Today I’m going to do a number of things: provide two updates, share a helpful link and a fun link (although the helpful link could be fun and the fun link could be helpful, too), and issue an apology.
Think of it as dealing with all the leftovers in your refrigerator.
My gift to you. You’re welcome.
First up, I had a total brain lapse. Recently Maria over at I Was An Expat Wife wrote a great post about drinking cafe (coffee) in France entitled Cafe Culture Shock. Last weekend Husband and I took my parents sight-seeing in downtown The Hague, and we enjoyed a leisurely lunch at one of the many cafes ringing one of the many squares in Den Haag. That sparked my post two days ago which I titled Cafe Culture. I’d read Maria’s post (I follow her regularly, and I hope you do, too), and forgotten the title until I saw it again while reading her latest post. So my apologies to Maria for appearing to ‘borrow without asking’ as that was never my intention.
Next up? We finally ate at the new neighborhood restaurant Pastanini’s this past Sunday evening. You’ll recall in The Smallest Detail how excited we were to have our Sunday nearby dining options double with the arrival of this Italian restaurant.
We all enjoyed the food (homemade pasta dishes and pizzas hot out of a stone oven — I had the wonderful caprese pizza). Son and Daughter enjoyed being able to walk home (less than 2 blocks away) as soon as they were done, rather than sit and wait for us to settle the bill. I enjoyed not cooking. Win-win-win!
I haven’t been posting as regularly as I’d like, and I wanted you to know that it’s not that I don’t love you all. I’ve been a little busy lately as my parents are visiting for a few weeks (thus, sight-seeing duties), and Son graduates from high school next week. I’ve been working on a five-part series on Emotional Resilience and the Expat; I’m excited about this, and the first installment will be published on IAmExpat next week.
I’ve also hinted about a big new project I’m working on. It entails launching a new (and different) website. I’m a bit behind on this, so won’t be unveiling it for another week or so. But when I do, you’ll be the first to know. And no, I promise I won’t neglect you.
If you’ve been following along for awhile, you know one of our — wait, what exactly would you call us? A tribe? Community? Following? Posse? Peeps? Gang? Vaguely interested readers? Like-minded souls?
Okay, I’m going with adventurers. Why? Whether you follow this site because you’re an expat or global nomad, or love to travel, or aspire to move overseas, or just like to read my musings, we’re all adventurers in the journey of life. That, and it fits with the name of this blog.
[BTW, the number of fellow adventurers is growing, slowly but surely, and I really do appreciate that. It gives me a little boost when I see new readers joining in, and I wanted to thank you all. Please feel free to jump in with the comments, ask questions, tell me what you'd like to hear about.]
Anyway, one of our fellow adventurers has recently moved from the US to Amsterdam. Another is doing the same next month. So in honor of these fearless adventurers, here’s a useful link to an Expatica article outlining a quick checklist of things to do in the first few days when relocating to the Netherlands.
Finally, let’s end with a fun little Nederland-related video that I wanted to share with you. It’s very creative and makes me smile. (Thanks to IAmExpat where I saw it.)
It’s a great stop-motion video from graphic artist Swanny Mouton. While you’re at it, why not take a few minutes and swing by the eponymous website www.swannymouton.com to check out more from this talented artist. Enjoy!