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Hey Loves,

It’s been a bit, I wanted to check in. I was super dramatic in the last post and I wanted to let you know that I am doing better, looking forward to what the new year will bring. There are some big changes in the upcoming months, but I want to wait until everything is final before I discuss on here. Don’t worry, not leaving Holland.

So what has been going on with me since we last spoke eh? Well, I’ve been to America! It was an interesting trip home and I plan to share a lot more in a later post.

I’ve also decided that I hate everything I own and most of it was either not flattering or  had holes. So I gave away 5 ikea bags worth of clothes and had to throw out about 3 bags worth of just rubbish. It feels so freeing to have a limited wardrobe actually, to restart from the basics and really build a closet around my style now. Maybe a post about this too, yeah?

Oh and I am on week 2 of no caffeine. It started as part of a week-long detox my friend Anna and I were doing and I decided to continue the no caffeine thing. I actually feel great about it, it was hard for the first two days, but after that so far has been smooth sailing. Anna is actually currently studying to be a nutritionist and we are working on launching her blog in January. I’ll link up so you guys can see it when it launches.

Lastly, Loek and I decided two weeks ago that we would commit to watching a documentary at least once a week. You’ve got to learn about the world you know. I’d like to recommend the ones I like to you.

Therefore, I think you should check out the Internet’s Own Boy. It is a documentary about the life and persecution of Aaron Swartz. If you don’t know Aaron was a computer programmer and founder of reddit, he also helped develop RSS feeds which allows you to read this blog in your reader, and helped allow people to copyright on the internet with the creation of Creative Commons. He did a lot for the modern computer era and the internet as we know it, but the US government decided to make an example out of him. You can watch the whole thing on Youtube and you will be amazed at how the government felt the need to use our tax dollars. Just watch it.

Oh and I am blonde again, not sure how that happened, but I love it! I want to go even lighter!

What about you loves? What has been going on with you?

Until next time,

 

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It's a New Dawn, It's a New Day

Dearest blog, 

I abandoned you for 6 months, believe me when I say it wasn't intentional. But, I can't make myself write when I am sad. You see, I have been struggling with depression since I was 14 and after 14 years of being manageable, it suddenly wasn't anymore. I was naive enough to think that even though I love living here, and live with my other half it wouldn't find me, I could escape its clutches, that my brain chemistry would somehow re-write itself and I could get better on my own. 

 For me, my depression manifests itself as sleeping all the time, reneging on my responsibilities, and being a complete slob and bum who won't do anything to help herself. Loek is incredibly patient, and I do not envy him for having to live with me at my worse. May was the hardest, but when I thankfully decided it was time to admit that something was wrong.I went to the doctor and have been taking anti-depressants since, and I am finally starting to feel like myself again. It's still a struggle, but one that I feel like I am finally getting on top of again. I want to get back to you dear blog, I miss writing, I miss my readers, and I miss the interactions and friendships that came from this space. While I can't promise I won't abandon you again, it is my intention to continue to take care of myself and to do the things that make me happy.

 

Until next time,

 

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In Memoriam of the Victims of MH17

It is National Mourning Day here in the Netherlands. Words are failing me as I try to describe the shock, heartbreak, rage, fear, loathing, and finally the microscope ping of relief now that some of the bodies have been brought home to Holland. My beloved adoptive country is small, only roughly the size of Maryland, almost everyone I know here has some sort of connection to at least one of the 193 Dutch victims on MH17. I am so proud of how the country has responded to this unthinkable tragedy. If you have a spare moment today please think some positive thoughts to all those affected by this horrible event. Thank you.

 
 

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Open Your Legs, Darling or My First Time Skiing!

Sestriere Skiing

I have always been a little bit terrified of skiing. I think it stems from my godmother having a wicked looking scar on her knee from a ski accident. When you combine that with news stories of celebrities (including a Dutch prince) dying or being seriously injured skiing which come every ski season, and skiing was on my top 10 never try list. However, when an opportunity came up to learn to ski in the Italian Alps, you know I jumped on it. 

We went to the Grand Hotel Sestriere, the town where some of the downhill races of the 2006 Torino races took part. For those of you who have never been skiing here are some of the things you should know.

  • Ski boots are the most uncomfortable shoes you will ever have to walk in. Don't kid yourself, you will have to walk in them. My tip is to dance in them instead, you might look totally crazy but your feet will thank you later.
  • Skis are a lot heavier than you thought they would be, and you have to carry them. In our case all the way from the hotel, which was not that far but with skis felt like miles. 
  • It is perfectly acceptable for grown men to yell at women to open their legs further, provided that they are your ski instructor.

In the end, I realized that skiing is super fun. While it is not something that I would go out and actively pursue myself, if given the chance again I would totally go. Oh and word to the wise, if you are staying at the Grand Hotel Sestriere, stay clear of the dining area. Everything I ate had a soapy aftertaste! 

Now for what you really want, pictures!

Oh Mountains, I have dreams of you. 

My view

Have you ever been skiing?I'd love to hear about it. 

Until next time,

 

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Weekly Wishes Vol 7: Don't Call it a Comeback

Weekly Wishes Georgia Peach Abroad

You guys, let's just agree not to talk about my 2 month unplanned hiatus? Captie? That's the plural of capisce. There I taught you something. Speaking of Italian, one of the 3,000 things I need to update you on is my first time ever skiing. In the Italian Alps. But I'll save that for its own post.

My how I have missed you loves! In order to ease myself back into this whole blogging thing, I have decided to start slow and link up with Melyssa from Nectar Collective for Weekly Wishes. I highly recommend it. My goal this week is really simple.

Write some damn blog posts. Seriously, I have two countries, some amazing discoveries in Amsterdam and Utrecht, a new haircut and a story about vomit, to update you on! 

For those of you who are still subscribing and/or reading, I owe you a huge THANK YOU!

So, how have you been?

Until next time,

 

The Nectar Collective

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