Life update: I moved to Rotterdam

We’re halfway through September and I’ve not blogged yet this month. I’m terrible at blogging these days, but I’ve also been quite busy to be honest. All this has to do with the fact that I’ve moved to Rotterdam and it has been awesome so far.
It was bound to the happen, I guess. I’ve always been attracted to the city. I always loved coming here and on my trips for football, I’ve always felt like this was the kind of city I needed to be in a certain period of my life. Don’t get me wrong, I love the city where I grew up and it will always have a place in my heart, but I feel like Rotterdam is the place where I need to be for the next 10 years at least.
For me there were several reasons to move to Rotterdam. I had a long distance relationship and this relationship has turnt into a very short distance relationship, and I couldn’t be happier about it. It has definitely made me feel more connected and better after moving here, and it has just been two weeks! I feel like this was a very good step for us both. Traveling for over 2,5 hours, sometimes even over 3, has definitely made me appreciate time together more. I’m still getting used to the fact that I can see my girlfriend every day and that’s she only lives 5 minutes away. But I’m absolutely loving it.
I also felt and still feel, that in the coming years, this is where I need to be in terms of career prospect. Down south where I used to live, I had opportunities, but they felt rather limited to me. Rather than doing that, I wanted to experience some vibes and inspiration that were more creative. At this moment, I feel like I could really have that right here. I’m absolutely delighted that I’ve the chance to start something here.
Part of my move to Rotterdam was the fact that I found an internship here. I probably would have moved here anyway, but the internship definitely pushed this forward. – this reminds me of the The Streets’s song Let’s push things forward – I got a very cool marketing & communication internship at a museum and I’ve just had the first two weeks. It’s bloody amazing. It also means I’m ridiculously busy with it, but I’m learning loads and that’s what it’s all about, isn’t it? I’m an intern for 5 months. After that I will write my dissertation and hopefully graduate at the end of June.
When I was growing up, I wasn’t too fond of the quarter they call the Randstad. It’s where the biggest and most relevant cities lie: Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Den Haag and Utrecht. Well those are not exactly my words, but y’know. Anyway, this might be an unpopular opinion, but I hate Amsterdam and can’t bothered with Den Haag or Utrecht, but Rotterdam does appeal to me strongly. I guess it has to do with its unique kind of modernism in both mentality and architecture.  Whereas the other cities might boast a lot about their achievement, Rotterdam has, in my opinion, a healthier look on life. Working hard.
Football is a huge part of my life and Rotterdam’s not shy of it. They have 3 professional teams in the first two tiers, which is a blessing if you ask me. Also in the 3th and 4th there are teams from this area, which gives me great opportunities to experience new clubs and football culture.
There are more things that I really like about Rotterdam, but will touch upon them in blogposts to come!


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