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Tips for Relocating to Amsterdam

Amsterdam is the capital of the Netherlands and is well known for its liberal culture and reliance on the bicycle. Being one of Europe’s many centers of finance, this is an exceptional city to move to, both for business and pleasure.

thesqua.re has many serviced apartments in Amsterdam that provide exceptional amenities that make them completely homely. Serviced accommodations are better than rentals as most of the paperwork is all taken care of and there’s no deposit.

Here are our tips for relocating to Amsterdam:

Learn Dutch

Studying a new language can be an arduous but enlightening task. However, most locals will know English so you don’t have to worry about getting around as most will be able to help. Your job will require you to be able to speak and write Dutch which means you’ll need a teacher. Get lessons before you go (maybe you have a Dutch friend who can help?) or look up local schools in the city close to your dream property.

Organise documents, permits and paperwork

Make sure your paperwork is all in order before you go, it will save a lot of hassle later. You’ll need your passport (can’t go far without that), birth certificate, marriage certificate and any other legal documents. All paperwork should be authenticated and some pieces may be required in Dutch (check beforehand). If you live outside the EU/EEA then you’ll need your entrance visa, residence permit and work permit.

Find out the cost of living in Amsterdam

The cost of living in Amsterdam varies on your budget and living expenses. In short if you spend recklessly, then you’re going to pay more. However, if you’re prudent then you’re clearly going to save more. Do some digging on the web to see what your monthly costs could come to. We’ve done a bit of searching for you and found this site.

Set up a new bank account

You’ll need to open up a Dutch bank account when you arrive in the Netherlands so you can get paid your salary and pay for food and other expenses. You can set up a bank account in person or electronically. Be sure to have ID on you when you open your account. Do some research to find the bank that’s suitable for you.

Find the best health insurance provider

You are legally obliged to take out standard health insurance if you work and pay income tax in the Netherlands. Comparison sites can help you find the right deal. We suggest these ones: ZorgWijzer.nl, Zorgverzekering Informatie Centrum and Independer.

Exchange your driving license

Be aware that you can use your current driving license in Amsterdam for a certain period of time, after which you will have to register and obtain a Dutch one. If you possess a EU/EFTA license then it will be valid for 15 years from the date of issue, whereas if you are from outside the EU your license will only be valid for six months from the date you … Read More

Most Picturesque Lake of Udaipur – Lake Pichola through Palace on Wheels

Rudyard Kipling had described Lake Pachola in Letters of Marque (1899), “If the Venetian owned the Pichola Lake, he might say with justice, `see it and die’.

Lake Pichola is one of the most beautiful and picturesque lake of Rajasthan, India. Built by Pichhu Banjara the lake is situated in Udaipur. Pichola lake is 3 miles in length, 2 miles in width and has depth of 30 feet.

This is a place where you can stroll while admiring the scenic beauty  with the perfect backdrop of lush green hills. This place leaves you searching for fancy words to capture its exquisiteness. On the shore of the lake Maharana Udai Singh constructed a stone made dam.

The lake is surrounded by palaces, temples, bathing ghats and hills. From the Machhala Magra hill one can see the Eklinggarh Fort. Mohan Mandir is situated in the north-east corner of Lake Pichola.

How to Reach Pichola Lake?

Udaipur is well connected by rail route from Delhi, Jaipur, Ajmer, Chittorgarh, Jodhpur and Ahmedabad and the railway station is about 3 Km from the city centre. Another major attraction is traveling by the Palace on Wheels train. It is world’s one of the leading luxury trains.

The train starts from New Delhi to Jaipur, Ranthambhore, Chittorgarh, Udaipur, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur , Bharatpur, Agra and then finally reaches New Delhi. It is a eight day tour and includes off board meals in some of the luxury hotels and fine dinning restaurants of India.

You can feel of royalty onboard while traveling in the Palace on Wheels train. The tour includes world famous monuments and tiger safari at the National Park, boat ride at Lake Pichola, sand dunes in Jaisalmer with Camel Safari and sites including UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

What to See Around Lake Pichola?

