Please help me in finding a proper city to live in Netherlands?
Me and my partner offer two position in two different cities in Netherlands, Enschede and Delft.
We would like to find a proper city between Enschede and Delft to live, considering traveling time and living expenses. I would be so thankful if anyone can help us:)
Question answered by blα blα
Well as you've seen, that it quite some travelling distance apart, even halfway by car. Even without traffic then this is 2hrs by car and by train 3.5hrs
I would suggest that you pick a place where you have a railway station on a main route so that one or both of you can travel by train, as owning two cars can be expensive at the best time times, (plus there are always going to be days like the annual check per year where you will have to travel by public transport because it's not like you can drop one another off at work :0)) plus the person driving to Delft will likely get stuck in the morning traffic jams
So if both of you are planning to share the travel time then I would suggest somewhere like Amersfoort or Apeldoorn. It is going to be cheaper than living in somewhere like Utrecht.
So if you were to live within cycling distance of the train station then the time & cost for train (return ticket with a monthly reduction card) and car (centre to centre and costs in petrol/gas for one way only, and without traffic, taking into consideration that the traffic around Delft & Utrecht is a nightmare in the morning/evening) would be as follows:
- between 1hr 24 and 1hr 38 and costs €15.40 by train
- approx 54mins and costs €12.58 by car
- between 2hrs 4 and 2hrs 24 and costs €19.00 by train
- approx 1hr 8mins and costs €16.58 by car
- between 1hr 50 and 2hrs 30 and costs €20.50 by train
- approx 1hr 21 and costs €18.75 by car
- 1hr 32 and costs €12.70 by train
- approx 48mins and costs €10.64 by car
To give you a comparison anyway of the travelling costs from Utrecht
- approx 1hr and costs €12.40 by train
- approx 54mins and costs €12.58 by car
- between 2hrs 6 and 2hrs 25 and costs €21.30 by train
- approx 42mins and costs €9.15 by car
Here are the sites so you can check possibilities for yourself and also using the exact addresses from your companies because of course there is additional travelling time/cost there which I could not calculate
http://journeyplanner.9292.nl/ - public transport planner
http://routenet.nl/ - planner by car (click British flag for English)
Then for an approx cost of rents you can try this site
http://www.funda.nl/WoningAanbod/Huur/Default.aspx (only in Dutch, fill in Amsterdam in "Locatie" and press "Zoeken" to find available rental places)
Huur is "rent" Then on the right hand side click the options:
- "Gemeubileerd" which means furnished
- "Appartement"- meaning apartment (of course!)
- "Aantal kamers" means how many rooms which you can choose if you want
- "Woonoppervlakte"- means living space in square meters
From a personal and practical experience, this kind of travelling time can really take a toll on your personal life as it eats into your personal time. I was travelling 1.5hrs by car on the same route every day for a long time and it was a killer for me (as public transport was almost 3 hours in total door to door). I grew to hate the route, hate the car etc etc. So I would advise you to rent only for the time being until you are both established. Then you can see if it is really something you could do long term, or if (if viable) one of you is going to look for a job closer to the other.
Over night gas station from Melbourne to Sydney?
I want to travel from Melbourne To Sydney in January, I'm leaving at 5:30 in car and plan to drive only stoping for gas and I don't know if the gas station on the road are going to be open.
Question answered by tori b
Probably 8/10 gas stations are open 24 hours on the way to Sydney from Melbourne. I drove there overnight and only one was closed...right when I was almost out of petrol... so just be safe and fill up whenever u can just in case the next one happens to be closed. It should only take 7-10 hours, depending how fast you drive, but be careful there are lots of speed cameras throughout NSW.
How does France compare with England?
Question answered by Francoise
France --- loads of paperwork which drive you crazy. Paperwork from different departments and authority such as : Caf, ANPE, Assedic, Conseil Gerneral, CPAM plus all kinds of attestations. And you have to keep all of them for years in case one day they ask you proof.
Britain --- Not much paperwork, everything can be sorted through the phone.
France --- You go to Préfecture to change car document, renew Identity card, apply passport.
Britain ---- You send your application and all things concerning cars and license to DVLA( Driver and Vehicle Licesnsing Agency ) and they send you the documents you apply for, providing that you pay the right fees.
