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Reality Bites

New country – new tasty explorations! The palette is a fickle thing, but few daily thrills compare to good food. Wherever you’re off to is bound to have a unique menu of oddities for your delicious judgement (except the USA, where everything is just… bigger!), and that are likely to be served in some eccentric restaurants!

Relocating to France
Snails! Ew! Has there ever been a different exclamation from a British person? Helix snails are perhaps the preferred snail in most French cuisine. The best snails are between three and four years old. In answer to any issues with their… digestive parts, the snails are strictly fasted for about two weeks before becoming your dinner to ensure all their tubes are clear of… you know!

Relocating to Belgium
You know about the fabulous chocolate of course. But Belgian restaurant concepts are fantastic and include “Dinner in the Sky” (eat whilst suspended with your table in the air!), a number of converted old planes, and the eccentric “’t Velootje” bar (the seats are all bicycles!)

Relocating to Switzerland
Swiss cuisine is influenced by its neighbours; it presents an eclectic old mix. As for restaurants, “Blinde Kuh” is basically Blind Man’s Bluff… but when eating. Dine in pitch darkness, in the care of experienced (usually blind) staff.

Relocating to Germany
Well they certainly love their themed restaurants in Germany! “Bollesje” (prisons theme), “Knoblauchrestaurant” (everything is made with garlic!), and I’m sure you can guess what the decoration theme is at “Klo” when that name is translated into English… “Loo”

Don’t Let the Door Hit You on the Way Out!

Relocating to Belgium? Moving to France? Wherever you’re off to, in all the frantic hubbub of the move, it can be difficult to hear the feeble whispers of those UK loose ends over the excited rambunctiousness of relocating somewhere fantastic!

Whether you intend to return to the UK or not, it simply makes sense to get your affairs in order before you leave.

Practicalities

Utilities – Your utility providers need to know the residential state of your home (if you have one) whether you rent it out, leave it empty, or have a friend/relative living in it rent-free. Furthermore, your mortgage provider needs to be kept in the loop too.

Health – Doctors and dentists are busy people, so don’t waste their time. Moving to Belgium etc. doesn’t mean you can’t be registered with most of your original health services in the UK.

Post – Redirecting your UK mail is crucial to cover those unforeseen notifications of various types.

Tax and Paperwork

P85 – This notifies the tax authority that you’re leaving the country, and helps ensure you’re taxed appropriately for your location.

R105 – This will prevent your savings being taxed by both the UK and your new country.

Pension – Applying for a pension forecast/update is a sensible idea, especially if you’re likely to be out of the UK indefinitely.

Will – Making a will might feel like casting a morbid shadow over the fun of moving to France etc, but it’s really just a prudent plan to cover the more unpleasant possibilities.

Don’t Waffle About Belgium

European Removal Experts is the connoisseur’s choice for any client who is moving to Belgium. Now that you have your accommodation organised and your new job secured, perhaps in the European Parliament or a deluxe chocolate factory, your only major remaining concern about moving to Belgium is deciding which removals company you can trust with all of your professional equipment, household fittings and fixtures, personal files, keepsakes, clothes and expensive gadgets.

When you choose to use European Removal Experts, you are dealing with a company with a wealth of experience of helping many customers in moving to Belgium. We have the knowledge; there is no doubt about that: from packing your possessions securely to driving steadily yet swiftly, our employees are the best in the business.

Our drivers also have that personal touch; they enjoy helping people to move and they appreciate how stressful the entire situation can be, so they will put you at ease with a reassuring chat and friendliness before they leave base in the UK. Remember, if you are relocating to Belgium from anywhere in the United Kingdom, European Removal Experts are more than happy to help.

We also provide a fantastic man with a van service for domestic removals. You can hire one of our vans complete with a highly trained removal professional who will spend the entire day helping you to remove your possessions form your home, then pack them securely and transport them to your new address.

Please take a look at our great deals for this bespoke service. So, please don’t waffle when you’re moving to Belgium, just be sure to choose Europe Removals: the connoisseur’s choice.

Belgium Dull? No Way!

