PHILIPSBURG – On Tuesday July 29th, the international launch for the book ‘Welkom op Sint Maarten!’ took place on Sint Maarten, where the authors of the book offered the first copy to the Prime Minister of Sint Maarten, Hon. Sarah Wescott-Williams. This was also be the official moment that the book will become available in the Netherlands but also in Belgium and in the UK, for Dutch speaking people who live there and who want to know more about the island.
"Welkom op Sint Maarten!’ is a practical handbook for families and trainees who (temporarily) move from the Netherlands to Sint Maarten. Before you can enjoy living on the island, there is a lot to do and prepare and arrange before one can move from the Netherlands: from arranging a dog passport for dog owners to writing out from the population registry.
After arriving on Sint Maarten a lot of activities and formalities are to be carried out. Where should one go? What to bring? The book also provides general information on Sint Maarten: a bit of history, flora and fauna, opening hours for the bridges, the national anthem of Sint Maarten and lots more interesting information.
In addition, much attention is paid to general information about Sint Maarten: what about the children's education? What about the value of local currencies and payment? Where do you go for a renewal of your passport? What about the electricity in Sint Maarten? Beaches, restaurants, hotels and leisure facilities on Sint Maarten: just to mention some topics that are outlined, mostly in a matter-of-fact-tone, but undeniably with lots of enthusiasm.
The book also includes a dozen elaborated conversion-tables, which make cooking and buying clothes for instance a lot easier. There are in an alphabetical Index in the book with contact information of agencies, clubs, schools and businesses. In short, a book that not only provides the mover a helping hand during and after the move, but also provides many tips for a pleasant stay in Sint Maarten.
The authors, three women residing on island of Sint Maarten, wrote a practical book full of interesting and necessary information for international movers. Although lots of information is provided in a matter-of-fact-tone, it does not lack a little humour, simply because these ladies succeeded in making Sint Maarten their ‘Friendly Island’ too.
People living in Holland can order a copy through webshops like Bol.com and FreeMusketeers.nl or in the official bookstores like Bruna and Libris. It will also be available through the Royal Libraries in Holland for those who are a member.
The ISBN number for the book is: 9789048434770. An interesting detail: although the costs of good and fast shipping to Sint Maarten are not negligible: thanks to sponsors the price of the book will be about the same as in Holland, especially for the people on Sint Maarten. (Contributed)