Rondlopen in Hilversum (Walking around in Hilversum)

A (Dutch) friend told me last week: Ik vind Hilversum heel saai (I find Hilversum very boring.)

Oh contraire, my dear friend!! That’s because you’ve lived here for 6 years and have seen everything already!!

I, on the other hand, have lived here for 6 weeks. Everything is new, exciting, beautiful… Buzzfeed summed it up perfectly in 21 Life Struggles All Expats Will Understand – every day feels like an adventure!

That sounds totally cheesy with extra brie on top, but it’s true. Moving to another country is like being a kid again… everything is interesting, fun and well, NEW!!

Trip to the stadskantoor (council office) to do boring paperwork and get your Bull Shit Number (BSN = Burgerservicenummer = Citizen Identification number.) Oh no my friend! An expat sees an exciting challenge. Walk 30+ mins, navigate to City Hall without getting lost and marvel at Dudok’s finest and most famous piece of architecture…

Raadhuis van Hilversum

Raadhuis van Hilversum

View of Raadhuis from outside of the stadtskantoor

View of Raadhuis from outside of the stadtskantoor

Walk to the supermarket for milk and bread…

Summer snow

Summer snow

Find yourself in a summerwonderland!

Pop into town for a drink…

Street art in Hilversum

Street art in Hilversum

Discover amazingly talented street art, right on your doorstep!!

Trudge to the train station…

Dancing ladies

Dancing ladies

Find beautiful scupltures which make you smile from ear to ear!!

Walk to the gym…

Oranje gekkenhuis!

Oranje gekkenhuis!

Discover your local football hooligans 😉

Pop to town to print some photos…

Studio 54...

Studio 54…

KRO studio, Hilversum

KRO studio, Hilversum

KRO Studio, Hilversum

KRO Studio, Hilversum

Sint-Vituskerk in Hilversum

Moody looking Sint-Vituskerk in Hilversum

Stumble across Studio 54 and other interesting old buildings…

Go to buy wedding hair accessories…

Street art, Hilversum

Street art, Hilversum… if you liked it, then you should have put a ring on it…

Another visit to Albert Heijn…

Cafe Zuid

Cafe Zuid

Post-dinner walk…

Getting our bearings with the local area

Getting our bearings with the local area

Early-evening borrel…

Blue lights in Hilversum

Blue lights in Hilversum

Open je ogen… Hilversum is mooi. (Open your eyes, Hilversum is beautiful.)

I can’t wait to discover more…

What’s the most underrated sight where you live?

Hayley x

Advertisements

7 comments

  1. Wat heb je een superleuke blog! Ik moet erg lachen om je uitleg van de Nederlandse cultuur. Merk ineens wat een raar volkje we zijn. 😀 Ik blijf je volgen!

    Like

  2. Amazing blog! I’m from the Netherlands (Arnhem) and your blog really makes me laugh. And it’s interesting to read about my own country from an outsider’s point of view. Keep up the good work! Oh, and for you being a grammar Nazi, it’s “Oranje gekkenhuis” 😉

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s