Bruges, in Belgium, is so astounding in its beauty that it's often referred to as the Venice of the North. With its friendly locals you'll feel right at home living in Bruges, and you'll never be bored, not least of all due to the fascinating architectural and cultural offerings. The historic city center was declared a national monument in 1959, and the whitewashed cottages on their own, surrounded by protective walls, are a sight to behold. It can be tough acclimatizing to any new country that you've recently moved to, but the InterNations website has some resources that will help to make life as easy as possible for expats living in Bruges. The forums and discussion topics, of which there are currently more than 1,000 online, which the InterNations community have created, offer tips and hints for living somewhere foreign for the first time.
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It's possible to find specific information about Bruges from members of the InterNations community who are expatriates living in Bruges themselves, but most of the available content offers handy tips about general life abroad on an international scale - teaching you how to break down cultural barriers, and letting you know that support is readily at hand. Moving anywhere new can prove to be a demanding challenge, and that's why InterNations has spent the last few years building up a network of like-minded expatriates who have moved to live abroad. If you want someone to get in touch with about your experiences, there will be a member of InterNations who is willing to talk, whether you need help, or you want to offer other expatriates some hints yourself.
After you've got settled in Bruges, the next step is to track down a job if you haven't already got one lined up. The forums and discussion threads can help you track down the relevant information, as can the articles of InterNations' Expat Magazine. The articles can offer an invaluable helping hand for your work abroad, whether you are looking to start up your own business, want to gain some experience working as a volunteer, hope to navigate your way through the difficulties of self-employment or you're looking for steady full time work. If you've found yourself a job, or your move is related to an assignment from your employer, InterNations can help there too, with advice on navigating business cultures abroad, understanding the financial implications of working overseas, and knowing how to make the most of the career benefits that working abroad can present.