Accommodations

House Hunting

House Hunting

We started the apartment hunt ourselves with online listings in Amsterdam. How hard could it be, right? Well, frankly, pretty hard. Apartments in our budget were limited and online information did not indicate whether pets were allowed (usually not). We sent dozens of emails expressing interest, and if we ever heard back, the apartments had already been taken. Even when we received an email notification and replied within minutes, the property was often already gone.

Intimate Urban Living

Intimate Urban Living

Down in the street we hear bikes always rattling, prospective shoppers, tourists, parents and their children, young people, old people and everyone in-between. We've heard more than one woman singing opera on her bike at midnight, more than a few girls giggling on their way to school followed by more than a few boys hollering after them, more than one man whistling a jaunty tune in the afternoon, more than a few middle-aged drunks kicking cans down the street, and then the street sweepers rumble by every morning to start the day anew.

Three Impatient Shus

Three Impatient Shus

On the bright side, we’re making great headway on downsizing, moving and storing our stuff. It feels really good, and absolutely liberating. Every day we’re crossing items off our list and we can see the light at the end of this very long tunnel. This week we’re going to spend time with family, start moving some furniture and attend a wedding, which sounds like a pretty cool week to us.