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Re: The Netherlands

Post by Martijn » Fri Aug 22, 2008 9:47 am

RITH wrote:Martijn, do you ever come back to the Netherlands during the year, or are you staying away as much as possible?
I moved here in September 2006 and have been back for one six day period since. There are some old friends I'd like to see, but flights aren't very cheap and holidays aren't endless. But I think the main reason for not going back that often is that it upsets me. Not because my family members are evil beings, or that there are some undigested youth traums lingering; just because I'm me. But then, I almost find 'weekend' a upsetting disturbance of 'week'...

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Re: The Netherlands

Post by massivewinner » Mon Dec 22, 2008 8:09 pm

the netherlands is my favourite country in europe and i could move there tomorrow if i knew ANY dutch. i would really like to live there at some point. been to amsterdam twice and fell in love with it but also spent time in utrecht and den haag. utrecht was pretty. i love the country's architecture, the way people seem to live, the atmosphere.... i don't know, i know i've only skimmed the surface and being a tourist in a country isn't the same as living there, but i definitely miss being there!

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Re: The Netherlands

Post by RITH » Tue Dec 23, 2008 2:15 pm

massivewinner wrote:the netherlands is my favourite country in europe and i could move there tomorrow if i knew ANY dutch.
In a city like Amsterdam knowing Dutch isn't even really necessary for getting around. I've been trying to have my girlfriend get used to my language, but everywhere we go you hear people speak English. It's not very helpful!

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Re: The Netherlands

Post by massivewinner » Wed Dec 24, 2008 3:38 pm

RITH wrote:
massivewinner wrote:the netherlands is my favourite country in europe and i could move there tomorrow if i knew ANY dutch.
In a city like Amsterdam knowing Dutch isn't even really necessary for getting around. I've been trying to have my girlfriend get used to my language, but everywhere we go you hear people speak English. It's not very helpful!
yeah its not necessary for getting around at all, but i think if i was going to live there, i'd at least need a smattering :)

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Re: The Netherlands

Post by Martijn » Sat Dec 27, 2008 5:12 pm

I think you can easily live in the country for years without speaking the language. The Dutch have a slightly annoying habit of replying in English, even if you've made it clear that you want to learn Dutch, even if their English is terrible.

I wonder if people who love the Netherlands and then move there feel disappointed after a while. I'm not saying they should be, but I have been told (and I believe) that many anglophiles find living in England a bit disappointing.

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Re: The Netherlands

Post by DimitraDaisy » Sat Dec 27, 2008 7:33 pm

Martijn wrote:I wonder if people who love the Netherlands and then move there feel disappointed after a while. I'm not saying they should be, but I have been told (and I believe) that many anglophiles find living in England a bit disappointing.
But did you?
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Re: The Netherlands

Post by crystalball » Sun Dec 28, 2008 12:05 am

I'm sure it's easy to eventually feel disappointed with life in a country that you thought was amazing but that's probably more because everyday life anywhere can be a bit shit and less to do with the country itself. I don't think I could ever be disappointed with Dutch pancakes though. They're huge!

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Re: The Netherlands

Post by susanb » Wed Dec 31, 2008 4:17 pm

Martijn wrote:I think you can easily live in the country for years without speaking the language. The Dutch have a slightly annoying habit of replying in English, even if you've made it clear that you want to learn Dutch, even if their English is terrible.
That happened to me all the time when I lived in the Netherlands. It meant that when I left I could understand Dutch pretty well but my conversational skills were awful. One of my Dutch friends is coming to visit me next month so hopefully I'll get to refresh my Dutch a bit then.

I think I'm going to have a look at a long weekend in the Netherlands sometime soon but I can't decide where exactly I want to go yet. Mmm, Dutch pancakes are amazing!
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Re: The Netherlands

Post by scoobydom » Thu Feb 05, 2009 8:22 pm

There is a Dutch indiepop festival this weekend, in Gouda... I know this for we are playing... looks like this...

