Apeldoorner Remco (34) emigrated to Oslo for love: ‘I now even dream in Norwegian’

There are few good enough reasons to leave Apeldoorn. But sometimes abroad beckons very hard. And so some people from Apeldoorn pack their bags to try their luck in another country. Such as Remco Lotens (34), who was born and raised in Apeldoorn. In 2003 he moved permanently from the Apeldoorn center for love to Oslo, the capital of Norway.

Lives by the Oslofjord

Remco lives with his girlfriend Marit (33), whom he met at a bar in Oslo in 2009, their son Matheo (2) and their dog Amina (9), five minutes’ walk from the famous Oslofjord. He is – in his own words – completely integrated in Norway. “I speak Norwegian fluently. It took about four years. I even dream in Norwegian now. I’m teaching my son a little Dutch, but it’s very difficult because I speak 95 percent Norwegian,’ says Remco.

Remco now works as a carpenter for high society in Oslo and the surrounding area. “When I put together a kitchen worth 150,000 euros, there should be no miscommunication. Then you lose your customer here. I am completely Norwegian, except for my passport.”

Remco and Marit with the dog Amina. Own picture.

I am teaching my son a little Dutch, but it is very difficult because I speak 95 percent Norwegian

Remco

A Norwegian love at the campsite on Ameland

Remco’s Norwegian love story started on Ameland. “I came to Ameland with a few friends at the campsite. There I met a girl with a Norwegian boyfriend. I had a relationship with her first. In 2003 I moved to Norway for this girl. Unfortunately, the relationship ended after two years. Fortunately, we are still friends. I worked as a carpenter for her father.”

Own company

“When the relationship ended in Oslo, I started working as a bartender at a bar in Oslo, after which I became the general manager there. At some point I was done with it,” says Remco. “The drinking culture started to disappoint me. At the weekend there is quite a lot of drinking in Norway.”

“Then I continued as a carpenter. I started my own company together with a friend from Canada. We have renovated houses for Oslo’s high society. Now I work for Kvanum, a company that supplies interiors to high society. I mainly make kitchens, but also walk in closets, libraries, laundry rooms, etc. Very nice to make. I really get into the most beautiful houses. I trained as an electrical engineer at the former MTS on Loolaan. This knowledge often comes in handy in my work,” says Remco.

I really get into the most beautiful houses

Remco

With friends to the Swing

When we ask Remco what his best memory of Apeldoorn is, he immediately has an answer ready. “I was really a wanderer and you can find a lot on Caterplein. I often think back to the time when I was often at De Swing. Later I think it became Finnegans, I’ve been there a lot. And Gigant too, I had so many pleasant evenings there”, says Remco.

I was really a stepper and a lot to find on Caterplein

Remco

He also says that the Dutch coziness is not really to be found in Norway. “Fortunately, Café Amsterdam is here in Oslo, because I really miss the Dutch coziness,” he says. “I go there regularly with Marit and Matheo. Eat delicious bitterballen and fries with mayonnaise. Because here they don’t eat mayonnaise with their fries. I often think back to my favorite snack bar in Apeldoorn: De Meerpaal in de Maten (now De Gildehof, ed.).

Finally back to Apeldoorn

Remco says his family prefers to see him at home, in Apeldoorn. His brother lives in Apeldoorn, his parents in Ugchelen. “My family has been here a few times, but most recently when Matheo was just born. In January 2020. And then came corona. If there is something, it is sometimes far away,’ says Remco. “Luckily, we can FaceTime whenever we want.”

My family has been here a few times, but most recently when Matheo was just born. In January 2020. And then came corona.

Remco

The family hopes to come to Apeldoorn soon. “Matheo does not yet have a passport, we are still on the waiting list for that. Hopefully we can get to a long weekend at the end of September”, says Remco.

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