It’s almost been a week since we left Sunnyvale. We’ve been busy trying to get settled into our new place, while the kids are all home with us and you know what that’s like on summer vacation! Today we all feel a little bit stir crazy for different reasons!
We don’t have a car and the bike shop is closed for holiday until August 7th. We can’t buy a train pass that the locals use because we don’t have our residence card and it costs about $50 day for the family to get a train day pass. We could buy a chip card without a photo and pay as you go, but you need Internet access and when we log in with English, it takes us down a few pages and then gives us Dutch. And the temporary Internet access we bought for the iPad is almost used up. We are using free wireless at the local mall right now, me with the kids by an indoor kid playground and Jeff at a coffee shop so he can actually get a few things done!!
I thought I should share some of this because these feelings are real too and part of the process. We’re figuring it out… Things are just a bit more complicated. The good news is that we bought museum cards today and will go to Amsterdam tomorrow. The handyman came by and fixed the leaks and moved a bed for us. The owner dropped by to meet us and agreed to install black out shades in the back of the house where the street lights from the retirement community shine in our rooms all night so it feels like day time. Rome wasn’t built in a day…so cliche yet so true. Patience… That’s all we need and every little thing will be alright…
It’s all good… And thank you for your emails and comments and sharing your stories! I love hearing from you and miss you! xo