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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My friend from the States is moving to Den Hague and is asking me all the questions. One of the reasons I love her is that I woke up to a question about pepper this morning. See, we’re not dealing with major heavy questions (although, those do exist) but since she’s lived abroad before she knows that the nitty-gritty details are also just as important. So, while I’m answering her questions- I thought it might be good to document her questions for anyone else who is getting ready to move to the Netherlands.

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A Weekend in Vught & Eindhoven’s Strijp

by farrah on September 15, 2014 · 4 comments

We had a great weekend with even better weather. I don’t know what’s happening, but this September has been to die for. Good thing, since August was pretty miserable and we needed this little pick me up. When the sun cooperates, I feel an immense sense of guilt whenever we’re inside, so it was a good thing that we had lots to do Saturday and Sunday. We ended up sticking close to home and enjoying little community pockets via the train to Vught & Eindhoven’s Strijp.

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