Jag Mandir Palace: Located at the heart of Lake Pichola, Jag Mandir Palace is an epitome of serenity. Enjoy a candlelight dinner with your beloved here, as the cool breeze passes through your hair.

Arsi Vilas: Want to spend some time in solitude? Enjoy some exclusive moments with your special ones at the Arsi Vilas island. As the sky plays with colors during the dusk, watch a variety of birds like coots, egrets, cormorants, kingfishers and teens joyously return to nest.

City Palace: The City Palace of Udaipur stands with pride at the banks of Lake Pichola. The palatial Palace is exquisitely beautiful with a golden dome, Chinese hanging gardens and a museum of crystals.

Boat Ride: The real beauty of taking a tourist boat trip in Lake Pichola is the feeling that you are getting a personalized experience. There is no defined route that the boat tours follow. As you sail through the crystalline waters of the Lake, the sublime beauty of the nature touches your heart and soul.

Where to Stay?

There are many hotels and resorts in close proximity to the lake. There are rooftop terrace restaurants that have the most beautiful view over Lake Pichola.

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Trainer styles to look out for in 2018

Trainers are a staple for mens streetwear style. They can add a fresh look to your streetwear style, and you can never have too many of them. Here are some trainer styles to look out for in 2018:

 

Bulky trainers

Bulky trainers are staying for this season. Have a look trainers such as Kanye West’s Adidas Yeezy Boost 700 to the Adidas YUNG 1. Think of pairing it up with fitted tracksuit for that statement look in casual wear.

 

The return of the retro look

We all wish at times we can go back to the 1990s, and it looks like it can be granted. We will see the return of trainers and colours from the late 1990s. Nike Air Max Gundam ‘98 has been re-released in its full glory in its classic red, white, and royal blue colour, and have already been selling out by sneakerheads. Or you can look at New Balance Classics M574 for that classic retro look. You can pair it up with washout jeans and a casual T-shirt for this throwback style.

 

Eco-trainers

 With fashion constantly innovating, and sustainability being its main focus and becoming increasingly important to younger generations. It is inevitable this would eventually reach to the world of trainers. Nike has already leaped onto this bandwagon with their Flyleather range, and boasting that this range reduces 80% of the carbon footprint compared to traditional leather. Also, Nike Flyleather is five times more durable than full grained leather after conducting an abrasion test. Recently on the runway, Stella McCartney championed ethical fashion by using special stitching instead of glue for her Glueless Running trainers.

Pair these eco-trainers with your relaxed leg trousers and bomber jacket, and you’ll look fly.

Innovative fabrics

 Yes, there has been many reworked vintage styles in the works from the big brands. Innovation has always continued underneath the radar especially in 3D printing. Word on the grapevine is Adidas intends to utilise Carbon 4D for their Futurecraft range. Adidas champions this technology, as it reduces waste with its laser precision, and it can produces their sneakers in record time. Have a peak at Adidas Y-3 Runner 4D for the current state of the art meets science look.

Try to go a minimalist and sporty look with this trainers. Think fitted neutral joggers and relaxed hoodie.

Collaborations

Collaborations between sport brands and designers seems to be the current trend for this year. The New Balance for J.Crew 998 sneakers have already been sold out, and there are no signs of slowdown in collaborations this year. We have Adidas x Kolor (a Japanese retailer) release this year, called adiZero Prime Boosts, and not only they look stylish but they look great with their eye popping colours and modern materials.

You can pair the likes of these trainers in black hoodie and bomber jacket, and black jeans if you want to keep your look understated and let those trainers do the talking.… Read More

5 Essentials to Pack for A Healthy Holiday

Heading off on holiday? Whether you plan to lie on the beach all day, or explore an exciting new city, prepare for any eventuality with the health checked packing list!

Hand sanitiser

Airports, airplanes, public transport and hotels etc. can be breeding zones for germs. This isn’t because they’re not clean,  but more because there’s always such a large volume of people in and going through them!