France ----- all banks, post offices, shops, offices are closed between 12:00-- 14:00 for lunch. Even street car park are free for parking between these 2 hours. Shops all closed on Sunday. No supermarket opened for 24 hours. No petrol station opened for 24 hours except in the motorways. When at night , you need to fill up petrol in your car you must pay by credit or debit cards ( only French ones are accepted ) in automate filling station.
Britain ---- Nothing closed for lunch hour. Business and government offices opened from 9:00 --- 17:00 all day and shops are opened on Sunday ( include supermarket ) till 16:00 in cities. There are some supermarket chains opened 24 hours such as Tesco and Asda. 24 hours petrol filling station with attendants.
France --- Many people started to speak English or learnt it. In school, they have foreign languages to choose to learn. It's not like what deeply planted in people's head : the French will ignore you if you don't speak French.
Britain ---- People speak only English. Very few people are fluent in more than one language except those who work in professional fields where a second language is required.
France --- The Medical system is the best in Europe . You will have the proper treatments even if you are not rich. Dental treatment are free for those who are on low income. And it's easy and quick to see a doctor or a dentist. You can buy Mutual medical insurance for safetly if you are not 100% covered by the social service. Otherwise, every time you visit a doctor you pay 22€ excludes prescription.
Britain --- The NHS' s service is worse than a third world country. They made mistakes all the time. If you want to make an appointment with your General Practitioner, you have to wait a few days and dentists are the same. As for hospital appointments, you can wait for years. Prescription from NHS are low quality medicine or Genetic ones. If you want to see a private doctor , you have to be loaded as each visit will cost you at least £70 excludes prescription.
France ---- Cost of food is cheaper than Britain. Quality is higher and the choice is wider. Tax is high in all aspect. It's TVA and France is nicknamed ' The capital of tax'.
Britain --- Cost of food is pricey. Quality is medium unless you buy in expensive supermarket chains like Waitrose or Marks and Spencer. VAT ( value add tax ) is 17% for products and 22% for income or more for high earners.
France --- Motorways have a toll payment but are maintained in very high quality. Roads are smooth and clean plus interruption of your stero for accident report which occurred on the motorway you are drving. There is not road tax to pay.
Britain --- Motorways are free of toll charge but roads are bad with humps and holes. Road tax is paid yearly and the disc for payment must be sticked on the car screen.
France --- As France is twice bigger than Britain, there are more countryside and picturesque nature and less tall buildings thus less polluted.
Britian ---- In cities like London or Manchester you will see tall buildings but not skyscrappers like the U.S. There are still some beautiful seaside towns like Southend, Devon or wild greenish countryside like Somerset.
France --- Weather : Sunny and warm in summer, sunny and occaional rain in autumn and winter. Snowy in Les Alpes area in winter.
Britain ---- Rainy and overcast in summer and winter. Sunny occasionally in summer. Cold and snow in winter.
France --- The real French are very decent and nice. But too many are mixed up with other races. Some are Spanish, Italian, Portuguese etc. As for foreigners, the most headache problem is illegal immigrants from North Africa. The Arabic population is also another issue as the number is growing higher and higher. Romanian gangs is another cause of concern. Crime rate is quite high especially in the south.
Britain ---- Some Britsh are nice, some are rude, some are polite ,some are nasty. It depends on what kinds of people you meet. Muslim population is growing in Britain and cause a lot of discontent. There are all other races like the Polish, Indians, East Europeans, Asians etc. Crime rate is high especially in city like London. Gun shooting and knife stabbing occurred quite often last year.
Sydneysiders, were you shocked when you saw petrol prices today?
Question answered by dave
What was the price, here in Perth all Service Stations must notify the government of their price the day before and prices must remain for 24 hours.
Lucky I filled up last night at $1.37ltr.
what is the average price of unleaded petrol on motorways in northern France?
travelling by motorway from Calais to Epernay
Question answered by chapelgirl
The French Government have an official site where you can check the fuel prices and even work out the total cost of your journey. It's in French but still fairly easy for a non French-speaker to use. http://www.prix-carburants.gouv.fr/
The motorway filling stations are open al the time but if you take the other poster's advice and leave the motorway to refuel remember that petrol stations in towns or at supermarkets will be unmanned between the hours of about 12:00 and 14:30 and after about 19:30 and the 24/7 pay-at-pump machines will only accept French credit cards.
Tips on Pumping Petrol, Are these 4 fuel tips correct?
