At the USA -- experiences of a Dutch immigrant in North Carolina

Editor's note: the book reviewed here is written by a contributor to this website.

"At the USA" is a book by Petra Glorie, who documents her experiences as a recent Dutch immigrant to North Carolina. It is the result of a blog she started just before moving to the States and covers about four years. In a humorous and down-to-earth tone the book, written in Dutch, gives an insight in some of the subtle but important differences between the Netherlands and the USA.

Dutch in North Carolina

The book starts with Petra and Ron having arrived in the States, looking for a house in Fuquay Varina, North Carolina. Petra: "I started my blog in 2005, with our preparations for moving to the States. I wanted a way to stay in touch with my friends and family at home. The book picks up from the moment we arrived in the States."

The book describes Petra's everyday life in NC and her adjustment to new habits and lifestyle. For example, when Petra and Ron decided to build a brick path in their backyard, the folks at the local Lowe's were amazed that they were doing this themselves. Petra and Ron on their end, were almost intimidated by the level of service they received in the store, from the advice to the help with loading of their car with the bricks -- "We were smiling and couldn't possibly picture this great service at the Gamma store in the Netherlands..."

A recurring and funny theme are Petra's experiences at the DMV. Somehow, Petra ends up in many hilarious situations, which makes the book very entertaining (for example, the chapter on the escaped sheep). Her two dogs Connor and Stacey are main characters in many chapters.

For Petra, one of the highlights of the book is President Obama's visit to North Carolina. Says Petra: "He came to Raleigh a few days before he became President, and we went to see him. It really struck me then that I was in the States. In the Netherlands the American President was always very far, and now we saw him in real life!"

From blog to book

Petra says that the idea to make a book really came from her readers. "They encouraged me to write a book of our experiences".

"I started working on it in August 2009. It took me 18 months to make a selection of my blog posts for the book, and to rewrite them for publication." Her husband Ron adds: "She went through all 1250 articles, and carefully selected them. Only 106 articles made it in the book; that selection took a long time."

"At the USA"
Author: Petra Glorie
ISBN: 978-90-816629-1-8
229 pages, paperback. Written in Dutch.
http://www.attheusa.com

dutchusa

Comments

As someone who moved from North Carolina to the Netherlands, this book sounds like an excellent reason for me to keep going in trying to learn Dutch. I'd love to read this!

I moved from Holland to Northern USA a year ago and after reading on this site I was wondering how you like Holland? I watched House Hunters International (US to Holland) recently and wondered how you, as a US citizen likes living in Holland.

Petra is my Dutch "tante" and is one of the best Bearded Collie moms one could want. Stacey and Connor are both to be admired for all the work they do here in America ... I hope soon the Beardies will translate Petra's book so we non-Dutch speakers can also enjoy!

If you are unable to download popular apps and games like Mobdro, Sing! Karaoke by Smule, xmeye and clash royale from app stores, then you can get it using mobdro apk or sing karaoke by Smule APK xmeye apk and clash royale apk download link.
http://www.apcdownload.com/mobdro-apk-latest-version/
http://www.apcdownload.com/xmeye-apk-android-download/

good Download SnapTube APK for Google android beta edition from beneath. http://snaptubedownloadapps.com it produces a some type of clutter. But snaptube apk is definitely nice.

Software mxf converter free download to convert HD camcorder files. convert avchd video
files to avi, mp4, wmv, mov mts to avi mp4 mov

good data files applying Shareit for Computer. The fastness with which http://www.shareitforpcc.com/ In our occupied working day the previous issue we prefer is normally to nice.

Software mxf converter free download to convert HD camcorder files. convert avchd video
files to avi, mp4, wmv, mov mts to avi mp4 mov mkv

If you are unable to download Sing! Karaoke by Smule from app stores, then you can get it using sing karaoke by Smule APK download link

They offer incredible assist to the again, belly, hips, knees and neck all through sleep in order that one doesn’t stand up with a sore or painful frame. essentially, pregnancy pillows make bedtime greater secure for pregnant women. maternity body pillow

Great share, I guess it will eb really useful for USA immigrants.

https://snaptube-apk.com

If you are unable to download Sing! Karaoke by Smule from app stores, then you can get it using sing karaoke by Smule APK download link

Vidmate App will enable you to download HD videos, latest songs and even watch Live TV on your phone: http://vidmateapp.net

Excellent post. I really like all your post. I have a very good sheet all your articles. Thanks for this purpose best post.

Thanks for sharing.

blackmart alpha is amazing app
http://blackmartalphaa.com/ from here

now download shareit for pc from here https://shareit-pc.com/

thank you so much for this website http://www.shareitforpcfreedownload.com/

get the best apps
https://windowspcdownlaod.com/
here

Get The Cloud VPN apk Aap Here http://cloudvpnapk.com/

http://showbox-apk-app.org/

here are the links provided to download the showbox app

https://vootapp.co.in/

voot app is best to download the online videos for free

how to create www.hotmail.com account

good for Laptop or computer. GenyMotion is normally designed to solution to Bluestacks. http://android-emulator.com The iphone app person has got a nifty search alternative, nice.

it is good for android
https://shareitpcdownload.com/

Hotmail Login Sign in – How to Login to www.Hotmail.com Account

good Search the ” Voot App ” in the search club of the bluestacks on your PC https://vootdownloadapp.com Voot offers a feature called Discover Credit cards which nice.

Good one!!!

THANKS FOR SHARING...!

good Search the ” Voot App ” in the search club of the bluestacks on your PC Voot offers a feature called Discover Credit cards which nice.

https://www.mortalkombat3.com/ good Search the ” Voot App ” in the search club of the bluestacks on your PC Voot offers a feature called Discover Credit cards which nice.

You can share Hindi status with your family and freinds.
http://123hindistatus.co.in/

Very nice site for epass status thanks for sharing..
http://www.checkepassstatus.in/

Check here all information about challan status.
Challan Status

Great! It sounds good. Thanks for sharing.. music download

Es gibt zwei wichtige Veredelungstechniken für Apfelbäume. Das eine ist das Augen-Veredeln bzw.192.168.1.1

good ShowBox iphone app is normally among the finest over the https://ishowboxdownloadapp.com/ planning to receive low on the provider for sure. You can get and nice.

Thanks for sharing this blog its very informative and useful for us .

As best as we know this Dutch place is open for business but always call ahead to confirm.
192.168.l.254

Onsite optimization refers to internet site optimization, time offsite improvement entails handling your website's recognition through calibre incoming course. seo pack

I actually like what you’ve acquired here, certainly like what you’re stating and the way in which you say it.

get complete information on http://blackmartalphaapkdownload.com/ blackmart alpha apk and download
here for free for android, ios/ mac, windows platforms

certainly like what you’re https://hiall.in/ stating and the way in which you say it.

Pages

Add new comment