So I’ve asked around about moving to the Netherlands, and a lot of people have recommended expatica.com. It’s a huge site, with hundreds of pages, and I have to admit, I’m a little exasperated. I have yet to find any information that I can actually use. From the “All about schools in the Netherlands” article I learned that there are schools! In the Netherlands! Several different kinds! No information about how to choose one, how to get your kid into it, or even whom to ask for further information (although there is a very strong bias toward international (private, expensive) schools. I don’t wanna send my kid to private school.). Ditto the thing about orientation courses for incoming teenagers – an article states that there is such a thing, and it would be good for my teenager, but doesn’t name a single one.
On the housing page, I do a search for houses for sale in Utrecht, costing between €150,000 and €650,000 and find that there is nothing, not one single house. Wow. Funda.nl lists 1,677.
Argh. Toytown it ain’t. It’s more like what you’d find in a magazine in the dentist’s waiting room.
Song du jour of the day: Doctor My Eyes, by Jackson Browne.