And the Answer is…

And the Answer is...

πŸ‡³πŸ‡±πŸ‡³πŸ‡±πŸ‡³πŸ‡± The Netherlands! πŸ‡³πŸ‡±πŸ‡³πŸ‡±πŸ‡³πŸ‡±

Here are my answer to Clue #3 and Clue #4.

The Netherlands Should Get First and Second Place!
I mean, even the Dutch army don't wear orange.
Sergeant Hurd is the BEST!

I have to admit any time I see Dutch athletes, I always say, “Even the Dutch army don’t wear orange!” The Olympics is so fun!

Congratulations to all who guessed correctly on my round of Where to Invade Next! You guys are good!

Some Other Updates:

The Netherlands isn’t going to be a permanent solution. It’s the best option in the EU for now. The Netherlands has the Dutch American Friendship Treaty which is a good pathway into migrating to the EU. I guess you never know when one of your passports will come in handy. I want to get my EU citizenship back, and the Netherlands doesn’t allow dual nationality. While I am living there, I will be able to assess different countries in the EU that do allow dual nationality and move to one of them someday. It shouldn’t be too hard to get permanent residence in the EU either. They might take into account that we have lived in the EU (including pre-Brexit Britain) for about 15 years. So, we might get fast-tracked to permanent residence. We are building a strategy, but we know laws can change at the drop of a hat.

I can’t say for sure when we will be moving, but it will definitely be sometime this year. Additionally, my Mum needs a hip and knee replacement this year. We are going to go to another country to get it because there is no way my Mum can get that surgery in Canada. There is a two-year waitlist, which she can’t get on yet because we don’t qualify for healthcare and she can’t wait that long to get it.

We also found out even Canadian citizens have to pay about $28,000 CAD for orthopedic surgery. Note: Other surgeries in Canada are paid for through the healthcare system, but orthopedic surgery has recently changed. It’s the most expensive type of surgery and now requirements for paying for it out-of-pocket are being implemented. We met someone recently who had gone to Lithuania for a hip and knee replacement at a fraction of the price and two months after the surgery, he was walking in the snow and ice!

Another note: this information keeps changing and it’s what we have found out right now. So, don’t take it as the Alpha and the Omega.

Future Posts:

Before I leave, I will do my best to finish my Parks Challenge. Additionally, I have a few other posts about Canada and expat/TCK life that I still want to do. I will also be doing posts on learning Dutch. I know that they learn English to a high level there, but so what? Moving to another country and not bothering to learn the language, or travelling without trying to learn some basic words and phrases of their language is rude. That’s a universal rule. Frankly, people like that get on my nerves and I question their upbringing.

Note: I am going to be honest about why we have had to leave. When I hear the Canadian government talking about how they want to welcome more immigrants, I laugh! There are problems on provincial and federal levels! We just got a survey from Statistics Canada about healthcare, and my Mum and I let them know if they want highly skilled migrants, they need to do a better job! Highly skilled migrants know how to compare countries and they will go elsewhere!

That being said, some of my readers seem to be under the impression that I don’t like Canada anymore. That’s absolutely not true! My emotions have been rather intense since concluding we had to move. It’s not the people or the culture that’s the problem. It’s immigration, healthcare and economic systems that are not in our favour. Although that seems to be true for anyone in Canada, regardless of whether they are citizens. I am going to come back to Canada for the eclipse in 2024, and for other things. Canada is one of my homes now, and I have no regrets at all about moving here!

Hope you are all doing well!

34 thoughts on “And the Answer is…

  1. I was studying now and out of nowhere thought I haven’t checked your blog for the answer! lol!
    Congrats on moving to the EU. I hope at the end you end up somewhere sunny with an easier language and flat houses (Mostly what I can remember from there are 6-9 story townhouses everywhere and very tall people! lol). But besides the rainy and cold weather, it is definitely one of the best countries to live in the EU, specially as you mentioned yourself, because of their English language skills.

