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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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I still Cry – Ilse Delange

I Still Cry
I’m making flowers out of paper
While darkness takes the afternoon
I know that they won’t last forever
But real ones fade away to soon
I still cry sometimes when I remember you
I still cry sometimes when I hear your name
I said goodbye and I know you’re alright now
But when the leaves start falling down I still cry
It’s just that I recall September
It’s just that I still hear your song
It’s just I can’t seem to remember
Forever more those days are gone
I still cry sometimes when I remember you
I still cry sometimes when I hear your name
I said goodbye and I know you’re alright now
But when the leaves start falling down I still cry
I still cry sometimes when I remember you
I still cry sometimes when I hear your name
I said goodbye and I know you’re alright now
But when the leaves start falling down I still cry
But when the leaves start falling down I still cry
Source: LyricFind

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Farewell to a Beloved Pet

Our dogs are more than just pets to us.  My dogs are my best friends, they are part of the family – a very small family I have known. They’re our secret keepers and playmates. Nobody loves us more than our dogs. That is why we give them everything they need to make them happy and to make their lives comfortable.

But their lives are short, and unfortunately for us, the time will come when we have to say goodbye to them. This is the hardest part of an animal lover’s life–saying goodbye to a beloved furry friend.

For Champ, a 12-years old White Westie, his new home made him so sick, I had to spend over $4000 dollars to save him or the alternative was to put him to sleep. He didn’t want to drink the local water and for some reason and all of the sudden, he could not poo or pee.

“If Love could have saved you, you would have lived forever.” David Ellison

Our dogs may not be in our lives long, but the impact they have in that short time stays with us forever. If you’ve ever lost a beloved dog, you know that loving a dog is easy, losing a dog is hard, and saying goodbye to them is the most difficult part of all.

Ik hou van je en ik mis je heel erg

 

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Op deze belangrijke datum…Sacrifice Anouk

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Fuzzy (niet) Te Koop

Nog een dag dan krijg ik een hond. Champ has been in Panama for several years and with family issues, I decided to get me another White Westie. I told my partner and even though my partner was not convenience, we head out North of Holland to find a white westie.

As we arrived, I hear a lot of barking. blaffenblaffen! As we approach the area where they have the white westie puppies, one came over to me. The puppies were friendly and playful not realizing they were females pups. I didn’t want a female dog so we asked if they had any males left. Indeed. There were two left. One was quiet and not interested in us and the other one kept coming towards us. As we asked more questions, I decided we should leave and keep looking. As we try to make our way outside, I noticed that one of them kept looking at us. Like saying ‘take me, take me’. Nu krijg wij hond. So we did.

Fuzzy te koop
Fuzzy te koop

 

 

 

Maar het is geen waakhond. Fuzzy blaft niet. Een hond die niet blaft?

Fuzzy rent hem na. Fuzzy runs after every car or motorcycle that makes noise. Or barks at everything that makes noise.

Some people are bang van honden. Hoewel mensen niets speciaals doet, lijkt het toch alsof alle honden op hem blaffen en grommen.

Honden zijn eng

Fuzzy has now turned 5 years old. He is loved with his own personality and full of energy. I regret not having training him properly because sometimes I want to get rid of him and find him a new home. Mijn hond kan het best. Maybe it is time to call on Cesar Millan’s– Dog Whisperer . 🙂

Het is al heel laat! Fuzzy (niet) te koop…