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Long thread - 10 years in The Netherlands. 

Amsterdam is crazy.
During the first year of living there I went to countless parties. Techno, Drum'n'bass, Trance, some in between all of that, some of them in some places that should not happen, some in some places that are destroyed right now, some in places where people were kicked out...

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Long thread - 10 years in The Netherlands. 

I was always eager for Friday, usually we would order a Kebab, Chinese, Surinamese from a nearby spot, and in the afternoon was beer and chips time.
I found that during the next years living and working here, this is all pretty normal in every Dutch company I have worked for in The Netherlands.

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Long thread - 10 years in The Netherlands. 

Lunches were weird for me in the beginning. Sandwiches, some vegetables, spreads and drinks was not the pampering I was used to, which was going to restaurants and eating a whole meal for 5 euros. This sandwich lunch was offered by the company at the time, which for someone who is living on a tight budget is a life saver, so I didn't think too much about it and kind of forced me to learn proper cooking later on in my life as well.

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Long thread - 10 years in The Netherlands. 

I felt that I could talk with any of my colleagues or superiors without being judged upon. A very different experience than what I had so far back in Portugal. Most important of all, everyone seemed relaxed and going home on time and still doing and delivering work on time.

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Long thread - 10 years in The Netherlands. 

My first job was as a support engineer for a relatively small ISP, the small office had around 20 different nationalities at the time I was working there, and I noticed that the working culture was different from what I was used to.
My ideas were taken into consideration, was being rewarded and appreciated by the effort that I was putting into my job, and pretty much a flat hierarchy.

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Long thread - 10 years in The Netherlands. 

Oh boy, what a good journey it has been.
Imagine being a young boy from Portugal, which have barely spoken, much less worked with other nationalities in real life, suddenly finding himself in a foreign country and in a small city with 180 different nationalities.

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Long thread - 10 years in The Netherlands. 

Precisely 10 years ago, 24th of June 2010, I was landing at Schiphol airport in The Netherlands with a friend, in what would be my first time living abroad.
Leaving my girlfriend back in Portugal, with a promise of a better life for us, carrying some small savings on my pocket, a very tiny appartment for both of us, and a job waiting for me, life seemed promising.

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Big boi became big and got separated into three little bois. dough is done, tomorrow is time to prep, cook and eat. 🍕

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Now we wait and let the yeasties do their work for this little boi to become a big boi.

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Made some cow bone broth, smell is not very pleasant 😮 Let's see how the oxtail gonna go tomorrow simmering in this stock. 👨‍🍳

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