Welcome!

I am happy to welcome you on Dutchgram. This is my puzzle of Dutch life, and here you will find pieces of our daily life in the Netherlands.
I am originally from Italy, and I came here to study and then to work.
I am truly trying to integrate, while keeping my deep Italian soul.
On Dutchgram I share our journey through the language and everyday life experiences, with tips and tricks to save money, socialize, and all what will make you feel at home!

Why Dutchgram?

Do you remember the tangram? Well, that explains essentially how the name originated.

My Dutch life is a puzzle.
My Dutch life is a tangram.
My life is a Dutchgram.

And it was just it.
Because it also connects naturally to diagram, the basis of my reasoning. I want my blog to be schematic and linear, to make that puzzle of expat life easier. And there is grammar in it, to solve that puzzle that the Dutch language is. And it features on Instagram.

The beginning

At the beginning of 2018, when I was already for more than four years in the Netherlands, I’ve started documenting our Dutch journey. All these small steps we, as expat family, are setting day by day.
These do not need to be very complex accomplishments, but still, they take longer than normal. Thus I started thinking that sharing my experience online, could help other people in the same situation.
That’s how my first blog posts ever came out on “Dutching”.
It costed a lot of courage to start: I did not know what to expect and I was a bit nervous about the reactions. But mainly, I did not know what blogging was. I’ve studied Mathematics, and I work in the same field. I do not know much about theories in communications, photo editing and websites.
As usual, I found out I just think too much before taking action, as I believe starting Dutching, and continuing on Dutchgram is one of the best brave choices I have ever made.
I love writing, learning, and interacting.
I love my small group of loyal followers and I love the idea that sharing my experience and what I’ve learned can help others.
Maybe I love even more hearing that idea is actually true!

So please, feel free to have a look around and leave a comment behind with what you feel like sharing!

Doei!
Marta