Why did I fall in love with the Netherlands?

Updated: Mar 14, 2021

Hello everybody! My name is Mihaela, I am a second-year student in Vlissingen. Today I would like to tell you more about the most amazing aspects of studying in the Netherlands. Personally, I find traveling opportunities and nightlife events the most exciting aspects and I would love to tell you about my experience. So, let’s get started!

Being an international student in the heart of Europe – such a wonderful dream!

The Netherlands is a small country with big traveling opportunities! If I wasn’t a student in the Netherlands, I would never visit some of the most magnificent places that I have ever seen. I visited many cities, but the best trip that I have ever had was to Belgium. I fell in love with Brugge. The memory of this incredible ancient city will always warm my heart. Brugge is another world. It’s a dream and I would never visit it if I wasn’t a student here. This is what I love about the Netherlands – you can go almost everywhere easily and there are many countries that you can visit - Germany, Belgium, France, Luxemburg, Denmark are the nearest. Traveling with friends across Europe while being young and wild – can you dream of more?

The nightlife in the Netherlands – the best nights ever!

As a fan of electronic music, the Netherlands is one of the best places to spend my student years. This is the home country of some of the most popular DJs in the world. I am glad that before the pandemic I managed to go to several events in Amsterdam and Rotterdam and to attend live performances of Martin Garrix, Tiësto, and (my favourite one) Boris Brejcha. In Bulgaria, we don’t have big events and concerts so frequently, so I was fascinated by the opportunities that this country offers. So, if you love crazy techno events, going to parties full of people from all over the world, or just want to see your favourite artists, I highly recommend considering the Netherlands as a destination!

Bonus: Dutch people are pretty cool!

Before going to study in the Netherlands I was told many times that Dutch people are much more different than Bulgarians, that they will not treat me well and I will always be a foreigner. Well, this is not true! One of my best friends is a nice Dutch girl from my university. No matter what happens we always stay in touch, share and support each other. All of her friends respect me, treat me well and try to speak English as much as possible even if I am the only non-Dutch person in the group. I have seen mostly great Dutch people, who were willing to help me.

Also, I met a Dutch girl on an exchange 7 years ago and I am proud to say that after all these years we managed to stay in touch, share our stories and see each other. Additionally, I have been working with Dutch people both at the university and at the workplace. I have seen a lot and I am happy to say that there was never any underestimation. My employers and colleagues treated me very well and took care of me. I felt appreciated and I loved working there.

So, to sum up – Dutch people are great and it totally worth it having Dutch friends!

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