In this post I will talk about what led me to leave Portugal and all I had to leave treated in Portugal in order to leave peacefully.
I worked for three years as Engineer Research and Development in Ovar a company until I was discharged with much surprise on my part, how many. I tried for 4/5 months to get a job in Portugal and got no answer and decided along with my partner trying to employment in Europe.
I sent hundreds of resumes for virtually for all European countries, using various sites including the EURES.
I got many negative responses mainly due to the language of the country but with any luck I got a hit here in Holland. After about one month I went to interview for my pocket (€ 200 outward / return flight Amsterdam-Barcelona-Puerto stay + € 30) two days before Christmas. I got a flight on which to connect in Barcelona would just have to wait about an hour. At the airport in Barcelona, if you go by Ryanair you have to take a free bus to connect to another airport (low cost).
The Amsterdam airport is huge, I even have to ask directions to find the exit. Everyone speaks English so it’s easy. On leaving I saw some people running on a wheel to help people with cancer. They looked like a hamster. I got a free coach to let me in Ibis, all coaches have given the hotel and are free.
I went to a hotel and the next morning I returned to the airport to catch the train from Amsterdam to Apeldoorn (trains have free wifi), an hour and a half away where I would find the person that I would get to me bring to the company. Train tickets are relatively expensive for Portugal as any public transport, but more if off, Should you need a pass and if you’re on top you have lots of student discounts.
On his return to Portugal all flights delayed due to snow which was fortunate for me because I was late to catch the train and would miss the plane. Due to delay in time of 2/3 hours drive it took 13 hours. At least put beds in airports and free coffee in Amsterdam, in Barcelona everything was closed, or coffee or anything, I check in and stay five hours without eating or taking anything.
Was it worth it, after a few weeks I received a positive response, I was very happy but at the same time worrying about how it will be now, I have to make and handle like go there plus three dogs, some normal fears, do not let is do not connect to the fears and go.
For anyone who is thinking of leaving for the Netherlands there are things that have to deal with before you go:
– Go to the job center if you are receiving unemployment benefits;
– Go to finance and social security, and communicate the output of the country;
– Set aside at least 30 days before all contracted services (electricity, water, telephone, TV, etc.);
– Go with someone to the post office so that it can lift our correspondence;
– Contact with a transport company to take things for our country, in my case took all our personal property, excluding furniture, but we opted to take the washing machine and dishwasher and lower budget was € 750. I never received budgets of € 2000 for it and try various options. In my case it was cheaper but it took almost a month to get there, so it should bring us clothes for a month;
– If you have dogs or cats is necessary to ask for a passport for each of them a veterinarian, vaccination record is a European. If the choice is the parents in England have to ask the same for six months in advance, are accurate blood tests for example, Holland is not necessary, just the passport.
– If you think hard drive if you want to take it or not. If you have the car for more than six months member name can change for the Netherlands Dutch registration without paying anything. The insurance and road tax are much more expensive (I’ll talk next blog).
We decided to do a road trip to Holland, were direct and linger 24h to reach the destination. It is not very expensive but it is very tiring, there are tolls to leave Portugal than in Spain to the Netherlands.
On arrival we already had an apartment in a holiday park waiting for us and slept about 12 hours.
In the next post I will talk about things to deal with when it comes to the Netherlands, costs and links to aid, etc.. Ask any question I will try to respond as quickly as possible.