osita (Oct 30 2009, 09:57 PM) said: > original post You'll find Trick or Treat isn't really done here. Instead, the children do the door-to-door thing on November the 11th for Sint Martin's night, when they carry paper lanterns and sing nonsence-songs in return for snoep.
LOL, we know that, i've been living here for 6years now, but i also know, there's always a neighbourhood that gets into the halloween spirit, last year we went to Den Haag, and they will do it again in a certain street there this year. But i am hoping to find something closer by this year..
I'm pregnant and will very soon no longer be able to wear my regular clothes. Does anyone know where I can find CUTE maternity clothes here for leisure and business wear. The clothes I've found thus far look terrible and quite expensive. I get depressed every time I go maternity clothes shopping here. Please let me know as soon as possible!
I was hoping that you'd be coming here to work for a private corporation. I have had years of personal experience in this area and know many colleagues who came here to do teaching and/or research and left very disappointed. Whatever, the university has promised you in salary, I would advise that you mentally cut that in half as far as take home income is concerned. You will get more services here because of our higher taxes, but to fully get your money back you'll have to know the ins and outs of applying for children allowances, and tax writeoffs. Essentially, if you do not have a mortgage to write off, you will have a hard time paying all your bills. You will have expenses that other Dutch academics won't have such as phone calls trips back to the U.S. Don't let the value of the Euro vs. the U.S. Dollar get you excited either. This only helps Europeans working in the States and not the other way around.
Advice: Investigate the 30% rule. I have it and it's wonderful! Helps with expenses. It's designed to help expats who bring expertise to the NL. If you are on a local european contract, that is....Basically, allows you to not pay tax on 30% of your income. I am not sure if it also applies to Universities etc. but it might be worth you taking a look. Lots of benefits to having it! And it's good up to 10 years!