Moving to Belgium. What do I need to think about?
October 21, 2013 3:43 AM Subscribe
This is a pretty big question but there are two essential parts to it: the things I need to think about when moving, and those I need to consider for living there for a reasonable length of time (18 months probably).
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So, hooray I got a graduate job. I'll be stationed in Belgium. What am I going to be encountering that I might not be prepared for? Here are some things I HAVE thought about:
- The workplace will be in English and the employer and other people with connections there said it won't be too much trouble that I dropped French early on as most people there have very good English. I will however be making an effort to learn, mostly by immersion (watching plenty of French language TV, doing my best to converse in French etc)
- Accommodation's sorted by the employer
- Driving: I passed my test whilst at uni, driving on the left (the left side IS the right side! :P) but haven't driven since. This could be fun.
- Bank account - my salary will be going to my UK account. Apparently there's no way to set up a repeat international transfer, I'll have to phone my bank every time, but if anyone here knows a way, I'm all ears.
- Moving - I'll be going from near Newcastle in the UK, and I have a digital piano I want to take with me. I suspect the easiest way will be to hire a small van and take the ferry to Amsterdam. Again, suggestions?
What am I going to find strange, culturally? What aspects of daily life in Belgium are going to require me to adapt from what I'm accustomed to in the UK?