nodding at familiar stories and having tiny ‘oh yeah’ moments when something I had not realized before suddenly clicked while reading others.
It was a very entertaining read and I can highly recommend it. I could tell you about parts that made me laugh the most but that would be spoiling it, so go, buy the book and read for yourself.
Top reviews from other countries
I am also a little bit jealous. I have moved to several different countries as an expat, and about to move again, but have never had such a useful reference book to help me find my feet. This would be an excellent gift for anyone about to make the leap into expat life in the Netherlands.