Can you provide me with advice for a summer in Holland?
March 17, 2011 6:15 PM Subscribe
Can you provide me with some useful advice in preparation for my summer in Holland?
posted by masters2010 to Society & Culture (5 answers total)
I recently received an internship in The Hague, Netherlands, and will be living there for a little over two months this summer. Seeing as the hive mind is the best resource I know, I figured I would come here seeking useful advice. A few questions that I have are:
1) Do you think it would be worthwhile to learn Dutch beforehand? I know that the Dutch are likely the best English speakers in Europe, but I have the Dutch version Rosetta Stone and thought that it would be useful to know the basics before I travel. I also thoroughly enjoy meeting new people and making friends with locals, so I figure learning the language would be a useful tool. Thoughts? Is it worth the effort?
2) Any advice as to how I should find an apartment in the Hague? I am waiting to hear back from someone at the organization at which I am going to work regarding housing, but perhaps you know better.
3) Where do you recommend that I travel during my stay in Europe? I will be visiting family in Paris before I will arrive, and then will have 8 weeks at the internship. I was thinking to split the weekends I have in Europe and try to visit Barcelona, Berlin, London (to see a friend), and Rome (to see another friend). Is this too ambitious? Should I instead try to absorb the experience in Holland?
I'm sure I will have more questions in due time, but please also just respond with any advice that may be useful to me as I prepare to spend a summer in Holland!
Much love <3