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Post Halloween Party: Good Eats

As we get older, making time for friends gets exceedingly difficult. One couple even told us not to plan anything until after the New Year! They were booked every weekend in December. First I’ll talk about what we ate (because it’s extra important) and then how the party went. I think it’s important to discuss cultural differences because experiences are unique to each person. I started this blog to express how it felt to live in a country with cultural…

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November to do list

There are pros and cons to the “To Do” list. One, there’s the pressure to complete the list, which could swing in either direction… Either way I’m making my own this month so that I can stay on top of some simple goals. Plan out Thanksgiving We were too busy to celebrate Thanksgiving last year! We had just gotten Booker and I was too preoccupied to gather recipes and grocery lists, let alone make the food needed. This year we’re…

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Pokémon GO Safari Zone: Amstelveen

It’s no big secret that Sander and I are gaming nerds. For us, a typical evening is right in front of our PCs with our favorite game on screen. Pokémon GO has been a huge part of our lives since it launched. In the summer months we went out every evening to ride our bikes and catch some new Pokémon. So when the Safari events came up, we were ready and willing to do what it took to attend. It’s widely…

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Taking a walk in the park

What is it about the changing seasons that captivates us so? There’s a dip in temperature and the leaves turn warm colors.  We bundle head to toe in cozy knits and layers. There’s the knowledge that the holiday season is fast approaching. Parties will soon be planned and consist of family and friends gathering together and indulging in good memories. While these thoughts make me more homesick than ever, I find my peace taking long walks in the park. I…

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October to do list

There are a lot of little things I need/want to accomplish during the month of October. It’s my favorite month of the year. It’s filled with autumnal scents, cozy sweaters, excuses to wear long boots and drink copious amounts of hot tea. Declutter for the season. Summer is over now and it’s time to clean out all the leftovers! Expired boxed goods, old mail that Sander’s been saving, clothing that is ready to be donated, all this needs to be…

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How I spend rainy days

Just yesterday we had warm and sunny weather but today it’s been pouring on and off. Days like these make it not so fun to even just walk Booker. The sky is overcast. The ground is muddy and littered with debris of crunchy leaves that have gone soggy. Without a website like Buienradar, we would be in the dark about when the sporadic rain will fall. Let me tell you, it’s 100% unpredictable without checking the forecast hourly. So how…

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6 ways moving has changed me

Moving away into the unknown always triggers a rapid growth for the person experiencing it. It doesn’t matter if the move is 10 miles or 10,000 miles, there’s a change that takes place that seems to be different for everyone. I thought I’d share some of my revelations, in the hopes that the others who experience the same and won’t feel so alone. So how did moving away, change me? I am more aware of my flaws This isn’t necessarily…

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What’s in my bag – Amsterdam edition

We’re super lucky that Amsterdam is only about 30 mins away by train or car. Since we don’t visit often, we like to go prepared. A day trip to Amsterdam includes the following, Pokémon hunting, fast food meals, popping into new stores, and visiting our favorite spots. Taking too much will tire us out quickly so we’ve come to a solution, pack only what’s necessary. The backpack {similar here} A backpack is much more practical to travel with than a purse. It’s…

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A day in Zoetermeer

I can’t believe September is already here! What have we done so far? We celebrated Sander’s birthday on the 4th and this weekend we have another birthday party and a BBQ to attend to. Busy busy! It’s times like these that remind me of calmer weekends where we just strolled through town and enjoyed ourselves. We actually had a weekend like this last month when we went to Zoetermeer. The drive out there is fantastic. The countryside is so sprawling…

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The perfect day

The definition of a perfect day can greatly vary between two people. What I consider to be perfect may be just another day to someone else. It could even be a boring day to a third party. Regardless, this is how I picture a perfect day. Morning On  Sundays we have pancakes. I’ve finally stumbled onto a recipe that we both thoroughly enjoy. We snuggle up on the couch with our plates and the TV since our place is a…

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