I can’t believe it’s been over two months since we moved to the Netherlands. We traveled to so many amazing places when we first arrived, but have slowed down considerably. Since we’re most likely going to live here a little longer than originally expected, we don’t have to squeeze in all the trips we wanted to take anymore. Because we’ve been around the last few weekends, we’ve had the chance to really get to know Amsterdam and sometimes it almost feels like home. I don’t think it can truly feel like home without our furry loved ones, Charles and Angus, though. I miss them so much!
Since our travels have slowed down, I’ve been trying to stay busy and establish somewhat of a daily routine in order to make all this feel less like vacation and more like real life. I joined a yoga studio last month and started a beginner Dutch language class two weeks ago, both of which have been keeping me surprisingly busy. I love riding my bike all over the city and now I can even bike to a few places without checking Google Maps. I was so proud the first time I biked home without looking up the directions! I have yet to truly master biking like the Dutch though.
Something else that keeps me pretty busy here is shopping for groceries. We don’t have a car, so I have to carry everything home or put it all in my bike basket. Plus, our fridge is much smaller than what everyone has back in States, so we literally don’t have the space for a whole week’s worth of groceries. I decide what I want to cook and then buy the ingredients from the nearest grocery store or market that day. It takes a little more time, but I’ve always been a fan of shopping for food anyway.
Even though the last few weeks have been more relaxed, we’ve still managed to take advantage of living in Europe.
Here are a few highlights.
My sister came to visit us and we all went on a weekend trip to Antwerp, Belgium. We ate and drank our way through that city. Beer, wine, cheese, chocolates, mussels, frites with mayonnaise…my mouth is watering just thinking about it. And it’s only a 2.5 hour train ride away!
We rented a boat with some of our fellow expat friends and now I want to rent one every time that it’s sunny. Beautiful, warm weather is a rare occurrence here so you have to take full advantage of it!