Widiyani Widiyani, Indonesia

PhD candidate at TU/e, Widiyani has been in the Southeast Netherlands for 13 months and although she misses the sunshine of her native Indonesia, but is getting used to life here!

What is your favorite motto and what is its significance?
Always see a good side even you are in the worst side; I could enjoy my life where ever I am, because I believe that I can always gain knowledge, or inspirations, or fresh mind, or anything from the experiences I had.

Is there anything that you wish you knew before moving here?
Information of cheap and good quality food and some stuff.

Are you a member of any international organizations or clubs?
The Brabant Adventurers, The Hub for Expats (what about Brainport?)

What is your best piece of advice for other expats?
Don't ever think of the food from your land while you are in other country. Try to find out the food here which you like, and enjoy it!

What was your first impression of the Southeast Netherlands?
Not interesting.

Did you experience culture shock?
No, except my body. I couldn't wake up early in the morning, as in winter the sun rise up late.

What do you miss most from home?
Friendliness and 12 hours of sun

If you had to leave the Southeast Netherlands tomorrow, what would you miss?
Healthy-life, cycling safely, public library, and individuality ha..ha..

Is the Southeast Netherlands international?
From what I see, yes. So many people are coming from parts of the world, many specialty shops and food I could find. Easy to communicate with the people in every where as they speak English fluently (poor for my Dutch!)

What is missing in the Southeast Netherlands?
9:00 to 9:00, 7 days a week shopping area

What is your favorite part about living in this part of the Netherlands?
In Eindhoven, the quietness and not so many distractions with events and night life. It's suitable for study.

If you could go back in time, to before you moved here, would you still move?


What is your favorite thing to do in the Netherlands over the weekend? In the autumn?
See some cities with dagkaart and visit some café or restaurant while strolling in the center. Sometimes I also go to art/design events. And of course take some pictures!

What would you like to see in the Expat Center Brabant Newsletter, News for Expats?
Events and gatherings.

Anything else you'd like to share with our readers?
Love your city wherever you are, keep updated on city events and activities, and you could find some interesting and nice places.


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