If you are moving to Belgium, you’ve probably heard all the jokes about the country from your friends and family. Belgium has gained an unfortunate – and it has to be said – undeserved reputation for being a country with little going for it apart from sprouts and obscure Euro MPs.

The outburst from a British MEP just a couple of months ago, where he described Belgium as a ‘dull little country’ didn’t help the image, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. Those who are moving to Germany don’t have to put up with the same jibes, so why does Belgium get such a bad press?

Perhaps it has something to do with the fact that it is a relatively new country, or the fact that the main language, Flemish, is impenetrable to those who don’t speak it. On the other hand, it may have something to do with the fact that the national sport is cycling, and the national dish is steak and chips, so we can safely assume that there is a certain amount of snobbery involved with this dismissal of Belgium.

The chances are you will be familiar with steak and chips, but if you are moving to Belgium and you’ve never seen world class cycle racing, then you are in for a treat. They really are mad about the sport, and crowds in excess of one million are not unusual at the country’s biggest race, The Tour of Flanders, which is held every April. So that is just one thing to look forward to if you are moving to Belgium!

Belgium – Truly Cosmopolitan

Europe is a world leader for its cultural diversity, and this is in part thanks to a long history of immigration between nations; however, some parts of Europe are particularly cosmopolitan – and a nation such as Belgium is uniquely so, thanks to its rich diversity of cultures and languages.

One of the reasons why Belgium is so culturally rich is due to the diversity of official languages, and associated cultural input. Anyone moving to Belgium will immediately notice that there is no single dominant language and Dutch, French and German are spoken and taught in schools as official languages.

To confound the matter there are also loads of minority languages spoken there as well, including “Walloon“ and even Yiddish. This prevalence of diverse languages in the nation might seem daunting to anyone moving to Belgium from the UK, maybe with nothing more than a bit of GCSE French to go on, however, instead, it should comfort the British emigre that Belgium is so welcoming of immigrants to the nation.

As well as a diversity of languages, Belgium enjoys a truly unique culture; and the cuisine of Belgium, for example, greatly benefits from a variety of cultural influences; and in particular there is a strong influence from French cooking styles – which can only be a good thing!

So, whilst Belgium mightn’t be the top of your list for European destinations, moving to Belgium could be the portal onto a truly satisfying life – amongst one of the most special and diverse cultures on the planet!

German Cuisine: Beyond the Bratwurst!

On the world stage, German cuisine does not hold a  better reputation than the UK’s – and that’s saying something! However, just as there’s much more to UK cuisine than fish and chips, when if comes to German food – there’s a little more to it than the Bratwurst.

Probably due to our similar histories/cultures, there is a lot of a common ground between what we eat in the UK and what Germans eat – which will come as some comfort for anyone moving to Germany who doesn’t have the most adventurous palette.

There are, however, enough gastronomical differences to excite the food connoisseur moving to Germany. And whilst much of the food you’ll find in Germany will bear a passing resemblance to food you’ll find in the UK, things are often done a little differently.

For example, anyone moving to Germany will notice the prevalence of pickled vegetables, such as sauerkraut, which often accompany meals; Germans also love their breads, and therefore you’ll find a lot of bakeries, offering, for example, pretzels; and whilst it is not the be all and end all of German cuisine, the Bratwurst and other quality sausages also prevail in the country, making it an ideal place to live if that sort of thing is your cup of tea – or should be “stein of German beer”.

Whatever the reason for moving to germany – whether its the cuisine or otherwise – with European Removal Experts we like to think that we take the hassle out of European removals.

A Few Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Belgium

For anyone planning on emigrating from the UK, Belgium is perhaps not at the top of your list as a potential destination. However, there are a variety of reasons why moving to Belgium could actually be the best decision that you will ever make.

If you like beer, then its fair to say that Belgium is a bit of a paradise and despite its relatively modest size, it produces around 800 different beers – and you thought us Brits like beer! Relocating to Belgium has never been more excting.