My line of work is in petroleum for about 31 years now, so here are some tricks to get more of your money's worth for every Litre:
Here at the Shell Pipeline where I work, we deliver about 4 million litres in
a 24-hour period .. One day is diesel the next day is jet fuel, and petrol, regular and premium grades.
We have 34-storage tanks here with a total capacity of 16,800,000 Litres.
1) Only buy or fill up your car or truck in the early morning when the ground temperature is still cold.
Remember that all service stations have their storage tanks buried below ground.
The colder the ground the more dense the petrol, when it gets warmer
petrol expands, so buying in the afternoon or in the evening.... your litre
is not exactly a litre.
In the petroleum business, the specific gravity and the temperature of the petrol, diesel and jet fuel, ethanol and other petroleum products plays an important role.
A 1-degree rise in temperature is a big deal for this business.
But the service stations do not have temperature compensation at the pumps.
2) When you're filling up do not squeeze the trigger of the nozzle to a fast mode.
If you look you will see that the trigger has three (3) stages: low, middle,
You should be pumping on low mode, thereby minimizing the vapours that are created while you are pumping.
All hoses at the pump have a vapour return. If you are pumping on the fast rate, some of the liquid that goes to your tank becomes vapour.
Those vapours are being sucked up and back into the underground storage tank so you're getting less worth for your money.
3) One of the most important tips is to fill up when your Petrol tank is HALF FULL.
The reason for this is the more Petrol you have in your tank the less air occupying its empty space. Petrol evaporates faster than you can imagine.
Petrol storage tanks have an internal floating roof.
This roof serves as zero clearance between the Petrol and the atmosphere,
so it minimizes the evaporation.
Unlike service stations, here where I work, every truck that we load is temperature compensated so that every litre is actually the exact amount.
4) Another reminder, if there is a petrol truck pumping into the storage tanks when you stop to buy Petrol, DO NOT fill up; most likely the petrol is being stirred up as the Petrol is being delivered, and you might pick up some of the dirt that normally settles on the bottom.
Question answered by fred35
Yes, all true. But bear in mind that vapour recovery from a 38,000 litre petrol tanker delivering to a petrol station has been stated to yield about 5 lires. Hardly a massive percentage. Driving a modern aerodynamic family car at 60 mph instead of 70 plus will typically give another 4 to 8 mpg on a motorway. Obeying the speed limits on mixed driving and avoiding harsh acceleration will do the same.
Ex petroleum industry insider.
Engine management light-catalytic converter question?
Ok so bought a 2001 hyundai accent 1.3 last monday with 88k miles on the clock due for a service at 95k miles.After about 3 hours in total of driving the check engine management light came on.A friend disconnected the battery and it went off,24 hours later it popped back up again while driving. I brought i to a local mechanic but he was russian with REALLY bad english, lovely guy but could barrely understand a word he was saying.Basically from what i got was after he had plugged it into the diagnostic machine,, there is a minor problem with the catalytic converter,he truned it off and said to come back it it comes back on again.So today(4days later) while driving again it came back on.Now i looked up online,it said it could be bad petrol, its been filled in to differnt stations,,the first when it was bought, not sure about that place as i have never used it before, the second station i use all the time,, so don't think its bad quality.The other thing it said was the CAt is not getting hot enough and to drive it at high speeds for a while,, ive been driving it at pretty high speed anyways.The car is running like a dream,not smoky,seems like nothing is wrong with it.I wont be able to get it to a garage till monday (ill be driving a different car till then)
Any ideas what it might be?whats the worst case senario and could it be something major?Just want to know so i wont have a major shock when going to pay for this..
And please we are not all mechanics and know heaps about cars so please only helpful comments and know smart answers,,ill be bringing it to a garage just want to know what im in for is all.....
Thanks in advance:)
Oh and BTW it was a private sale for 800 bucks as a first car for the other half so dont really have a comeback on it.
Question answered by Blair
First off it is okay to drive the car as long as the amber engine light is not flashing . From what you said the worse case scenario would be a code p0420 which means the catalytic convertor is not doing it's job and will have to be replaced and that can be pricey . But does not affect the way the car runs just the emissions out the tailpipe .
Some Fuel Saving Tips?
TIPS ON FILLING YOUR CARS (Good information)
I don't know what you guys are paying for petrol.... but here in
Durban we are also paying higher, up to R7.35 per litre. But my line of work is in petroleum for about 31 years now, so here are some tricks to get more of your money's worth for every litre.
