It’s been a year. Hard to believe but we have actually ben living in Amsterdam for a full year now and it has been an amazing time of ups and downs and lots of new.
It feels funny to be reflecting on another milestone. Eight months ago I was pondering on the change of the calendar year, in May it was a year of being unemployed, then our 1 year wedding anniversary and now the one year anniversary of our move, but I guess all those markers just go to show how much has been packed into life lately.
Let’s see, what has this year brought?
This year has been marked by a lot of travel. An international move didn’t seem to be enough. In the last 12 months there have been three trips back to the US, and multiple trips to Rinteln, Germany to be with family. Also London twice, Athens twice, twice to Italy, Australia, Berlin, Crete, Mykonos, Istanbul, and several places around the Netherlands and Belgium. It’s been one of my favorite aspects to living in Europe, there is so much of the world I have yet to experience that now seems out my front door.
And luckily a lot of people have come here. Joerg’s mom has come to stay several times and friends like Frankie, Christian, Adrian and Matthias have come from around Europe for long weekends. Also from the US Aunt Julie and my folks each came for separate two week long trips and Erin and Em each came to stay for two weeks. So much fun to have friends and family who have the desire and ability to come and share this part of life.
Joerg’s job has continued to go extremely well and considering that was the driving force behind our move this is a very good thing. He is traveling even more then I am, mostly for work, but this means I spend a bit of time on my own here in A’dam. Luckily I have made some great friends here, but beyond that I have also thrown myself into Dutch courses and as of recently I too am working.
I am working at Starbucks, go figure huh? A seattle guy moves all the way to Amsterdam and ends up working at Starbucks. But it has been a great place for me to keep busy where I can slowly improve my Dutch with an incredible staff. It is called Starbucks The Bank and is a really cool Reserve store with an incredible design concept.
I have become a biker I use it every day no matter where I am going. There are times when I am loaded down with the dry cleaning, groceries, my gym bag and fresh flowers biking through Vondel Park on my way home and I can help but laugh a little at how different day to day life looks here. But then some things aren’t so different.
I still think about my family and friends constantly, even if the distance makes communication harder. And luckily I still have my best friend with me navigating this adventure we are on: new marriage, new city, new jobs, new transportation and couture, but same partnership tackling it together.
Come visit. We’ll show you windmills and loan you a bike!