Day 25: Heat Wave

It was 90 degrees here today and I think we melted. We went to try out a local church this morning and literally almost passed out from the heat. We made it through the intriguing sermon, but were a bit light headed before we left.

Afterwards, we ventured over to Sally’s house to pick up an extra transformer they had for us to borrow for our old tv and PS3 for the kids. We didn’t plan on staying long, but all of us were enjoying their company and playing with their dogs and cats. We took a walk over to the Amsterdamse Bos to check out the jousting festival that was taking place in the forest. It was too hot to walk around in the sun, and we just hung out in the shade and shared stories before walking back to their house. 

We had planned to take a drive up the coast this afternoon but were warned to watch out for the beach traffic.  We just wanted to go for a long drive in an air conditioned car and chose to see where my Uncle Adrian used to be stationed in Holland in Den Helder. By the time we got up to Den Helder and came to the roundabout to take us out to the sea, the traffic was lined up from two different spots on the circle with at least 100 cars each attempting to return from the beach. We decided to just continue to drive around the roundabout and continue back the way we came. There was no way I wanted to wait in that traffic circle for another hour.

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Instead, we found ourselves at a random snack shop, hoping to find a bathroom and something to snack on. We actually had a great time enjoying snacks and playing pool together before heading home.

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It’s still hot outside and is very hard for the kids to go to sleep. We’re trying to get them to bed earlier than usual since school is ready to begin and we’re on no type of schedule whatsover. But we didn’t even have dinner until after 8 pm.  Oh well – we’ll figure it out this week regardless, right?

We hope that all our friends back in Sunnyvale enjoy their new teachers and middle school and have a great first day back to school tomorrow. We’re kinda missing being there to walk to school together and to see each other again, after a busy summer!  Wishing you all the best.  We start orientation at our new school tomorrow.  New beginnings…  

Day 24: I Am (Almost) Home

I feel like I’m almost at home now. My comfy couch created a comfy nook in our great room and I love it.  We were busy cleaning the house, I was in my pjs with makeup under my eyes and my hair in a messy ponytail, when the previous tenants of our house came by to pick up their mail and stayed and chatted for awhile, giving us so many tips and shared stories and I didn’t want them to leave!  Sally has been an expat since she was a kid and has lived in 9 different countries!  Her insights and attitude were inspiring and I wanted to hear more of her stories. We exchanged contact info and are planning to meet for coffee next week! Yippee!  

Gerard and Anita and Kelsi came over to spend the day with us.  They brought dutch treats for the kids and a beautiful houseplant for us.  Thank you guys! We had coffee and cake when they arrived, and then took the tram up to the city for a few hours.

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Wooden Shoe Boat on the Amstel

It was so hot today, that we thought we’d go up to the Albert Cuypmakrt and walk around in the outdoor market place. It was over 30 degrees here (80+ Fahrenheit) and we were all a little uncomfortable with the heat. However we joked about enjoying the sunshine now because winters are long here.  We searched forever for a normal ice cream cone and couldn’t find one. We ended up at a McDonald’s for McFlurry’s and Sundaes and a nice, tall coke filled with lots of ice.  They typically don’t serve ice here or water for free.Image

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Afterwards, we walked back home from the tram and made tacos for dinner.  We sat outside on the patio in the bit of shade we had.  Even though it was hot out, coffee is always served after dinner.  We had a drink together and then said goodbye to our guests.

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(Too bad the ice cream truck drove up after we already had dessert!)

I’m glad to be sitting with the fan on and the windows open on my new comfy couch.  And check out what’s on TV – Jeff found a way to get NFL game day casts on the computer and hooked it up to the TV. He’s happy. Life is good.

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