Cultural Differences Between Countries: UK vs NL

Considering cultural differences: me looking out over Sheffield (photo by Lauren)

Since I moved to the UK 2.5 years ago I have observed many cultural differences between my home country and the British land. The funny thing about these differences is that they’re not that apparent to tourists or others outside the UK. It wasn’t until I became part of British society myself that I started noticing the peculiarities – the things that are truly British, but that you will never find explained in a textbook. These differences all seem quite random, but they have actually taught me a lot: not just about British culture, but about my own culture too. Continue reading

Then vs Now: Three Years After Moving Abroad

Three years ago when I announced my move abroad.

Roughly three years ago* I announced I would be moving abroad. I got accepted into The University of Sheffield for a master’s, and this was the direct reason for me to pack my bags. Fast-forward to 2019 and I am packing my bags again: this time for a one-way trip back to my home country. But before I leave, I want to share my experiences of living abroad with you.

ps. this blog post includes an incredibly embarrassing video from three years back, when I announced my plans and reasons for moving abroad. An excellent opportunity to laugh at 20-year-old Laura.

*really, it’s 2.5, but let’s for the sake of it say three because it sounds better. Continue reading