Walking through the parks

This was my first adventure solo in the Netherlands & I thought I would finally share with you… It started out as a nice overcast day, so a good chance to walk for 1 hour.  Since most of what I knew was what I could see from the side of…

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EU Terrorism

It’s been over 24 hours since 4 terrorists killed over 30 people and hurt over 200 and I wanted to share a few thoughts and stories. Brussels is about 1 hour away from where we live in the Netherlands, and is the airport I used when I came to visit…

Liberty Road Posts on the Roadside still

Luxembourg & Belgium

Sorry for the delay in posting, life is happening and many photos to share from Belgium.  We left Germany and spent a couple of days in Belgium with trips into Luxembourg.  The Best Western in Belgium was nice, it was a combination hotel/restaurant/rest area with everything except a fuel station….

Dutch Visa

Dutch Visa Part II

I believe my experience with IND (Dutch Immigration) is not the same experience as everyone else but I promised an update.  While we were on holiday, I got an e-mail & Ilka got an e-mail on her phone that until I had my actual visa I was no longer allowed…

Breakfast at Zimt Und Zucker cafe

I heart Berlin

I really enjoyed our time in Berlin!  After an interesting start, the two days in Berlin were great. The interesting start was the first hotel we were going to use, it seemed close to everything, and was very reasonable.  As we drove into the neighborhood we started to worry a…

Forklift work in the warehouse

My New Job

Hello!  I’m sorry I haven’t posted in so long.  I will explain.  On Monday January 25 I started my new job as a warehouse worker for Scotch & Soda, a fashion designer based in Amsterdam Netherlands.  Ilka works for Scotch & Soda already, she is the Team Lead for the…


Dutch Visa Part I (sort of)

For those who follow me in FaceBook I posted that my visa was approved.  There is a longer story that goes back to last spring.  Ilka came to visit for Derby Week and the week after.  Of course at this point we were engaged and had not set a date….


Photos from my walks

Well less than a week before my next post, I’m getting better at this.  Since I am not working yet, and I’m more than a few kilos (pounds) overweight, I have been trying to take a walk every day.  So today I’ll post some of the photos and I will…


Adventures in Housekeeping

Of course I knew when I came to the NL that everything would be in Dutch, I found this out when I was here in October 2014. At that time, we were working on obtaining a green card for Ilka so she could come to the US and fulfill her…

Vrijwilliger aan het sneeuwachuiven bij de waterpoort in Sneek.
Foto: Persbureau Noordoost/Peter Wouda

Winter Weather

Today’s topic is the winter weather.  The weather is very much like Seattle Washington, cool & damp.  For the Netherlands is has been a warm winter so far as there has not been any snow so far and At least since 1 December no temperatures even at night below 0C…