Lisa Jochim, USA
Eindhoven is... an amazing new chapter in my life.
Where are you originally from?
I'm originally from the United States. Born and raised in Michigan and lived all of my adult life in Texas.
Why did you move to the Southeast Netherlands?
My husband took a job with NXP.
How long have you lived in the Southeast Netherlands?
I moved here in the summer of 2011.
What is your job title/ function?
I do not work but after teaching for many years, I now enjoy writing about my adventures as an expat. I write a blog called American Girl in Holland and I also write for the Eindhoven News.
What was the most difficult part about moving to the Netherlands?
I had to leave two of my children in the States who are attending college.
What is your best piece of advice for other expats who have just recently moved here?
Try to remember that you are a guest in The Netherlands. Be respectful and kind and the Dutch will return this to you as well. Everyone has been so very kind to me.
What is the best advice that someone gave to you about living here?
Surround yourself with happy, positive people and join two groups... International Women's Club of Eindhoven and the North American Women's Club.
What was your first impression of the Southeast Netherlands?
It's like falling out of a postcard every day!
Did you experience culture shock?
Oh my, Yes! Many things are different but the amount of people who smoke here is shocking. As is hearing the F word just as plain as day on the radio.
How have you adjusted to living in the Netherlands?
Yes! I love it here. I'm having so much fun meeting new friends and seeing all of the wonderful sights.
Do you speak any Dutch?
I speak what I like to call... Smutch. Some Dutch.
Do you ride a bike?
Yes I have a beautiful white bike with a basket. But I don't use my bike to shop at the market. Some habits are hard to break.
What do you miss most from home?
The choices and conveniences of being able to get things at any time of the day.
What do you like the most about the Dutch culture?
I enjoy the laid back attitude about life. People here work very hard and know how to enjoy their time off.
What is your favorite Dutch tradition?
Carnival! It's a crazy couple of days of fun before Lent.
How do you celebrate Queen's Day?
Our first Queen's Day we were in Amsterdam. It was crazy fun! And this year we stayed here in Eindhoven and went to the Centrum to enjoy the Queen's special day. I ended up talking to two teenage Dutch men who enjoyed sharing what it's like to be a teen in The Netherlands.
Do you celebrate Carnaval? If so, how?
Yes, my husband and I dressed up and went with friends to the parade in Eindhoven and then enjoyed the music and festivities in the Centrum.
If you had to leave the Southeast Netherlands tomorrow, what would you miss?
I would miss the amazing countryside with the windmills and the wonderful new friends I have made here.
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