Of course Belgium isn’t all about beer – the chocolate is also world-renowned. Belgium is also one of the most cultured countries on the planet, with a history even to rival our own. Did you know, for example, that in 1066 the city of Huy in Belgium received a charter of rights, making it the oldest free city on the continent.

Maybe these are some of the reasons behind the fact that Belgium grants more new citizenships per year second only to Canada, ensuring that by moving to Belgium you will not only be welcomed with open arms, but you’ll have something in common with 15% of the population.

Don’t worry even if you haven’t considered moving to Belgium before, because at European Removal Experts we certainly have. That is why we are able to offer door to door removals throughout Belgium, and can offer our services either on a part or full load basis, whether your moving to Belgium or you simply want to make a delivery.

Advice On Moving To Belgium

If you are moving to Belgium, the chances are your reasons for moving there will be work related. But whatever your reasons are for moving to Belgium, there are a few things you must be aware of, a couple of basic guidelines to make life easier once you arrive there. These guidelines will also apply if you are thinking of moving to Holland or moving to Germany, so whichever country in Europe you are thinking or relocating to, these pieces of advice will come in handy.

If you have been planning on moving to Belgium for some time, you will probably already be aware that when you arrive in the country, you must notify the local authority of your presence within ten working days from the date of your arrival. You must present your passport when you do this and you will then be given a document which is titled, ‘declaration of presence’, and that is pretty much it. You can carry on with your job without any further paperwork.

One of the things you must consider when you are relocating to Belgium is the transportation of your furniture and other goods. This is where European Removal Experts come in! They are highly experienced in helping people like you who are moving to Belgium, moving to Germany or moving to Holland. In short, they can arrange removals to any location in Europe, as well as moving to locations all over Britain and Ireland. So if you are thinking of moving to Belgium or any country within the EU, get in touch with European Removal Experts and they will take the stress out of the task.

How to prepare your children to move to Belgium

If you have decided that you and your family will be moving to Belgium in the near future you may be concerned on how best to prepare your children for this upheaval. You should anticipate that a new environment may be difficult to cope with at first for any child. For this reason it is good practice to ease them into the idea gently early on.

As a country, Belgium is one of the most children friendly, welcoming children from other countries into their culture and lifestyle. It is true that by relocating to Belgium, you are giving your children access to an exceptional quality of education, but you need to find one that suits a child’s individual needs. Researching and discussing schools before hand will help greatly.

The language barrier in Belgian schools can be determined by 3 languages; Dutch, German or French. It is worth looking into the prerequisites of these languages for your child to fully benefit. Parents are also expected to be more actively involved in educating their children in Belgium which may make the transition easier.

Involve your children with all aspects of the move and they will become familiar and accustomed to the idea easier. Removals to Belgium are easy to organise and children will be more inclined to accommodate the idea of moving if they have control over what they take. Allow them to help pack and try to make it as fun and exciting as possible.

Facts About Belgium

Moving to Belgium offers people a chance to experience one of the most interesting cultures in the world, whilst also very rarely having a language barrier ever becoming an issue as many Belgians are bi- or tri-lingual.

The Belgians are extremely passionate about food and drink. Not only did they make some of the most important advancements in the making and designing of chocolates (yes, you have them to thank for that!), but they also gave the world waffles, and more surprisingly French fries. They also have a surprisingly low number of fast food restaurants, much preferring ‘real’ food. They also love their beers, drinking more per year than most other countries and having over 800 different beers made there alone.

Moving to Belgium is not just for those interested in cuisine though. Moving to France offers similar levels of gastronomical delights and moving to France is often favoured by many who are unfamiliar with the rich culture of Belgium. However, Belgium has a very liberal nature and is very much focussed on equality and fairness, being one of the first countries to legalise things were once quite controversial ideas. They were also the first country to produce newspapers and, surprisingly, a Belgian founded the Holy Roman Empire.

However, whilst it is the culture and great standard of living that may attract people to the country, there is one other interesting fact that is worth knowing about this somewhat enigmatic country: The Belgian motorway system is the only man-made structure visible from the moon. Not even the Great Wall of China gets that accolade.