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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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Dov’è l’amore – Non c’e nessuno – Dov’e se, amore mio

“Dov’e L’Amore”

Dov’e se adesso
Dov’e se, amore mioDov’e l’amore
Dov’e l’amore
I cannot tell you of my love
Here is my storyI’ll sing a love song
Sing it for you alone
Though you’re a thousand miles away
The feeling so strong

Come to me, baby
Don’t keep me waiting
Another night without you here
And I’ll go crazy

There is no other, there is no other
No other love can take your place
Or match the beauty of your face
I’ll keep on singing ’til the day
I carry you away
With my love song
With my love song

Dov’e l’amore
Dov’e l’amore
Where are you now, my love?
I need you here to hold me

Whispered so sweetly
Feel my heart beating
I need to hold you in my arms
I want you near me

Come to me, baby
Don’t keep me waiting
Another night without you here
And I’ll go crazy

There is no other, there is no other
No other love can take your place
Or match the beauty of your face
I’ll keep on singing ’til the day
I carry you away
With my love song
With my love song

Non c’e nessuno
Non c’e nessuno
Non c’e nessuno
Bello come te, e ti amo

[English translation:
There is no other
There is no other
There is no other
As beautiful as you, and I love you]

Come to me, baby
Come to me, baby
Another night without you here
And I’ll go crazy

There is no other there is no other
No other love can take your place
Or match the beauty of your face
I’ll keep on singing ’til the day
I carry you away
With my love song
With my love song
With my love song
With my love song

Where’s the Love – By Cher from the Believe album

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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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Faded – Where are you now?

Ik hou van je en ik mis je heel erg

My favorite voice performance…

Baby I’m wasted All I wanna do is drive home to you -Faded lyrics ZHU

Where are you now
Where are you now
Where are you now
Was it all in my fantasy
Where are you now
Were you only imaginary
Where are you now
Atlantis
Under the sea
Under the sea
Where are you now
Another dream
The monsters running wild inside of me
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I had a love

Heartaches by the number…Cyndi Lauper

Heartache number one was when you left me
I never knew that I could hurt this way
And heartache number two was when you came back again
Oh, you came back, but never meant to stay
And now I got heartaches by the numbers
Troubles by the score Every day you love me less
Each day I love you more Yes, I got heartaches by the numbers
A love that I can’t win But the day that I stop counting
Is the day my world will end Heartache number three was when you called me
And said that you were coming home to stay
With hoping heart I waited for your knock at the door I waited but you must’ve lost your way
And now I got heartaches by the numbers
Troubles by the score Every day you love me less
Each day I love you more Yes, I got heartaches by the numbers  A love that I can’t win
But the day that I stop counting Is the day my world will end
Oh, the day that I stop counting Is the day my world will end

My first night without you – Cyndi Lauper

I got a hole in my heart…

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Priceless…

I was always yours but you were never mine
I handed you my heart at first sight.
Anyway, I have no regret. Honestly, I feel fine and I could not have it any other way.

Unconditional love is priceless – Anayansi

Getting a new White Westie puppy – 399 to 1000 euros

Traveling cost with the Westies – 70 – 400 euros

Medical veterinary expenses – up to 4000 euros

Dog food – 80 euros every two weeks

Seeing the face of my Westies when you come home and how happy and excited they are to see you…Priceless!

 “The greatest gift you can give someone is your time because when you give your time, you are giving a portion of your life that you will never get back.” Anonymous

Video: Cyndi Lauper – Cyndi Lauper – 1985 When You Were Mine (Live at American Music Award)

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Un-Break My Heart

A tribute to one of my favorite singers ….

And who didn’t dance to this song? I can still remember the old good days.

This is my absolute favorite remix of this song.

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