Here at the Marian Hill Pipeline where I work in
Durban, we deliver about 4 million litres in a 24-hour period thru the pipeline. One day is diesel the next day is jet fuel, and petrol, LRP and Unleaded. We have 34-storage tanks here with a total capacity of 16,800,000 litres.
Only buy or fill up your car or bakkie in the early morning :
When the ground - temperature is still cold. Remember that all service stations have their storage tanks buried below ground. The colder the ground the more dense the fuel, when it gets warmer petrol expands, so buying in the afternoon or in the evening....your litre is not exactly a litre. In the petroleum business, the specific gravity and the temperature of the
petrol, diesel and jet fuel, ethanol and other petroleum products plays an important role. A 1-degree rise in temperature is a big deal for this business. But the service stations do
not have temperature compensation at the pumps.
When you're filling up do not squeeze the trigger of the nozzle to a fast mode.
If you look you will see that the trigger has three (3) stages: low, middle, and high. In slow mode you should be pumping on low speed, thereby minimizing the vapours that are created while you are pumping. All hoses at the pump have a vapour return. If you are pumping on the fast rate, some of the liquid that goes to your tank becomes vapour. Those vapours are being sucked up and back into the underground storage tank so you're getting less worth for your money.
One of the most important tips is to fill up when your tank is HALF FULL.
The reason for this is, the more fuel you have in your tank the less air occupying its empty space. Petrol evaporates faster than you can imagine.
Petroleum storage tanks have an internal floating roof. This roof serves as zero clearance between the petrol and the atmosphere, so it minimizes the evaporation.
Unlike service stations, here where I work, every truck that we load is temperature compensated so that every litre is actually the exact amount.
Another reminder, if there is a fuel truck pumping into the storage tanks when you stop to buy, DO NOT fill up
- Most likely the petrol/diesel is being stirred up as the fuel is being delivered, and you might pick up some of the dirt that normally settles on the bottom.
Hope this will help you get the most value
for your money.
Info - compliments of Styvies......
No he is not the guy who works for the pipelines.....lol...
Hehe - Inno - no its not me its an email that styvies received and sent to me...
Question answered by Turniton6
Nice one, much appreciated!
Another tip is to try not to over rev through your gears, try keep below 3500 revs before changing, you will be quite surprised how much that will save.
are petrol station open in france on Sunday?
Question answered by beautiful sadness
Urban stations, perhaps. The supermarkets such as Champion and Intermarché open until midday. Nothing in the countryside seems to be open on Sundays, apart from bakers and cafés and this is often only in the morning.
petrol stations on the autoroutes are usually open 24 hours a day.
The supermarket pumps can be used 24 hours a day, with a credit card, but many of them don't recognise foreign cards; you may need to have a French 'carte bleu'.
Pump prices can vary from, for unleaded 95, 1,30€ per litre at Leclerc (i filled up there today) 1,34€ at Champion, 1,38€ on the autoroute and anything up to 1,42€ in small-town places and on main 'nationale' roads.
If you are filling your tank right up, it can be worth deviating from a main road into a town; 8 cents per litre doesn't sound much, but if you put 60 litres in, that means nearly 5 EUROS difference!!
What's hours daily in Russia ?
What's hours daily in Russia :At any hour, starts work every day in Russia and at any hour ends and what is their weekly day of rest please
Question answered by MARC
many places are closed sundays. saturdays are often shortened hours, especially shops in our city centre. 2 pm is the end of saturdays, usually. some banks are totally off on saturday and sunday. 9am to 5pm or 6 pm 17:00 or 18:00 as everything is posted in 24 hour time. food shops run from 7am to 8, 9, or10 pm. a few are round the clock. nonstop, 24 hours, etc. schools are not cast in stone. usually first lesson is 8:00, but some pupils may not come until 10:00. some get off 2pm, 3pm etc, some come back for evening classes. most live 4 or 5 blocks away and walk. no soccer moms here...
government offices are usually 8 or 9 to 5. our post office is open until 7pm. (petrol) or gas stations are 24 hours, but sometimes shut down for 15-20 minutes for bookwork. if a tanker truck is delivering gas, you can't buy until he is finished filling their tanks.
some offices cling to an old soviet day of closing 12-2pm or 1 to 3 pm, then opening 'til 5 or 6 pm.but this practice is rapidly disappearing.
it may be of interest- shop assistants and others work a week, are off a week, then work again. some do two weeks on then two weeks off...