Waking up this morning a bit groggy and glum after the World Cup loss last night is a bummer. The weather has set the tone for the past three days- and that’s misty and cold with persistent rain that seemingly seeps into everything- including the mood after such a loss. One highlight from yesterday though- was that we took another look at the potential rental and hope our house hunting has come to an end.
Last night we had a meeting with the owner of the home we hope to rent until our contract is up in May of 2017. I’m excited about the house- but I have also been burned a few times in the past by getting too excited over something that isn’t official. Hence, I need to wait to share pics and talk about the upgrades and changes we’re discussing for their house. I will tell you this: it will basically fulfill my desire to live in a historic home while living in Holland!
The building itself was a butcher shop for over 100 years. It was passed down through the family and stopped being used as an actual butcher shop about 20 years ago. Last night we met with the husband and wife who are now in charge of the property- as the wife’s father died recently and it has been passed down to her. She told us that her parents raised 12 children in this house! It’s about 10m bigger than this place- so while I appreciate the fact that it is larger- raising 12 children I cannot see.
There are several interesting quirks about the place that will take some pondering. As it was an actual shop for so long, there is somewhat of an entry room (I’m guessing where the meats were displayed) and then the room where the butcher and customer finished their transaction. There’s a counter of sorts- and it’s an awkward space. Going around you come to the living room, then the kitchen. If you go to the courtyard, there is a connected (large) room with windows that was once the actual butchering room. Don’t tell the boys but this will be their new playroom. Ha!
Additionally there’s a tool shed that was once the smoker (complete with blackened ceiling) and other nooks and crannies for us to store stuff and hopefully use in creative ways. Upstiars off of the kitchen are the bedrooms. There’s a room to the left which is smaller and will be for B, while one right across the way is a bigger one for the twins. As with many bedrooms in Europe- there is a handsink right in the room. We will absolutely be shutting that down as I can only foresee direct access to water in the twins’ bedroom being a disaster.
Then there is our ‘master’ which is a little smaller than our room now- and the bathroom. The bathroom has recently been redone- and is great except for no bathtub. The actual toilet is in a WC next to the bathroom- this makes me happy as I long for the days when I can shower and not have small people pounding on the door to pee.
There’s an incredible view of the huge church out all of the back windows- and we love the character and unique details of this place. We’re discussing right now what kind of upgrades can be done, but so far everyone’s on the same page and we’re very positive. It’s not too much farther away from this house (actually it’s under 600 meters down the same street) so school won’t be an issue. The only bummer is that we’re not actually living right by the school friends- but after being here a while and knowing how things work, pretty sure no one will mind.
I feel weird about this since it’s not like we OWN this house, but I feel spending 3 years in a place allow us the indulgence of being excited for a change. It’s no secret that the house we have been living in has been perfect for us with the yard, location and all, but it’s time to move on and try something different. We shall see.
It’s pretty funny that this house too has a pub nearby. It’s on the opposite street in the back and I could literally throw a rock from an upstairs room and hit it. We haven’t been to this one yet, so I look forward to checking it out. Overall, this is the kind of place that I feel comfortable moving into AFTER we have already been here a couple of years. It’s so different from what we knew in the US, I would have had serious culture shock going into this right off the bat. I suppose this will be yet another adventure we shall endure together!