Picture: Google images. Although I wish it was mine but my hair is not that long unfortunately.
Now I am finally a bit used to the idea of me living in England, I can say that it is ‘okay’.
I personally thought there wouldn’t be a lot of differences between England and the Netherlands, but I guess you notice every small thing that is different to what you’re used to.
Believe me, it’s more than just the language, money, driving on the other side and the breakfast. (which is not that good actually, I only like the hash browns)
For example, it’s so weird walking in school here and feeling like you’ve stepped into the real life version of ‘Mean Girls’. Is it in every school like that? Or was that also in the Netherlands and did I just not notice it? Maybe I just hoped too much for a real life ‘High School Musical’. Anyway, the school system over here is much better. You don’t get drowned in all the homework they give you and you’ve got enough time in the lessons to complete most of your work. I’m in sixth form now so I got to choose a few subjects that I wanted to do this year. I chose business, business and marketing and product fashion design textiles. I love fashion design! I hope to do something with fashion as my career in the future. I could also chose something like photography, dance, media, art etc. I think it’s such a good thing to let students not only work on things like mathematics but work on their creativity as well.
School is only the first thing that’s different, there are so many!
The houses look so much better in the Netherlands. I think the houses over here can look pretty good if only the people took good care of it. I also miss seeing the name plates next to the door bell. I’m so used to seeing them on every house.
I miss the Dutch ‘snackbar’ a lot. I should open one myself because the chips are not nice in England at all. (I’m so sorry, I do like the fish though)
Shopping is of course different as there are different shops, but I really like the shops over here! My mum and I are still comparing every shop to a similar Dutch one but I prefer shopping in England.
I also love the idea of celebrating Halloween! I went back to the Netherlands this year when everyone here was celebrating Halloween, but I really wanted to experience that!
I think it’s so cool, everyone all dressed up!
The Dutch X Factor is nothing compared to this one! I love watching X factor here! (I don’t know a lot of other shows to watch here) The judges are so funny and they really make it something special with performances of other famous artists.
I am going to miss ‘Sinterklaas’, a special day in the Netherlands on the 5th of December. Luckily, we are still going to celebrate it with our family!
These are by far not the only differences but I think there are too many to write.
As I’m still the new girl here, I just have to get used to all those different things, even the small ones. Besides that, it’s going okay.
I made some friends in my school, a group of all lovely girls and I’m very thankful for them and that they didn’t leave me on my own. My English is getting better but I still listen more than I speak. Sometimes I’m still afraid of if I’m saying things correctly but then I just have to remind myself: ”Your English is better than their Dutch”.
I also got a job over here, yay! I really need to start saving money but I’m not really good at that, and I hope I’m not the only one! Maybe I want to start dancing again, but I am not sure yet. I think focusing on school and a job is enough to do for now.
The hardest part of moving to another country is knowing what you leave behind. Knowing that nothing will be the same anymore. I miss a lot of people from the Netherlands everyday. I just wanted to say to all of you, I love you and I miss you. ❤︎