The Newcomers Podcast
The Newcomers Podcast
E28: Nkechi Runsewe on immigrating being her most difficult adult experience
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E28: Nkechi Runsewe on immigrating being her most difficult adult experience

"No one really prepares you."

Imagine for a moment you are on the metro headed to work. Suddenly, the bus lurches to a stop, and the driver makes an announcement in Dutch. And everyone hurriedly gets down.

You try to ask them, but everyone seems to be in a hurry to get off the bus.

What would you do? I would probably get off the bus scared and all. Nkechi Runsewe was no different.

“They say everyone in The Netherlands speaks English. But the system is designed for those who speak or can read Dutch.”

On this episode of The Newcomers Podcast, Nkechi and I chat about:

  • The overwhelming supermarket moment

  • Going to a country as a tourist vs. going there as a local

  • Dealing with change

  • The amazing Nigerian community in Amsterdam and how they helped her settle in

  • The tradeoffs when choosing between putting her kids in the Dutch school system vs. the International school system

  • The importance of replacing the traditions you took for granted back home with new ones

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