It goes without saying that washing your hands with soap and water is the best way to kill germs, but, you might not always be near a water source when you are out and about on holiday. Pack a hand sanitiser that will help keep germs at bay.

Fitness Clothing

It might not be the number one priority, but packing fitness clothing is always a good idea. When you get up and workout on holiday, you’ll have way more energy to explore. Plus, you will come back feeling great and in shape – rather then exhausted and heavy like most of us usually do. 

Medication

It’s important to check your prescriptions are up to date and that you have enough medicine to last you the trip. It is always worth taking extra with you in case your flight is delayed on the way home.

It may also be useful to take a separate list of your medications with you, and to bring basics with you, just as painkillers etc. If you know you’re prone to heartburn, for example, bring some heartburn relief tablets with you. This can save you discomfort and time trying to find specific medications while you’re away  – which you would probably pay a premium for!

 Suncream

Whether your destination is sunny or not, if you will be spending any time outdoors on your holiday, pack and use sunscreen to protect your skin.  Ultraviolet (UV) rays can penetrate through even a cloudy sky, and without applying sunscreen for protection you will increase your risk of sunburn, wrinkles and skin cancer.

It’s important to remember that your skin can be harmed by sun exposure, whether or not you see a burn.

Always be prepared

It’s very, very important to check your travel and health insurance is up to date before you travel. Find country-specific advice at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and have a chat with your doctor before you fly if you have any concerns.

Holidays can be really easily ruined if you fall ill and have no protection!

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8 Things NOT to Do When You’re a Tourist in Mexico City

Plenty of people are having the time of their lives staying in luxury villa rentals in Mexico. This country is one of the favorite tourist destinations in the world, as it just surpassed Turkey, ranking 8th most popular travel destination worldwide.

However, it is also true that your behavior should suit where you are. That’s especially true if you’re vacationing in Mexico City, which is not the same as spending your holidays in Cancun. So if you’re in the nation’s capital, here are some don’ts you need to keep in mind:

  1. Don’t Bring Your Passport and Visa with You While Exploring the City

This is actually a rule that applies to anywhere you go while you’re on vacation. Just carry along a color photocopy of your documents just in case. Losing your real papers here can get you hopelessly entangled in Mexican bureaucracy, and you may even get fined if you lose your paper tourist visa. Just leave them in a safe place in your villa or hotel room.

  1. Don’t Drink in the Streets

While this is the kind of behavior that’s not uncommon in Cancun or Puerto Vallarta, it’s actually illegal in the whole country. In Mexico City, public drunkenness won’t be tolerated by local police even if you’re a tourist. Just think of it as like being in NYC or LA, where it’s not allowed either.

  1. Don’t Dine Before 9PM

In many Latin countries, dinner time is comparatively later compared to other countries. That’s also true here in Mexico City. If you enter a restaurant at 6PM for dinner, you may find yourself in the lonely position of dining alone.

  1. Don’t Eat by the Main Tourist Spots

Yes, it is true that compared to many of the other Western cities the cost of living here in Mexico City is more affordable. But you should try to avoid the exorbitant prices of the dining establishments near places like the Bellas Artes and the Zocalo. Just walk a bit further where the restaurants charge more reasonable fees.

On the other hand, it may be worthwhile to pay the high prices charged by the café above the Sears right in front of the Bellas Artes. The same goes for the Torre Latinoamericana. That’s because the views they offer are so fantastic they can be the highlight of your entire visit.

  1. Don’t Just Drink Corona

Come on, be adventurous. Sure it’s a popular beer in Mexico, and it’s the beer of choice of Vince Diesel’s character in the Fast and Furious franchise. But you need to expand your beer horizons. Try a Bohemia, Leon, or a basic Victoria. Mexican craft ales are great as well.

  1. Don’t Just Get Rid of Your Loose Change

These are important in Mexico City, especially in buses which may only accept the exact fare amount. You’ll also need them for corner shops and tacos for snacks. Don’t just leave them in your villa when you go out.

  1. Don’t Forget to Wash Your Hands First before
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