In the next few days, I'll be making two long (90+ minute each) calls from the US to mobile phones in the Netherlands. I prefer to use my landline for these calls, which is Voip through Xfinity. Their international calling plan, which is $10 for 300 minutes, would be awesome but it specifically doesn't cover Dutch mobile phones. The Xfinity rate is $.30/minute, which is more than I'd like to pay. What options do I have? [more inside]
New job has me working with one of our most high-profile and important clients, a multinational that has a significant Dutch history and employee base. What do I need to know about doing business with these Netherlanders?
I'm trying to identify a church in central Utrecht that is roughly 700 years old; is NOT especially tall or ornate; and has (or had as of the late 90s) a small inner courtyard with a simple, spare garden built around a little round pond or raised round pool. Any ideas re. which this is or where I could look for clues? I've browsed lots of google images but haven't recognized it that way.
Tomorrow my husband and I are going to Den Haag/The Hague in the Netherlands for a night. Where should we eat in the evening and what should we see in our afternoon there? We're going to the Rothko exhibition at the Gemeentemuseum so we have that covered. [more inside]
I'm a child of a Dutch immigrant to the USA. Is it possible for my father, who naturalized as a child to the USA at the age of 10, to renew his NL passport? [more inside]
AmsterdamFilter: can you recommend (1) a good, fast dry cleaner and (2) a reliable, not too expensive menswear store in Centrum or the Oosterparkbuurt? Reason: pigeon attack. [more inside]
What are some good helplines and other resources for women in abusive relationships in the Netherlands? [more inside]
I'm an American who has lived in Groningen for over 5 years. I am voting in the municipal elections this Wednesday, but I have no idea what to expect when I go to the voting location. My Dutch is not that great. If someone could fill me in on what I should expect when I go to vote, that would be great!
I'm being sent on a whirlwind trip to the Netherlands - four days in Utrecht/Amsterdam. I'll basically have a day and a half (and possibly a couple of evenings) to see.. stuff! But I have absolutely no idea what's there. What should I see? What are the must-do's and can't-misses? [more inside]
I am going to be in Paris, Belgium and The Netherlands for about six days each. I will have an unlocked iPhone 4S (from AT&T) and will want to use data while there. Which international SIM card should I get? [more inside]
I like the Netherlands and think I could happily live there. How might I achieve this with my specific, mostly academic skill set? [more inside]
Is my father a Belgian citizen or Dutch? I *think* so? I'm confused by the internet. [more inside]
My family and I would like to spend an extended time (5-6 months or more) in Europe. My wife is a US/Canadian citizen (the rest of us are Dutch citizens), and that seems to present a problem if we want to stay more than 90 days, which is the maximum length of Schengen tourist status. I'm not getting very far trying to figure out if and how that time can be extended. The process seems to vary from country to country. We're pretty flexible about which countries we stay in, so which countries make this relatively easy and cheap? [more inside]
I have a semi-emergency situation involving US and Dutch driver's licenses. Complex situation inside. [more inside]
I am moving from Germany to Leiden for one year. As this is a short amount of time, I want to investigate if there are any possibilities for unique housing situations (houseboats, co-ops, windmills (I'm joking about the windmills. No, I am only half-joking about the windmills.)). What are the options beyond renting a typical apartment? I am a professional in my 30's with no dependents and 3 suitcases of earthy possessions, so now seems like the perfect time for an adventure. My only requirements are electricity, running water, a kitchen (shared or otherwise), and less than a 30 minute commute (via bicycle and mass transit) to the university. Sadly, I do not speak Dutch. Where should I begin looking?
I did some Ice-Skating on the frozen lakes in The Netherlands last February and it was a lot of fun and I was hoping to do it again this winter somewhere. Maybe Sweden, or Norway or somewhere in northern Europe where good ice is more likely. (Is the Elfstedentocht - 11 Cities likely to run this year?) Where are some good (and relatively certain) Natural Ice Skating spots in the Uk, Netherlands, Scandinavia region? [more inside]
I'm in the city center in Groningen, the Netherlands. It is almost 6.30am. For hour on hour now, I've been listening to throbbing bass from the dance club across the way, and I haven't slept all night. This loud music seems to be a new thing. What should I do? [more inside]
Possible to get/make a small version of my Dutch public transport card? [more inside]
Mefites of Holland! Send me to your favorite ethnic grocery stores and trattorias in de Randstad. Bonus points for North Holland (esp. Haarlem-A'dam-Alkmaar), and you win 1,000 internets if you know of a real Mexican, Thai or Indian grocer anywhere within 250k of Amsterdam.
