Working abroad has been a wish of mine for some time now. Xebia offers me the opportunity to live and work in India. Through this blog series I will keep you informed of the progress and challenges of this project. The next step in the process is packing your bags and... GO! Saying goodbyenice little bar in Nijmegen, the people there helped us brilliantly to organize this party. I can definitely recommend that location. We shared the evening with a pleasant mix of family, friends an colleagues. It was truly a very good way to say 'goodbye'. One of the moments that will forever color my memory of that evening was the 'lift-off' of our own 'hot-air balloon for luck'. Some friends of mine had found this extraordinary gift and we launched it in the center of Nijmegen. At some point it seemed that the balloon would actually crash into one of the multi-level apartment buildings, but lucky it got enough height and floated away in the night sky. It disappeared high over Nijmegen, never to be seen again. I still wonder where it ever landed... Expat course In the week before we left, we attended an expat-course. This is a personal training that is adapted for the country that you are leaving for. We had two days, crammed with interesting material on Indian culture. The main part of the training was conducted by two Indian ladies, that live temporarily in the Netherlands. Both had a lot of experience in living abroad and were able to both tell us about what it is like to live abroad and give us some insight in the Indian culture. Does and Donts are always important, although I'm quite sure I still make an offensive mistake from time to time. Surprisingly, one of the interesting topics was... on Dutch culture! The host of the training, started of the training with one hour on typical Dutch 'Waarden en Normen' (personal and cultural values). Apparently the most prominent Dutch values are:
- Gelijkheid (Equality);
- Nuttig (bad translation: Useful);
- Internationale orientatie (Internationally orientated);
- Privacy en
- Georganiseerd (Organised).