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Living Abroad Can be ‘Addictive’

Moving to Germany, moving to Switzerland or heading to any other country can be a rewarding experience, it has been noted.

According to a Shelter Offshore article, there is something enchanting about living abroad.

It stated: “The one thing that is … universally true is that when you’re established abroad you discover that most of your fellow expats feel the same as you, and almost no one is in any rush to return to the UK.

“I would even go as far as to say that ‘once an expat, always an expat’ because there really is something addictive about living abroad.”

The news piece went on to claim that once an individual has gone through the challenge of establishing a new life abroad, they know they could do it again if necessary.

“This puts fire in the expat belly and inspires them to move forward and never look back,” it stated.

The article went on to suggest that those who are thinking of moving to Germany, moving to Switzerland or to anywhere else should be warned there may be no going back because once they are in a foreign country, they will discover the “grass really can be greener”.

However, it went on to note that it takes a particular kind of person to make the transition successfully. They have to want to do it, the news provider noted.

When individuals make the decision to live in another country, there are many issues they must deal with before setting off. For example, they will need to sort out accommodation, research the area they will be staying in and make sure all their tax and other financial affairs are in order.

Also, it is advisable for them to take note of the healthcare services available in the area and, if they have children, to find out what sort of educational facilities are available.

Cultural Attractions in Holland

Holland is home to a fantastic variety of cultural sights and sounds, including a wide range of art galleries and museums. These include, in Amsterdam, the Dutch arm of the Hermitage museum in St Petersburg, Russia. Amsterdam is also home to the Rijksmuseum, the most famous paintings of which include masterpieces by Vermeer and Rembrandt’s Night Watch. Also to be found in the city is the Van Gogh Museum. Amsterdam is also big on performing arts, with sites including the Heineken Music Hall, the Stadsschouwburg theatre and a world-class symphony orchestra. The city is also home to a wide range of festivals and events, including the Gay Pride parade of boats in the canals each August.

Outside of Amsterdam, Holland continues to offer a series of cultural attractions. Head to The Hague, where you can visit the Mauritshuis, a former 17th century palace where works by Rembrandt, Vermeer and Jan Steen can be viewed. Alternatively, visit the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag modern art museum, which has a collection consisting of works by Picasso, Kandinsky, Mondrian, Monet and Van Gogh. In nearby Rotterdam, meanwhile, the most obvious arts and cultural hotspot is the Museumpark, where you can find the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, with its collection of art spanning the period from the late Middle Ages until 1945. Music festivals include the “Festival aan de Werf” in Utrecht, in addition to festivals and events dedicated to everything from music, sports, films, art and dance to the humble domino.

Here at European Removal Experts, we can make the process of moving to Holland as stress free as possible. Just contact us today to find out more about moving to Holland. You may wish to use our removal services for moving to Germany, Holland, France or any other European country. Just call us now.

Next Stop Berlin

Germany is an exciting and vibrant nation, with a strong tradition in efficient engineering and a rich and diverse culture. Cities such as Berlin have a wealth of alternative cultures and business opportunities and have become hubs for artists, business people and bon vivants from around the globe.

Many UK citizens decide that moving to Germany represents a fantastic opportunity to embrace this fascinating culture and lie and work alongside some of the most interesting and innovative people in the world. At European Removal Experts, we can ensure that you are able to dismiss any stresses and worries about moving to Germany. Our professional movers will ship all of your office equipment, personal possessions, IT hardware and household items to Germany, where they will arrive intact and ready to be placed in your new home. Once you have decided that moving to Germany is the best option for you and your family please take a look at our website for some fantastic deals and take time to read the testimonies of other customers who we have helped in moves to the continent.

We will enable you to feel confident that relocating to Germany is a positive decision by taking the stress of organising a large scale move on our capable shoulders. All that we ask in return for our services is that once you are settled in your new home, you raise a stein of beer to European Removal Experts as we make our way back to London, ready to help more satisfied customers relocate to their dream locations!

Aaaargh! Culture Shock!

Culture shock is a bit like regular shock – sometimes you can’t identify it once you’re suffering from it, which makes it very hard to cope with.

Signs
Writing “symptoms” felt a little contrived, as culture shock isn’t really a disease or mental illness, more just a feeling of being lost, out of your depth (remember trying to put your foot down in a swimming pool and having that moment of utter panic as you gurgled and spluttered under the surface?), isolated or simply unable to grasp onto any little culture-related life-raft like familiar road signs or Marks and Spencers. Don’t’ panic though; culture shock is only temporary, so moving to France, moving to Switzerland, moving anywhere can become home with a little patience.

Coping
Culture shock is very much fear-based – the shock of the new and unfamiliar. Upon relocation (moving to France, Germany etc.) people tend to split into two groups – those who embrace the new culture over their own, and those who reject it and try to keep their own country alive. Neither of these is the right or wrong choice. Allowing you and your family to each develop your own tactic for dealing with a great move is crucial.

