Expat Voices: Jose Gomez on life in the Netherlands

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Spanish expat Jose finds the Netherlands "easygoing" but misses the sun here--even more than all his stolen bikes!

Name: Jose Gomez
Nationality: Spanish
City of residence: Amsterdam
Date of birth: 19 October 1978
Civil status: Single
Occupation: European supply planner
Reason for moving to the Netherlands: Work
Lived in the Netherlands for: 3.5 years

What was your first impression of the Netherlands?
It’s a nice place to hang around.

What do you think of the food?
It is ok, if you cook it yourself! :o)

Vegetables, fruit and meat, if you buy them in the supermarket, are of poor quality.

What do you think of the shopping in the Netherlands?
Nothing special. But it's a good idea to have the Thursday night shopping

What do you appreciate about living in the Netherlands?
That it is a quiet, easygoing, summer-style place in the north of Europe. And it's easy to go anywhere with your bike.

What do you find most frustrating about living in the Netherlands?
I think companies’ customer service is not good.

What puzzles you about the Netherlands and what do you miss since you’ve moved here?
I miss the sun. Nothing puzzles me anymore. :o)

How does the quality of life in the Netherlands compare to the quality of life in other countries that you’ve lived in?
I think the quality of life is very good: professionally it is a good place to develop; everything is easily reachable. Life is good in the Netherlands!

Surfer Jose at the beach
Surfer Jose at the beach © J. Gomez

If you could change anything about the Netherlands, what would it be?
The rain and the clouds.

What advice would you give to a newcomer?
Lock up your bike well!


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2 Comments To This Article

  • DoeMaar posted:

    on 6th August 2009, 12:37:11 - Reply

    Btw, for anybody who does this 'Expat Voices' prepared to be solicited. I just got a call from WorldWideBroker at my work due to some detective work done on the net. NOT COOL.
  • nadia1 posted:

    on 29th July 2009, 15:32:25 - Reply

    Hola Jose,

    Aquí otra española (Canarias) que lleva 3,5 años por holanda (Rotterdam)y también echando mucho de menos el sol.... Si piensas quedarte una temporada, pordríamos conocernos. La verdad es que no conzco a muchos españoles!