I’m moving to Amsterdam for 2 years

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As some of you may already know, I’m moving to Amsterdam for 2 years! My girlfriend found a job in the Netherlands and I’m really happy to experience living and working from abroad. Switzerland is nice, but sometimes you gotta move! So I’ll be leaving Lausanne by the end of August for the big-bike-friendly city.

Usually I’m writing in French on this blog, but I want my new readers (the Dutch…) to be able to understand my posts too. So get used to it! Hey Romands, you’d prefer me to write in dutch or what?

This is the introduction post. I’ll try to describe my transition to the flatland on a weekly basis. Because there is still a lot of thing to do before even getting there.

The checklist

Below you’ll find my checklist. I’ll try to write a post about each of these items. But I can’t promise anything,

  1. Inform myself about the country (culture, cheese)
  2. Know the admin stuff (immigration laws, taxes, etc) – the annoying stuff
  3. Find a flat
  4. Find a job (or a digital one)
  5. Find friends (?)
  6. But first of all, LEARN DUTCH!

Since I’ve never been to the Netherlands and (almost) don’t know anyone there, don’t be shy. Share your tips, your connections, the name of your favorite Gouda shop! See you soon in Amsterdam.

Yann Graf
I am an experienced Digital Strategy Consultant based in Switzerland. After over seven year respectfully crafting and improving the digital presence of Terre des hommes, Nautilus and G-Star Raw, I am now a freelancer. Please have a look at my Portfolio


  • Urte Tegtmeyer says:

    Dear Yann, wish you good luck and a good start in Amsterdam. You did a good choice, it is a beautiful city!
    All the best, Urte

  • Xavier says:

    Bon vent ! Profite bien de ce voyage à l’étranger ! Ca sera l’occasion pour toi de participer à @SwissEverywhere 🙂

  • Yann Graf says:

    Thank you Urte!

    Xavier: volontiers mais on va attendre que je sois sur place 😉