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Snow in The Netherlands

Snow has a romantic feel about it. The way it floats down from the sky and piles up into rolling hills of soft and pillow fluff. We didn’t get to see that the 1st day of our snow storm. In fact, the weather was wild. Snow came down in sheets at nearly horizontal waves. But while the storm itself was a monster, the aftermath was gorgeous. My favorite thing to do is to people watch, so you can bet I…

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Must have items for February in The Netherlands

Winter in The Netherlands isn’t has cold as it used to be. We’ve seen only a few centimeters of snow this year and that’s probably all we’ll get. But as someone who lived in arid Southern California all her life, the Dutch late winters have me on my toes. And I get it. There will always be a colder place to live. But if you’re looking to visit Amsterdam once the chaos is over, this is advice I’d pass on…

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Halloween Date Night

Sander and I are quiet people. We enjoy each other’s company which is important now more than ever. To celebrate our Halloween we decided on a plan so that we’d be on the same page. See we have gaming communities that we’re apart of. We both have games to play with friends from after dinner time until bed. But these communities are important for us too. They’ve been a life saver for these lock down times. So we have to…

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How I survived the summer quarantine

A summer quarantine was not welcome news. Vacation times, summer holidays, and family reunions… All cancelled. Now summer quarantine isn’t mandatory in The Netherlands. But it is suggested. Sander and I try to be upstanding citizens so we decided to hole up for the summer. And we survived. There a blistering week where so many people went to the beach that the beaches had to close down. People we knew went on vacation while we occupied our couch. We longed…

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Passport renewal in Amsterdam

A passport is an crucial piece of identification. Especially for someone who doesn’t live in their home country. Since I’m not a Dutch citizen, it’s important for me to have my American passport ready and up to date. While I do have a Dutch ID card, it’s not the same as having a passport. So when my passport expired in June, I new I had to take action. We had plans to get it renewed before it expired but everything…

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A Few More Beautiful Dutch Words

Oh my gosh, we’ve had a heat wave in The Netherlands and it’s been terrible. Housing typically doesn’t come with AC because it’s not meant to get so hot. So we lived through a week of scorching numbers and here we are. It’s been unfortunate because I had a few posts planned. But due to the heat, I couldn’t find the energy to write. I fell behind on emails, reading blogs, and even my art challenge. Lucky for us, the…

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What our grocery runs look like

Sander and I used to go grocery shopping once a week. He’d come home from work and we’d hop into the car with our reusable bags. We roamed the aisles looking for delicious foods, both new and well loved, to fill our bellies. But families are limited to one member per household and I can’t go shopping anymore. Well I can, but would be for small hauls. All I have is a bike so I can’t do a weekly haul.…

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Saturday Updates

Things have been a bit slow for us here. We were suppose to spend this week in Belgium but I’m sure you’re aware of the travel situation. So instead Sander and I spent a quiet week at home. It’s been nice though and I’m glad we did. So since we didn’t do much, I’d like to share a few updates on what we’ve been up to. Housekeeping Last Friday I spent the entire day cleaning the house from top to…

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How the Dutch honor history

For Americans, Independence Day is one of celebration. We learn about it in school, throw huge parties, and light up the sky with fireworks. We also have Memorial Day, which is a day of remembrance for all those who have fallen in battle. But we don’t have anything like National Remembrance Day or Liberation Day. These two days are particularly important for Dutch history. World War 2 left a huge impact on the Dutch. It was a war torn country…

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