This purpose of this blog is to share with you my experiences as an international living overseas. I explore new destinations, give travel tips and share recipes from my expat kitchen for when I get too homesick.
After three months of being home in Los Angeles I am officially back in the Netherlands.
With a heavy heart I say farewells to family, friends, sunny weather, and authentic Mexican food. But I recognize that this is a new exciting chapter in my life. And with the necessary essentials in my large suitcases (Tapatio hot sauce & Cheetos) I am more than ready. So I set off for the long 10 hour journey across 5,551 miles/8,941 km.
Stepping off the plane the all too familiar scene of grey skies and and sideways rain greets me. I instantly check the Buienradar app (Dutch rain radar) for the day’s forecast. Sighing heavily I remember two days prior I was wearing flip flops and sipping bubble tea at an outdoor cafe. What person in their right mind would return here during the dead of winter? As I gathered my baggage at the luggage terminal I thought about how I left this country last November just when the temperature was dropping well below my comfort zone – pretty much the best time to book a flight back home. Typical weather in LA is around 70F/21C so perhaps I should have extended my plane ticket until Spring arrived…
But I knew this was not the right attitude to have and that I would eventually acclimate to the weather here again. What really assured me of this was being welcomed at the airport by my own Dutchie who was readily towing my winter coat, scarf and beanie in hand to better brace the cold. I realize that whether sideways rain, horrible hail or shine that I am truly meant to be here to start this journey in the Netherlands.
This purpose of this blog is to share with you my experiences as an international living overseas. For the past three years I’ve migrated to London, Paris and Amsterdam. Now recently relocating to a new city I would like to chronicle this new journey and share it with you. Within this blog you will find my account on navigating the Dutch culture and language in the Netherlands. I explore new destinations, give travel tips and share recipes from my expat kitchen for when I get too homesick.