    1. Thank you! Even if I don’t end up someplace sunny, I can at least travel to get some sun when I need it. It does help with English language skills, but I am coming along with learning Dutch. I will be posting about my progress on that. Thanks for commenting πŸ™‚

  2. I may be biased (because I’m Dutch), but the Netherlands sounds like a great country to move to, even if it is temporary. That’s too bad that Canada didn’t work out for you. The whole health care situation is a hot mess even before the pandemic. I feel for those that have needed an elective surgery as the backlog and waiting lists are horrendous. And who knows what will happen if there’s a new and more severe variant. Best of luck with the move.

    1. Well, if you are ever in the Netherlands, feel free to get in touch! I have reached the point I feel sorry for anyone in Canada regardless of their background and whether they are citizens. It’s not the general population’s fault that things are a mess. This is why I hate bureaucracy. Just the fact we met someone here who went to Lithuania for the same surgery my Mum needs speaks volumes. Thanks for commenting πŸ™‚

      1. For sure! I have family in the northern part of the Netherlands in Groningen and try to visit every few years. We talk about how lucky we are to have great health care coverage in Canada, but what’s not so great are the wait times. It was a mess even before the pandemic. During the pandemic COVID patients seemed to be the priority, which was extremely frustrating because most of the ones in the ICU were unvaccinated. Don’t even get me started on the housing market!!

      2. I do find Canadian healthcare providers to be incredible people though and trained to such a high standard. I can see too that they really believe in publice healthcare. I will never forget them. When Mum was in the hospital, she loved all the people who took care of her, and they loved her too. I can certainly see why people are angry about COVID-19 patients monopolizing healthcare after they have funded this healthcare system. I actually have some stuff to say about housing after lived in three countries with similar problems. Btw, how good is your Dutch? If you want to practice together, let me know. It’s looking like a strong possibility we will be moving to Maastricht, but we’ll see

      3. I completely agree about how many of our healthcare workers are great at their jobs and are just amazing people in general. My mom and one of my sisters are actually nurses.

        My Dutch is not the greatest. I tried learning it a few years ago through Duolingo, but didn’t get very far. I’d be willing to try to pick it up again though and practice with you! That’s exciting that you’ve narrowed down where you might be moving to.

      4. You’re Mum and sister are heros! I could never do a job like that. I’m actually learning Dutch through Duolingo. Among the TCK community, the consensus is, Duolingo is a great source, but it depends on whether you already know a language or starting out. Duolingo is great for starting out. You can go to my contact page for my email and we can go from there

  3. Congratulations on choosing to move to Europe. I can only find good things to say about the Netherlands and I think the quality of life is quite decent. Like everywhere there will be advantages and disadvantages but if everything goes well it gives you bright prospects.

    1. Thank you! I am looking forward to going back to Europe. Countries are run by people, so they are never perfect, but there are some places that are truly amazing. Thanks for commenting πŸ™‚

  4. Best of luck wherever you end up. Too bad Canada did not work out. Sorry, eh? The whole world is a S— show right now. Covid has not been kind to mental health in general. Perhaps that is the worst legacy it will leave. Stay well, stay safe and stay happy. Allan

    1. In some ways, I think COVID-19 did everyone a favour by showing what’s really wrong with the world. It’s now up to us all what we do about it. Thanks for commenting πŸ™‚

  5. My best wishes to you on your next move! I do hope and pray that you will have access to all the information and services that you need. Let the new adventure begin!

    1. We did learn about that yes. I have got input from people there that they go to another EU country if there are problems. Thank goodness for the free movement benefits! Thanks for commenting πŸ™‚

      1. Definitely. Also, my Dad is going to be moving with us. Medical tourism is quite typical in Europe because of allowing free movement and it’s a more accepted practice

    1. I do know that is true for surgery in general. I will correct that. But we found out recently that orthapedic surgery has changed here. We found that out from someone who decided to go to Lithuania for orthapedic surgery because the price was significantly lower

      1. Hmm, there seems to something else to this because that’s not what we have found and we have been staying up to date on this for the past year or so. This is why it’s so weird when these things change at the drop of a hat. Anyway, I corrected my info to the best of what we know, and it wasn’t to deliberately misinform

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