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Society of the Sojourner – Part III (Moving to The Netherlands)

As I mentioned in part II, a psychic told me I would move overseas – to a place surrounded by water. 

I honestly never thought of living in Europe until I came to the Amsterdam Central train station to meet up with someone. That day it changed my life forever.

Most of the time, I never felt like home. I have this ‘melancolia‘  or ‘saudade‘ as we say in Portuguese. The Dutch have a nice word for it ‘Heimwee‘. I was missing stuff from home.

One day you are riding a Corvette the next you’re riding a bike in Holland. Life is so wonderful unpredictable sometimes.

Working in Holland with a high cost of living and high taxes is not a good reason to move there so there must be a convincing motive ….love. Nothing else, nothing less. I came here for love.

How romantic but romance alone cannot get you far. I always regarded myself as an independent person, and not the marrying kind. But that changed dramatically when I saw Yvs. The moment I look into to Yvs eyes I saw myself holding a ring.

The Dutch always find a good reason to buy flowers for their loved ones. Call me crazy but I fell head over heels in love with Yvs.

The long-distance relationship was not working out. So I packed my bags and moved to Holland.

Holland, a country full of Dutch people. The open-minded, laidback Dutch. The warm, the cozy and the nosy Dutch. The Dutch with their big mouth for such a small country. Strange and different from all of us.

Everything is Holland is so regulated.  And who has to pay for all of this? Me and You. Making more than 55K euros a year means paying more taxes (52%). And before making any money at all, you have to register with the local government called ‘city council’ then get a SOFI or BIN number. They make me felt like a number.  Lost amount creatures from another planet, with different traditions, rules and regulations.

There is a lot of good stuff too. Like public transport. Always on time and well-organized. But how hard can it be in such a small country? And food, how should I put it? They have this very unique Ollie-bollen, or (Oliebollen) or Dutch doughnuts. There are my favorites but only available between Christmas and New Year’s eve.

The Dutch Language? To me and to many foreigners, Dutch sounds like you are spitting up. However, the good thing about Holland, most Dutch speak good English. It is advisable, however, to master the local language.

Dutch or no Dutch. I always say ‘Home is where the heart is‘ and that’s got nothing to do with words. It is a feeling.

The Dutch are not the friendliest people you will ever meet. If you are expecting service with a smile you will get “we are working on it“.

The Dutch like the climate. Sometimes it rains. Sometimes it rains.

I’ve had my moments of doubts but I have no regrets. I enjoy every minute of my new life with Yvs. If I had a chance to go back in time, I’d do it all over again, right now.

Until the next Society of the Sojourner IV -to be continued. Until then…

 

Anayansi Gamboa, MPM, an EDC Developer Consultant and clinical programmer for the Pharmaceutical and Biotech industry with more than 13 years of experience.

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Hallo From The Other Side Adele

Fuzzy = Hallo

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Hello, it’s me I was wondering if after all these years you’d like to meet To go over everything They say that time’s supposed to heal ya But I ain’t done much healing

Hello, can you hear me? I’m in California dreaming about who we used to be When we were younger and free I’ve forgotten how it felt Before the world fell at our feet There’s such a difference between us And a million miles Hello from the other side I must have called a thousand times To tell you I’m sorry for everything that I’ve done But when I call you never seem to be home Hello from the outside At least I can say that I’ve tried To tell you I’m sorry for breaking your heart But it don’t matter, it clearly doesn’t tear you apart Anymore

Hello, how are you? It’s so typical of me to talk about myself, I’m sorry I hope that you’re well Did you ever make it out of that town Where nothing ever happened? It’s no secret that the both of us Are running out of time So hello from the other side (other side) I must have called a thousand times (thousand times) To tell you I’m sorry for everything that I’ve done But when I call you never seem to be home Hello from the outside (outside) At least I can say that I’ve tried (I’ve tried) To tell you I’m sorry for breaking your heart But it don’t matter, it clearly doesn’t tear you apart Anymore (Highs, highs, highs, highs, lows, lows, lows, lows) Anymore (Highs, highs, highs, highs, lows, lows, lows, lows) Anymore (Highs, highs, highs, highs, lows, lows, lows, lows) Anymore (Highs, highs, highs, highs, lows, lows, lows, lows) Anymore Hello from the other side (other side) I must have called a thousand times (thousand times) To tell you I’m sorry for everything that I’ve done But when I call you never seem to be home Hello from the outside (outside) At least I can say that I’ve tried (I’ve tried) To tell you I’m sorry for breaking your heart But it don’t matter, it clearly doesn’t tear you apart Anymore

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Op deze belangrijke datum…Sacrifice Anouk

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Change – Amsterdam

At the end of 2008 and close to the holidays, a friend of mine from the States told me to visit this psychic lady from downtown (she was the one interested in having a palm reading). I don’t believe it much so I went along. After her reading, the lady asked me if I wanted a palm reading. I said, “why not.” Nothing to lose as I am already here.

Amsterdam

All I can remember her saying ”…soon you will meet someone and move…I see a lot of water surrounding this place…lots of water…” I said to myself. “That must be Panama.” We have the canal, rivers, lakes and two oceans…When her last words were “I see a trip to Europe”.

That was a day like today in 2009.

My life changed a day like today when I received an email that changed my life forever. A move to Europe [Amsterdam] that I never saw coming. Life has a lot of ups and downs. Like a roller coaster, I was up and many times down but it made me stronger than ever and open my life to the reality of love.

 

In front of the place I met my destiny – All is Change – Soulmate!

Life has a lot of twist and turns…

So what’s a soul mate? I was told that my past relationship was of a soul mate type.  Someone I spent at least one past life together. It sure felt more like a karmic relationship. I needed to pay a karmic debt.

One thing is clear to me. My soulmate must be in the same ‘vibrational path’ before we meet again. Whether in this life or the next (I hope not to be back to this planet… :-)…if there is no vibration, it will never happen.

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