Why I Love Dwelling In Europe and What I Miss About Residence
Loving the Dutch Life
My companion and I just lately moved to the Netherlands. We find it irresistible. We someway managed to immigrate in the course of the covid pandemic. After a number of assessments and canceled flights we safely landed within the Netherlands firstly of February.
It isn’t the identical after all. There are a variety of issues we can’t do.
We moved right here to pursue Masters levels in subjects we’re each concerned about. We deliberate for 2 years to maneuver to Europe to work and examine. And though covid delayed our plans, by virtually a yr, we managed to make it and quiet down in Tilburg.
We’re joyful right here.
There are a lot of superb issues about dwelling in Europe. We haven’t been right here lengthy however we’re loving it so far.
Even within the midst of a pandemic, I really feel safer right here than I did in South Africa. South Africans stay with a variety of restrictions. When our President introduced a Lockdown, there have been no main protests throughout the complete three-month interval. Our lockdown was extreme. We couldn’t purchase alcohol for some time and we couldn’t depart our houses to train, solely to purchase necessities groceries. Everybody stayed dwelling and everybody (principally) accepted one other restriction on their private freedoms. Curfew was imposed and nobody appeared to essentially thoughts.
Pre-covid restrictions in South Africa weren’t imposed by the regulation however the lack of it. The dearth of correct regulation enforcement means the streets should not secure to wander at night time. Even in the course of the day, early morning or afternoon, crime can occur anyplace at any time.
I’ve been held up at gunpoint twice in South Africa. My dwelling was damaged into a number of occasions. Crime is part of life all South Africans be taught to stay with.
However right here, within the Netherlands, crime is non-existent. It is superb. We’ve got extra freedom even with covid restrictions! We are able to stroll exterior at night time freely and with out a care on the earth. We are able to wander the streets and go down any alleyway we select. We are able to depart our door unlocked in the course of the day. We are able to take our cellphones out on a run, or bike journey.
We’ve got a lot freedom right here. Freedom from nervousness and the stress of fixed vigilance. I typically comment to my companion, whereas out on a night stroll,
“Are we walking outside? This is amazing. I can’t believe we can do this!”
I don’t wish to bash South Africa, I find it irresistible dearly and should in the future return however South Africa just isn’t a rustic that’s well-run or can present all of its residents with the mandatory fundamental providers.
Poverty abounds in South Africa. It is heartbreaking and onerous to see. Electrical energy and water cuts are widespread. We’ve got lived within the Netherlands for 2 months with out one energy or water lower. I remarked to my companion, how unusual that felt.
The streets are clear, the bike paths are properly maintained, every part seems to be so clear and picture-perfect. After we first arrived and moved into our house block I assumed we have been transferring right into a film set, it seemed so clear, pristine, and unreal. It seemed pretend and I couldn’t consider we have been going to stay in such a spot.
The lady who registered us on the municipality was heat, welcoming, and pleasant. She spoke excellent English and was pleasant the complete time. The complete 5 minutes. Out and in and we have been registered with the municipality and supplied with our social safety numbers immediately. I couldn’t consider that coping with a authorities division could possibly be so painless and fast.
The Dutch are born biking. Everybody cycles. It is fantastic. We are able to cycle the complete nation. We are able to cycle to the following city and have espresso and cycle again multi functional morning. We are able to cycle to the grocery retailer, to College, and in all places.
This tiny nation is constructed for cyclists. My companion and I like to cycle. In South Africa, we primarily did mountain biking and we by no means used our bikes to commute. There aren’t any designated bike paths and biking on the street just isn’t secure as a result of excessive chance of being run over.
However within the Netherlands, it is the most secure place on the earth to cycle. We cycle day-after-day. It is one of the best ways to get round and one of the best ways to see a brand new place.
Nowhere is ideal and whereas I really like dwelling right here there are issues I miss about dwelling.
I miss the mountains and breathtaking wonders of South Africa. It is a flat nation, there aren’t any mountains. No valleys and no glowing blue seashores. Whereas the Netherlands is fairly in different methods, the previous buildings and canals are picturesque, I miss the fantastic pure magnificence that’s South Africa. I’m but to search out pure magnificence that compares.
I miss my family and friends after all. I miss the individuals I grew up with and seeing acquainted faces every day.
And meals. I miss the superb meals choices we had in South Africa. Dutch meals is okay. It isn’t horrible. And it is also costly.
Recent fruit and greens are rattling costly. I miss all of the fantastic fruit we used to purchase in South Africa. The fruit we purchased didn’t break the financial institution. Vegetarian choices are additionally not nice right here.
We’ve got solely ordered takeaways twice, each occasions they have been costly and likewise not the tastiest. We have been spoiled for alternative in South Africa. We used to order Greek, superb vegetable wraps, scrumptious seafood, sushi, and probably the most superb cheese platters, all of which have been so reasonably priced and scrumptious.
South Africa is an incredible nation with unbelievable magnificence. However it’s not a first-world nation. It has a variety of issues like systemic corruption, poor service supply, crime, notably crimes in opposition to ladies and kids, and cargo shedding (the electrical energy goes down when the load is simply too heavy- so common energy cuts are widespread).
And but it is dwelling and can at all times be.
For now, we stay within the Netherlands and we find it irresistible.