What are my prepaid 3g data+sim options for Western Europe? [more inside]
Does the Netherlands keep any records of the foreigners who have previously lived in the country? [more inside]
Help me to have a nice day in the Netherlands this Sunday on my long layover. [more inside]
I'm in Eindhoven, I have a train ticket from "Any Dutch Station" to Brussels tomorrow. From then I need to get to London. Is there any fun or interesting detour I can make? [more inside]
Dutch people: WHAT'S THE DEAL WITH ALL THE SHETLAND PONIES? [more inside]
I'm looking for the cheapest options for shipping <20kg of personal effects from Amsterdam, Netherlands to Southern California. [more inside]
Can I buy a bike on marktplaats.nl and have it shipped to me in the US? I looked through the policies and stuff, and didn't see anything that would prevent it, but my Google Translate might be fooling me. [more inside]
Next year, I'll be travelling to the Netherlands and (briefly) Belgium, then later a trip to Tallinn, Helsinki and Stockholm. Are there any films or novels I should check out to get a feel for the places before I get there? [more inside]
Can anyone recommend an online pharmacy that ships to the Netherlands? [more inside]
I need recommendations for international call cards, Calling from the Netherlands to the UK, that can be purchased in the UK(or Ireland) [more inside]
I'll be in Amsterdam from 8pm until 8am over a Sunday night in October. What should I do? Will any museums be open? Is there a literary section of town? Best place to eat a late dinner?
I'm looking for ways to find a room to rent in The Hague. [more inside]
I have an opportunity to get out of a terrible work situation, with what seems to be a reasonable severance pay-off. Trouble is, I'm in the Netherlands, and don't know any Dutch lawyers. Can any Me-Fite point me to either a Dutch employment lawyer with whom you have experience, or to a resource where I can find my own? Posting anonymously as some co-workers read the site. Throwaway email: firstname.lastname@example.org
What is a typical minimum age at which babies are taken as passengers on bicycles in the Netherlands? What kind of carrier tends to be used at this age (trailer? car seat mounted on bike? bakfiets?). [more inside]
We are moving to the out of the country soon, and I'd like advice on how to tell my kids. What I've found online at other sites has been....less than helpful, so any personal advice or good links appreciated. Possibly relevant details inside. [more inside]
I'm spending next weekend in Amsterdam. I'll be doing the usual touristy things, but I'd like to add a twist to it. I speak Indonesian very well but have never been to Indonesia... I would like to experience Amsterdam's Indo/Indonesian side. Any particular areas, restaurants, activities to check out?
Mrs Primate, the Messrs Primates Junior and I may be moving back to the Netherlands in the near future. I'm looking for recommendations of small towns or neighborhoods in larger cities to check out. We're know A'dam inside and out and are pretty familiar with Utrecht and Haarlem, but we haven't actually lived in the country since 1999 (although we visit twice a year), so.... [more inside]
Is it possible for a Filipino citizen currently backpacking in Malaysia to get a tourist visa for the Netherlands? [more inside]
My wife and I are heading to the Netherlands on vacation. It's mostly a cultural and gastronomic tour for us nice respectable people, but if you happened to have some recommendations for coffee shops and sex clubs, we wouldn't mind hearing them. Anon email inside, too. [more inside]
Can you provide me with some useful advice in preparation for my summer in Holland? [more inside]
Internet pal in Amsterdam says he likes American treats, and I was planning on sending him some as a surprise. Any suggestions on what I can get here that he won't be able to find there? I don't want to send a box of hostess cupcakes (for example) and then find out that they're extremely common over there.
Have you ever been to Eindhoven? [more inside]
How can I get a small amount of chocolate or similar delivered to a friend in the Netherlands this week? [more inside]
My girlfriend and I will be in Delft in the Netherlands over New Year's and would like to book a nice 3 to 4 course meal on New Year's Eye in a moderately priced restaurant. Can the hive mind recommend anything? [more inside]
Please help us contact social services in the Netherlands! We are in the UK. [more inside]
Any recommendations for prepaid wireless for a laptop in the Netherlands that won't break the bank? [more inside]
So, we will be in Holland for a couple of weeks and I need a Van Gogh fix, but I don't want to overdose. If I was only to go to one Van Gogh museum, which would you recommend: the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam or the Kröller-Müller Museum in Hoge Veluwe National Park? [more inside]
In a couple of weeks I will be in the Netherlands and would like to buy an iPad while I am there (rather fortuitously, they go on sale this Friday). The only problem is that I cannot identify anywhere that will actually be selling them. There doesn't appear to be an Apple store in the Netherlands and my Dutch isn't good enough to google alternatives (my Dutch isn't good enough to say hello, but that another issue...). Can anybody help me?
99.9% certain I'm going to accept a new job that will involve my moving back to the Netherlands from Germany. I'll be based in the Hague (Scheveningen, actually,) which I don't know well at all. Looking for help from the hive mind on areas to consider living in (roughly 1000 - 1200 / mo budget for rent) along with restaurant, bars, gyms, food shopping and all the good stuff that makes up a life. [more inside]
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