Most people think of chocolate when they think of Belgium, and for good reason. Belgium hosts some of the greatest artisan chocolate makers on earth. Non-chocolate lovers would tell you to visit Belgium for the beer, while others might say to skip it entirely; Bruges was recently voted the most boring city in Europe.
Holland has a reputation – mostly down to Amsterdam – for being more exciting and racy than Belgium, but in truth they share many of the same characteristics that makes moving to Holland open to similar considerations as moving to Belgium.
Both countries have a friendly but reserved local population. Before moving to Belgium, do not expect that you will immediately fall into a group of great friends. It will take time to meet people and from there it will take time to become a friend and not just an acquaintance. Learning the very basics of the working languages of Belgium and Holland before moving to Belgium or moving to Holland, will help to ease your way into these friendships. Being able to speak a little of the local language will also make it easier and more enjoyable for you to do everyday basic things such as food shopping and going out for a drink.
Both Belgium and Holland benefit from great food and drink – everything from chocolate to beer to Dutch cheeses. In the cosmopolitan capital cities of both Belgium and Holland you will find a wide range of cuisine from many countries.
Art and culture are two other reasons for moving to Belgium and Holland. Visiting museums and galleries are a great way of getting to know the area, and also give you something to discuss with your potential friends.
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