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March Photo Challenge: Day 25: Breakfast

*Disclaimer, this is not the breakfast I had today, this is actually the breakfast I had the first time I visited Den Haag (The Hague). I was by myself and had to get some papers legalized. So, I stopped by this little cafe and got all this for less than 3 Euros. Isn't the decor cute? 

I am not a big breakfast eater. Mornings for me are typically a pot of french-pressed coffee. On the weekends though, we try to do a nice brunch. Today, I had mini-baguettes with goat cheese and honey. I can tell a difference in the season just by the fact that I am eating a lot lighter! Maybe next weekend we will do some fresh fruit and slagroom (whipped cream) 

Any expats out there notice a huge change in their eating habits? 

 

  • Day 19 of the March Photo Challenge, I showed the worst picture of me EVER taken!
  • Day 20, was all about the cuteness that is my cat.
  • Day 21, I posted my meatloaf. I'm making it again for the verlos- birthday so maybe you will get the recipe next week
  • Day 23, oops I skipped a day! Was about the moon! Or, I got all sentimental! 
  • Day 24, seagulls, they are everywhere! 

 

 

 

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March Photo Challenge: Day 24: An Animal

If you have a problem with birds, I would not suggest moving to The Netherlands.

They never leave! Even in the snow, there were seagulls around here. They even sit on police cars! 

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March Photo Challenge: Day 23: Moon

I'm feeling a little under the weather, so instead of going to take a picture of the moon, I am posting this one Loek took for today's challenge. 

Whenever I look up at the moon, I remind myself that eventually tonight everyone in the world will see this same moon. It makes me feel not nearly as far away from people I miss. Every time I look up, I get one of these two songs from my childhood stuck in my head, so I thought I would share them.

I see the Moon and the Moon sees me,

And the moon sees the one that I can't see.

God Bless the Moon and God Bless me,

And God Bless the one that I can't see.

 

and "Somewhere out there" from Fievel Goes West

Somewhere out there,

beneath the pale moonlight,

someone's thinking of me and loving me tonight.

Somewhere out there,

someone's saying a prayer,

that we'll find one another in that big somewhere out there.

And even though I know how very far apart we are,

it helps to think we might be wishing on the same bright star.

And when the night wind starts to sing a lonesome lullaby,

it helps to think we're sleeping underneath the same big sky.

Somewhere out there,

if love can see us through,

then we'll be together, somewhere out there,

out where dreams come true.

How do you deal with homesickness? 

 

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March Photo Challenge: Day 21: Delicious

This is my meatloaf. Loek says it is the best he has ever had. I like to point out that he's never had any other. The secret is curry ketchup. 

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March Photo Challenge: Day 20: Before and After

Atti when I first got him vs. Atti in The Netherlands and all his cabinet climbing glory! 

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March Photo Challenge: Day 19: Funny

We really should celebrate Halloween here in The Netherlands, it is my favorite holiday and it made me so homesick to not have a party to go to. This is me and my friend Chris a party a few years ago, I was a 1940's starlet and Chris was a killer chef or something. 

 

Not funny enough? Okay, well here is the worst photo of me ever taken. It was at my best friend Christy's wedding. I promise I was really happy for her! It's just that me heel got caught and the photo was snapped at a really terrible time. But seriously, look at my bridesmaids dress! I love it when brides assign a color and a length but let you pick your own dress! 

 

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March Photo Challenge: Day 18: Corner of My Home

I never want to hear my American friends complain about their limited closet space again! This is my closet, it is less than than a meter wide. It does have some drawers which did not make it into the picture. I have to switch out clothes with the season.

One of my big regrets is how many clothes I actually brought with me. A lot of them have no place in my new life and I find myself wearing a bunch of the same things over and over again. It could just be that it is winter. I'm not sure, I am going to give it another season before I completely clean house. I felt the need to bring a lot of clothes with me because clothes are much more expensive here in Europe, however, people here also dress differently. I wonder how long it will take me to start blending in and dressing like a chic European lady?

 

  • Day 12 of the March Photo Challenge. I talked about what a cool maze Utrecht is.
  • Day 13, I talked about how the Dutch ignore no parking of bikes signs. 
  • Day 14, I took some pretty rad pictures of clouds all around The Netherlands
  • Day 15, was all about how much I don't miss having a car! 
  • Day 16, I'm missing football! 
  • Day 17, The Keukenhof! 

 

 

 

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March Photo Challenge: Day 17: Green

orchid Keukenhof

Here is an orchid that I took a picture of last year at the Keukenhof.

The Keukenhof is located in Lisse and is one of the largest flower  gardens in the world. It is only open from the end of March until the end of May. This year it is open from March 22 to 20th. As far as tourist traps go, this is one of the best. It also holds a special place in my heart since last year it was at the kasteel just outside the park that I got engaged! 

 

 

 

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March Photo Challenge: Day 16: Sunglasses

Apparently, I am not a girl who likes to protect her eyes from the sun! I had such a hard time finding both my sunglasses and a picture that had me wearing some. 
So here you go, this is me at a Georgia Tech Football game in 2010. I really miss heading downtown to go to a game. I miss the tailgating. Do people tailgate for voetball games here? I've never been.
Also, I had way too much fun playing with pixlr.com new retro effects. I mean, I just went in there to crop a photo. I came out looking like something that should be submited to tacky photo effects, but I like it. 

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March Photo Challenge: Day 15: Car

I don't have a car here. Actually, neither of us have our driver's license for The Netherlands. I honestly don't miss having a car at all. I love public transportation and even when I had a car, I always tried to pawn off driving on someone else. 

To be honest, the thought of driving in The Netherlands scares the crap out of me! There are bikes that you have to dodge, the tiniest parking spots known to man, and most of the time you have to parallel park. * I can't parallel park, I failed this part of the driving test but because of my sparkling smile, still managed to get my license.* 

One of the odd things they have here in The Netherlands is the little car above. It drives in the bike lane, not on the road and can't go past like 10 miles an hour or something.

Here is my bike, probably the closest think I will own to a car for years. You can accessorize it just like you would a car in the States. I haven't done it yet, but one day I will trick it out. 

 

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