Welcome to my blog! My name is Keven, and I was born and raised in Portland, Oregon U.S.A. In the summer of 2016 my husband of seven years and I packed up all our belongings, our dog Django, and cat Eskimo to make the huge life changing move to the small city of Leiden in the south of Holland. This is actually something we have dreamed about since marrying. Now that we are here we still stop and suddenly realize we have made our dreams come true.
My husband Pieter was actually born in a nearby town, to his Dutch father and English mother. His father tragically passed away when Pieter was very little, so he ended up being raised in the good ol’ U.K. This is part of our story and why we ended up in the Netherlands. We are here partly in hopes that Piet will be able to reconnect with his family here and learn about his past, as well as giving us a better chance at starting our own family and raising them in one of the best places for families in the world.
Pieter is working for a tech company in Amsterdam, and I am nesting into our new life and working on my online Etsy shop where I sell watercolor prints. If you are thinking about moving to the Netherlands yourself, or have any questions I would be happy to answer them. Otherwise here is a great list of resources for any potential or current expat in NL. Thanks for reading!
Moving to NL – Expatica
Guide to Dutch Visas & Permits – Expatica
Immigration to the Netherlands – Belastingdienst (A Dutch Government Site)
Moving your Pets from America to the Netherlands