Colours of Spring

Living in The Netherlands fresh tulips are easy to come by.  I live in Utrecht, and every Saturday at the Janskerkhof square there is a flower market (Bloemenmarkt) to buy bouquets, potted plants of different sizes, garden plants and bulbs at cheap to reasonable prices.  This weekend for 5 euros I bought 3 fresh bouquets with a small bunch of narcissus flowers on the side.

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I’m always amazed at how a simple addition like a fresh bouquet can liven up the atmosphere of a room so much.  These vibrant colours are much needed especially when winter still seems to be clinging on…

 

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It’s not a Sunday until you waste it completely then start feeling really sad around 8pm

Well, thank goodness we changed the clocks this weekend to go back an hour so now it’s actually only 7pm.  I took these photos in my neighbourhood just 2 weekends ago, and already there’s a quite a change… the trees are pretty much naked now!

It’s been very busy since I came back from Paris last weekend, and this week I’m going to Marrakech!  Lots of exciting things going on, and I hope to sort out all my pictures asap, so do check back for updates!

Confessions #1a of an Expat

A few nights ago I was catching up with an old childhood friend.  Facebook has kept us somewhat in the loop about each other’s lives but we really have not had a proper chat since 2006 (that’s 9 years ago!).  My friend Crystal told me about expat life as an accountant in the US, and I told her about my expat life working as an academic the Netherlands.  And while sharing stories with Crystal, I realized that it has definitely been a journey with ups-and-downs since moving abroad 5 years ago.  So today I share a few personal confessions about the things I found, and to some degree still find challenging, about being an expat in the Netherlands.

The beautiful city of Utrecht, where I have been living for the last 3 years.

The beautiful city of Utrecht, where I have been living for the last 3 years.

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