Living in Holland (The Netherlands) as developer
An adventure in The Netherlands is something a lot of people around the world are dreaming of. Anytime you hear the words “The Netherlands”, what crosses through your mind? When I first heard the words “The Netherlands”, I had no idea what the words meant. Not knowing that it was a country.
Was it because I did not had knowledge about geography or was it because I was too busy with coding and programming in my room? I don’t think so because my geographical knowledge was quite updated and though I liked being alone programming, I was still a social guy who loved interacting with others. What was then my reason of not knowing what the words “The Netherlands” was?
The words “The Netherlands” never came across my dictionary. I knew about a country called Holland and a place called Amsterdam, but The Netherlands? I knew nothing about that. It was after I started processing my visa to Holland that I discovered that The Netherlands is the “true” name of the country.
I moved in the year 2008 from South America to the Netherlands in the hope of realizing my Holland dream as a PHP / C++ programmer. Having being used to the tropical weather and a collaborative / family culture, it was a bit tough in the beginning getting used to the “western” individualistic culture and cold weather.
All the same, my adventure began in 2008 in this beautiful and fascinating country called the Netherlands. The Netherlands has a lot to offer to me as a developer. After relocating to the Netherlands, I was employed in no time and I had a stability in my finance and housing situation. I have come to love the “Dutch” culture, the “Dutch” people, the “Dutch” mentality and off course the “Dutch” food. Nowhere in the world you can get a “krokett” than in the Netherlands.
Last and not the least, The Netherlands has proven itself to be a wonderful place to leave in. As a software developer, I would advise you to see the opportunity in the Netherlands and give it a try.
As the Dutch people say “Wie de schoen past, trekke hem aan” meaning “He whom the shoe fits, should put it on”