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Katie
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Do you connect with another country more than your own? I've been living abroad for over a year now. I'm originally from the United States but now I live in the Netherlands. I'm asking this question because I feel as though I am meant to be in the Netherlands. My ideals line up with theirs and the lifestyle is everything I could ever want. Does anyone else feel as though they connect more with another country than their own? You don't have to live there. Maybe once you started learning about their history or language you felt a strong connection :) 
Aug 13, 2016 7:02 PM
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You live in netherland and board!! 

I live in hell and feel realy board specilly today i want to walk :( and breath sea air 

dear you can go out and walking or find a bar with good music or sit in caffe and read a book 

August 13, 2016

Simone, I just love their ideas about taking care of everyone, their biking lifestyle and relaxed nature in terms of work. For instance, most jobs (retail and otherwise) close at 6pm except for Thursdays when retail stores are open until 8. That way people can be with their families. Most everyone has at least 20+ days paid off work and insurance is mandatory. It's just such a change to me from the United States. My family never had vacations because we just couldn't afford it. My parents couldn't take a week off nor could we pay to stay somewhere else for a whole week. 

My ancestors aren't Dutch but my boyfriend is Dutch. I'm around his family often and I'm introduced to new Dutch traditions. 

I had a friend whose parents were from India and she was a first-generation American. They had her go to high school in India so she could connect more with her roots. They thought she was becoming too American. I do love people connecting with their roots. I think it's important that people at least recognize where they came from and appreciate it. 

August 13, 2016

What are the Dutch ideals that line up with yours?

Are your ancestors Dutch?

I feel very little connection to the USA, although I am a proud New Yorker.  My family is from the Caribbean (Jamaica and Cuba) and I was raised to believe that I am not an American. My grandmother often told us that we were "just born here" to remind us who we were.

A few years ago I was able to visit the Netherlands very briefly and enjoyed it. I am not surprised that you enjoy living there.

August 13, 2016
That's depends on your activities, you can make is  your own country were you live, find new friends surround you most of time!
August 13, 2016
Katie
Language Skills
English, Russian
Learning Language
Russian