Don’t Eat the Seeds: Athens Here I Come

by farrah on October 22, 2014 · 6 comments

Way back when I was little, I fell in love with Greek mythology. So much so that it cultivated a love of all of my English classes throughout my educational career. Eventually I did indeed succeed in becoming a high school English teacher and started off each new school year (or semester) with my unit on Greek mythology via mostly Edith Hamilton. So today as I am heading to Athens, quite frankly, I am about to burst with excitement.

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I don’t know why I am so drawn to Greek mythology. But then again, I don’t know how some people just aren’t. My husband is one of them. He zones out when I inform him how this story or that is really a version of a Greek myth- I mean, how is that not interesting??! Probably the same as me thinking spreadsheets and the Detroit Lions are not the most intriguing things to look at either.

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I could kick myself for taking two years to go to the Efteling. This fairy tale theme park is located in Tilburg, which is a whopping 10 minute drive from our house. Truth is, I first heard about this park long before we moved here from a Belgian woman while I was at The Hideout in Wyoming! She had 20-year-old twin boys and told me stories about their first trip to the Efteling. I decided then and there that if a place could have that big of an impression on someone 20 years later- I had to check it out for myself.

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Travel Plans: The Netherlands and Beyond

by farrah on October 16, 2014 · 4 comments

Whew. With the whirl of chaos settling behind us, it’s time to think about our fall and winter travel plans. The twins had their fourth birthday (!) yesterday and this one went off without an issue. Today they’re at their first day of the ‘bassischool’ and I have nothing but sweet freedom for a few hours. Thus, with the move and the birthday conquered, it’s time to do what my husband and I do best: think about what’s next with our travel plans. No rest for the weary, indeed.

Maiden voyage to the Efteling!

We haven’t even told the boys that we’re going this weekend. I know if we do- it will be all that we hear about for the next few hours. The weather this weekend is supposed to be sublime, and that’s perfect as our tickets to the Efteling are soon to expire. The Efteling is a huge- HUGE- theme park of Europe, and it just so happens to be about 10 minutes from our house. We’ve never been! I’ve heard so many stories about crowds that rival Disney, we kept putting it off so as to devote an entire day (with good weather) to the park.

This past summer the grocery store Albert Heijn offered a discount on tickets but they expire in November. With everything we had going on I was starting to worry that we wouldn’t make it- but the weekend looks ripe for some magical adventures and I cannot wait. I was reading up on it last night and it sounds like quite the experience. I’ll be sure to report back with pics and any tips I might stumble upon along the way. We’re really lucky to be so close. Can’t wait to check it out and see what all the fuss is over. [click to continue…]

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There’s nothing quite like making yourself feel like the big a-hole of your new neighborhood. We’ve been in the house about a week- and for the most part everything has gone really well. There have been some issues along the way (it’s an old house, not a surprise) but nothing that couldn’t be fixed. It wasn’t until yesterday though that I feel I royally screwed up and did damage beyond repair.

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Front Window, And a Confession

by farrah on October 7, 2014 · 8 comments

The past week has been crazy! Over the weekend we did indeed get into the house. I sit here with boxes piled sky-high in our courtyard, and a million more stashed in a storage room. What’s left is our dry food storage- and I’d better get in there quickly since I’m almost out of coffee. So- emergency! But the good thing is that we’re here, we’re happy, and very much enjoying our very Dutch home.

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I can’t believe it’s October. Even more than that I can’t believe everything we have to do in the month. Today as I flipped the calendar page over to the new month, I looked with dismay as to what I already have on my (very) haphazard schedule.

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As I sit here typing this Monday morning my legs are aching. No, I didn’t do my crazy yoga yesterday- I was in Den Haag visiting my friend who just moved from the DC area. I’ve never been to Den Haag before- and it was a totally different experience than I was expecting. It was really strange to be on the other side of the expat experience too- me being the one to explain things like bike lights and the joy of a museumkaart.

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Our New Key

by farrah on September 25, 2014 · 1 comment

A week from today the movers arrive and pack up all of our stuff. I’m excited! A little sad. But excited!

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Finding time for myself is on the horizon now with the boys about to start school full-time. On my mind has been what will I dooooo with myself- besides those perky Dutch lessons that I am determined to make happen (just do it already!).Well, at last I think I’ve found something that my back has been crying out for,  and that’s aerial yoga in my very own little village of Oisterwijk. It looks crazy. But it’s awesome.

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The Practice of Reselling & Buying in the NL

by farrah on September 23, 2014 · 5 comments

Things around here have been pretty quiet. I’m distracted with the process (or idea of the process) of moving. What do we need, what we don’t need and how to do all of it efficiently and inexpensively. Like many expats- I know my life and the material objects within it are pretty temporary. We rent a house, we borrow a tool. We own our car (but that’s another story). My point is- that everything we accumulate we’re going to get rid of ‘when the time comes‘. Thus, I don’t want to obtain more than we need and I most definitely don’t want to have to pay much for it.

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