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A new life in the Netherlands

They were born in a small town, but they developed a big mentality. Azul and Rodrigo show that starting a family in Holland is possible.

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Azul and Rodrigo are native to Malabrigo, a town in the north of the province of Santa Fe. Most kids from cities like this do their college careers in Santa Fe capital and then go back to work on their payments, or settle down in the city that formed them. There are rarely cases of people who play with it, like this couple who, shortly after they got married, left everything and went to start a new life in Holland.

Without having sought to leave Argentina, not even move from the city, in 2016 Rodrigo received a job proposal in the Netherlands. After analyzing it and discussing it a bit with his wife, “we decided to embark on this adventure. We liked the idea of getting to know Europe and knew that we had nothing to lose.” The company covered the fare and accommodation costs for a month, until they found a place to rent. “No children, no pets, no car or house of our own, we didn't have anything to tie us too much to Santa Fe, so the decision was pretty easy. In less than two months we had sold all the furniture and we were crossing the puddle for the first time.”

Rodri and Azul arrived in Holland without much expectations, as it is not one of the most common tourist destinations in Europe, such as Spain, Italy or France. “We find ourselves with a rich culture, with hundreds of years of history that we are still learning, with art, but above all with education and tolerance.”

Living in the First World

“ The people are very nice and friendly, always willing to give you a hand and help you, which surprised us because we had the prejudice that this society was' dry 'or 'dry'. They do not sin as trusting, yes,” laughs Rodri, who was used to Argentine jokes and phrases with double meaning.

The fact that you can enjoy economic stability, go to the supermarket and that things always go the same because there is no inflation (or it is so low that it is not perceived); thesafety of being able to walk or ride a bicycle (the Dutch means of transport par excellence) by forests, “even in the early morning, if you wanted, are very good parameters of how well you live here,” they tell us.

The guys claim that you can list a lot of nice things that this country, and they were also discovering some that might not be positive, but yes are sure of something that Holland did in them: modify the way of thinking a lot of things. “Every time we return to Argentina to visit the family and friends we feel a little more foreign and think that everything is changed, when we were the ones who changed.”

The curious fact: “We thought that every time we said that we are Argentines they would name us Máxima and, however, they do not have so much in mind that their Publication Date: 01/06/2020

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