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Anyone going?

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Re: The Netherlands

Post by RITH » Fri Feb 06, 2009 6:18 am

I'm supposed to go the Friday (tonight). I'm a bit sick though, so I'll see tonight if I'm fit for making the trip to Gouda. It's not every week (or year...) we have a festival like that in the Netherlands!

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Re: The Netherlands

Post by Martijn » Mon Feb 09, 2009 4:36 pm

Did you go Dennis? It still sounds kind of surreal to me, an indiepop pop fest in the Netherlands. I'm really curious if many people came. And what kind of people came. Last time I checked, Gouda wasn't exactly overflowing with indiepoppers.

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Re: The Netherlands

Post by RITH » Mon Feb 09, 2009 4:56 pm

Martijn wrote:Did you go Dennis? It still sounds kind of surreal to me, an indiepop pop fest in the Netherlands. I'm really curious if many people came. And what kind of people came. Last time I checked, Gouda wasn't exactly overflowing with indiepoppers.
I was sick. And still am. I missed both this AND the Vivian Girls yesterday, in Amsterdam. I can't believe it. I was one big ball of snot and sneezing Friday night, so I didn't want to ruin it for the others. I'm curious too though who was there. Although not all bands would have been my pick it was a nice effort, and I hope it's the start of more to come.

I'm also free from work because I'm sick, so that makes up for it. A bit.

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Re: The Netherlands

Post by Martijn » Mon Feb 09, 2009 5:01 pm

Almere Goes Pop!? :)

(Actually, for such a clubnight you should have moved to Goes!)

Get well soon!

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Re: The Netherlands

Post by DimitraDaisy » Mon Feb 09, 2009 5:08 pm

Martijn wrote:(Actually, for such a clubnight you should have moved to Goes!)
Is there a town called Goes?
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Re: The Netherlands

Post by Martijn » Mon Feb 09, 2009 5:14 pm

Yes (includes pronunciation link, which shows it's much more funny when written).

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Re: The Netherlands

Post by DimitraDaisy » Mon Feb 09, 2009 5:15 pm

Martijn wrote:Yes (includes pronunciation link, which shows it's much more funny when written).
Nah, it's quite funny anyway. It sounds like someone sneezing!
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Re: The Netherlands

Post by lapjeskat » Tue Feb 10, 2009 2:34 pm

Martijn wrote:Almere Goes Pop!? :)

(Actually, for such a clubnight you should have moved to Goes!)

Get well soon!
Are you kiddin' me? I moved away from Zeeland thinking it was more likely something like that would happen in Amsterdam, but I did live on the wrong island, where nothing ever happened...ever. Except Bløf playing the abbey square..again..yawn.
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Re: The Netherlands

Post by Martijn » Fri Feb 13, 2009 11:23 am

Hehe, what island did you live on? Schouwen? Two islands to the north not much happened either, but at least there are The Cuties. I don't think Goes really Goes Pop, by the way. :)

Here (in Dutch) a review of that Twee Pop Fest, by the way. It doesn't say very much...

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Re: The Netherlands

Post by lapjeskat » Sun Feb 15, 2009 12:58 pm

Martijn wrote:Hehe, what island did you live on? Schouwen? Two islands to the north not much happened either, but at least there are The Cuties. I don't think Goes really Goes Pop, by the way. :)
Hmm well no, not quite that bad..Walcheren, which is supposed to be "where it all happens" isn't it? It isn't, though.
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Re: The Netherlands

Post by bonjour_tristesse » Wed Feb 18, 2009 12:20 pm

I am visiting Amsterdam end of April, yay. Any recommendations for a very short trip? I think i'll be going to the Van Gogh exhibition (starry starry night), am spending the first night there on my own then meeting a friend on the 2nd night, so any tips for evening pursuits welcome (note i am a girl and want to stay away from red light district!). Might hire a bike and cycle around a bit one day too.

ps is the Cat Museum worth a visit?! The posters they sell there look pretty!

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