One thing I like about living in Eindhoven

There is a lot I don’t like about Eindhoven, but recently I realised that I actually like something about Eindhoven. I like that it is to far from Schiphol, the big Dutch airport for early morning flights. Because of this I get to stay the day before flying in Amsterdam.

Sometimes I stay with friends which is very nice, but a few times I decided to stay in a hotel with a free shuttle service to airport. So the last time I flew I choose for Van der Valk Schiphol again. I don’t get money for promoting them, but still I like to tell you what I like about the day before flying.

Check in time is at 2 O’clock the earliest. I try to be there around to to check in on time and enjoy my stay for the fullest.

After check in and putting my Luggage in the room. I go to the restaurant for my free drink and a small bite. The small bite is not free but good. After that I head to the swimming pool for a swim. If you are there early it’s not that busy. I swim for an hour and then head to the Welness for the sauna and turkish steam thing. A plus of this is that in the Welness and swimmingpool swim gear must be on all times. In Holland this is not normal for Welness, but I like it. Nothing to see what you don’t want to see.

Soaked and happy I retrieve to my room for some reading in the bathtube. Such a nice treat. After a good night sleep I am more then ready to fly.

Do you have a ritual before flying?

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Market the attention trigger

When I go somewhere I always find out when there is a market. I love to browse markets. The market gives you a sense of life and gives you a little insight into the city and its people.

You have scant markets with only fruit, fish and cheese stalls and you have large markets such as Arnhem, Amsterdam and Utrecht where you can spend hours looking around.

You have weekly markets or what I call yuppies markets which are markets with food and handmade items. These are usually expensive markets, but fun to browse. Both types of markets attract different types of people. The weekly market people come for the daily groceries and at the yuppies markets people come as a day out. The yuppies markets often also have music and eateries where you can sit by a fire in winter.

Abroad, I usually buy fruit and snacks from the market to taste. At the larger farmers’ markets abroad you will often also find live animals that are negotiated. This is a very nice spectacle to watch those negotiations. In addition, in the South American markets people also walk in traditional clothing from the surrounding villages. You look your eyes out. Sometimes you are lucky and a local or a maternity seller wants to explain to you which costumes come from which village. Insiders information to feast on.

Unfortunately, the weekly market in Eindhoven is less exciting. A few vegetables, fruit, nuts, fabrics, fish and cheese stalls and then you’ve had it. The six months that I lived in Arnhem, I was spoiled with the big market practically at my door with everything and everything. That was worth a weekly outing.

I can’t wait for my next market abroad!

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Working from everywhere

I don’t have an office. My office is my laptop, my mobile phone and the cloud (for storage of my files). So even in Holland I am free to work from everywhere. And I do that also a lot. Sometimes I go to Amsterdam, Rotterdam or other city just to work from there and most of the time I combine that with being a tourist in my own country by visiting something or taking a tour.

In Utrecht my favorite places to work from are:

On the road I develop my own favorite places, most of the time this is:

  • My hotel/hostel room
  • Lobby of the hotel/hostel
  • Small cafes
  • Parks
  • Co-working spaces

Challenges

With this lifestyle there are a few challenges to overcome:

  • I myself struggled with staying grounded, so I decided to keep a room in Holland where I can always return to, to call home.
  • Other issues nomads struggle with are that in order to have health insurance, have your company subscribed to a country. You have to have an address, except if you live in Estonia. There they have e-citizenship. Later on in the summer Eunice Frijde and I will be making short movies about why the Netherland should also introduce e-citizenship. You can also help by signing this petition.
  • Another thing that can be difficult, but don’t have to be is maintaining long distance relationships with friends, family and lovers. If people are not familiar with internet or don’t like it, it will be difficult to keep contact. Both party have to be willing to put the effort to keep this relationships sane.
  • If instead of having your own company, you work in contract for others it can be difficult to obtain a working visa in some countries.

The future

With more and more people not getting that lifetime contract and the pension being more and more a myth. More and more people will be starting to work location independent or at least work from contract to contract even if that is in the same town. So we should be working on the rules of countries to accommodate this lifestyle.

What else?

There is going to be a first ever international conference for Digital Nomads (DNX) in Berlin, 1 august 2015. Also there is a cruise ship leaving from Gran Canaria to Brazil full of digital nomads going on a digital detox (because of the prices of internet on board ). It’s a cool cruise and cheap. So if you are interested to know more about the lifestyle you can join them or connect with me. I am more the willing to tell you more about my lifestyle.

And to answer the question in the title I call myself a data nomad, because I travel a lot, even in Holland I travel a lot and I work from project to project on data-analysis, data-cleaning, data-visualization and WordPress website. So even my work is nomadic and I love that, being able to work with different people and different project all year round.

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