Name: Danielle Bonét
Job title (if applicable): Customer Care
What brought you to the Leiden region?
I met my current boyfriend, whom is Lithuanian, in the summer of 2015 while I was in the Netherlands doing a summer internship. I went back home to the US to finish my Bachelors during the fall 2015 semester. In January of 2016 I moved to Leiden to be with him.
How long have you been living in the Netherlands?
I have been living here permanently since January of 2016.
What is the main difference between your country of origin and the Netherlands?
There are many differences but the first one that comes to mind is the bike friendly environment.
What would you miss most about the Netherlands if you were to leave tomorrow?
The fresh markets and being able to walk almost anywhere I go.
How would you describe the Dutch people?
Friendly, tall, innovative, simple, environmental
Could you recommend any blogs or websites concerning the Netherlands?
I really like IamExpat
Do you have any tips for new arrivals in the Leiden region?
Try and integrate into the community and don't be afraid to join some Expat groups for meeting new friends. Try and learn at least some Dutch, like simple phrases. If you are renting an apartment, be careful about agencies trying to take advantage of you.