Citlali Alonso, Mexico

Originally from Mexico City, Citlali Alonso is an industrial and furniture designer who has lived in Eindhoven for five years.

Eindhoven is… the city of Design and technology

Why did you move to the Southeast Netherlands?  
Because of love
What was the most difficult part about moving to The Netherlands?
Leaving my life in New York City.
What is your best piece of advice for other expats who have just recently moved here?
Have patience
What is the best advice that someone gave to you about living here?
Enjoy its cultural events and don’t get isolated.
What was your first impression of the Southeast Netherlands?
Very relaxed way of living, empty streets.
Did you experience culture shock?
How have you adjusted to living in The Netherlands?
It is an ongoing process, getting better every day.
Do you speak any Dutch?
Yes, not fluently
Do you ride a bike?
What do you miss most from home?
The weather
What do you like the most about the Dutch culture?  
Their gezelligheid!
What is your favorite Dutch tradition?
How do you celebrate Queen’s Day?
Start at Wilhelmina plein and then walk through the streets and end up in a cafe
How do you celebrate Carnaval? 
Just one day and without a costume.
If you had to leave the Southeast Netherlands tomorrow, what would you miss?
The freedom of getting by bike almost everywhere.


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