Of course the best way to cope is to be prepared. For example, when moving to Switzerland, have everyone take an interest in the new culture –the food, the hobbies, what the schools tend to look like, what are the common modes of transport, how do you swear in Swiss-German?

The important thing is to be patient, brave and regain control.

German Glory

If you have decided that you are moving to Germany, your best choice for a professional and swift removals service is European Removal Experts. Our company has years of experience in helping people to relocate all of their household contents and personal possessions to the continent. European Removal Experts are trustworthy, safe and secure, our drivers are highly trained and our vehicles are fully insured and primed and tuned for long distance travel, so moving to Germany will be a stress-free experience with our help and advice.

Whether you are moving to Berlin to immerse yourself in the rich and dynamic culture, or moving to Baden-Baden to work for Mercedes Benz, relocating to Germany is sure to be an interesting an rewarding decision. European Removal Experts is very proud that our staff are both professional and friendly, and we know that our customers appreciate their calm and efficient attitude. We are sensitive to our customers’ needs because the last thing they need when organising a major move is to be worried or concerned about the removals service which they have chosen.

When you meet our drivers, you will immediately feel assured and confident that all of your household contents will arrive intact at your new abode. Many customers have chosen European Removal Experts when relocating to Germany for exactly these reasons, so please ask our staff when you make your inquiry and we can provide testimonies and recommendations from previous clients.

Moving to Germany is guaranteed to be stress and trouble-free when you engage our services, so go for German Glory with European Removal Experts.

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!

Useful Advice for Moving to Germany

If you are thinking of moving to Germany with your job, you will want to make sure you choose the home which is right for you. If you are moving to Germany alone, this is not such a problem, but if you are taking your family you will need to do some homework on how to find the right accommodation.

Depending on the location you choose, finding a flat or house is similar to the way you would do it here in the UK, but there are some differences which you should be aware of before moving to Germany. For example, don’t expect to see a ‘For Sale’ sign outside a property. In Germany, this is not a common way of advertising that a property is available for sale or rent.

Many properties are published in the newspapers, and in the last few years property websites have sprung up which provide extensive listings on apartments and houses for sale as well as rental units. These websites also have extensive information on financing and other topics related to buying and renting property for those who are moving to Germany.

One term to watch out for when looking at property adverts is ‘Grosszügige Räume’, which translates as ‘large room’ or ‘very spacious’. As estate agents all over the world employ the same tactics when it comes to describing a property, this actually means that the house is very expensive to heat, which is something you may want to bear in mind when you are moving to Germany.

Moving to Belgium Let the Experts Help You

Moving home can be a traumatic experience at the best of times, but when you are moving abroad the stress and trauma involved can be magnified many times over. If you are moving to Belgium there are some things you should be aware of before you organise your belongings to be transported across the North Sea. Although we have been members of the European Union since 1973, moving to Belgium – or moving to Germany and any other EU country – is not as straight forward as it could be, especially if you are living in Britain but you are not a UK passport holder. For example, when you are moving to Belgium you should know that for all visits of longer than 90 days a visa is required for non-EU citizens.

With the exception of Cyprus and Malta, nationals of the new European Union Member States are currently subject to transition arrangements which remain in place for two years and require a long-stay visa for those who are moving to Belgium. However, if you are self-employed you will be exempt from the visa requirement.

Now we have cleared up the boring bit about moving to Belgium, it’s time to start planning the logistics involved in getting your furniture moved. Of course, you could do it yourself by hiring a lorry, but why add to the stress by doing this? Get in touch with the people at Europemove.com and they will take care of everything for you, which means you will be free to concentrate on your new life.

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 Year In Europe

Most British Universities offer degrees that require students to spend a year in a European country. Generally the degrees are either language or business based but either way moving to France, moving to Germany, or moving to Holland or whichever country is involved, can be a great adventure. Even with the best intentions of keeping the stuff you take when you are moving to Germany to a minimum you may find that you need to take more than you first thought.

Shipping personal belongings to another European country doesn’t have to break the bank, generally you can find a removals company, like us at European Removal Experts, who will have space for a part-load. This is when they move more than one person’s goods in the same vehicle and because the cost is divided it makes it cheaper when you are moving to France for your year’s experience. If you are moving with friends on the same course then you could get together to move everything in one load and split the costs.

Of course you are likely to find that even if you get there with very little you will pick up rather a lot of stuff in the year that you are there and we often find that we are called in to help people move all their accumulated things back to the UK, after all we do have removal vans going both ways. So you don’t have to give up all those wonderful things you bought you can bring them back to be treasured for a life time. When you are ready to make your move just get it all wrapped and boxed up and we can do the rest for you so you can concentrate on more important things like studying, or a night out in a great bar.