Christmas Belgian Style

In an effort to celebrate Christmas with family (instead of all by ourselves in pity) we imposed our presence upon Sam’s second cousins and second cousins once removed. (FYI I’m very knowledgeable regarding cousin relationships. One has to know 3-4 and removal status when growing up in a small Midwestern town. While Inadvertently dating distant…

An Unfortunate Welcome

There are some fairly non-glamorous aspects of traveling. Like when your camera and passports are snatched from a train at a brief stop in Brussels. Or filing a police report and submitting your passport number to authorities so no one uses said passport illegally. And then missing the rental car company by 5 minutes because…

Gluhwein = Mulled Wine

The Christmas market in Dusseldorf is more of a grown up party. Locals and tourists pack narrow streets to browse craft and food stalls. Children tend to see only the backside of the adult in front of them as they’re shuffled along by parents. And the night time festivities get downright jolly with barrels of…

Trimming the Tree

; ; Sunday Sam and I bought a Christmas tree and spent the afternoon decorating with REAL glass ornaments (which I dropped and shattered) and Claus family cutouts, courtesy of Ikea. Afterwards, we drank tea, ate stroopwaffels (an absolute favorite Dutch dessert for anytime of year) and FaceTimed my family in SLC. Update: There has…

2 Months

We’ve now been living in Amsterdam over 2 months. Which feels about right. I’m still in wide eyed wonder mode but l’ve also established routines and we’re slowly making friends. Amsterdam is one of the most welcoming cities I’ve ever lived in or visited. People genuinely enjoy speaking English (if your Dutch is close to…