While i don't want to bore with the particulars, here's the goods and the bads of three months in Amsterdam.
- Exploring the city on my bike - remembering what it felt like in the pre-car days of zipping through the streets at night with the wind in your hair.
- Cool restaurants, bars, cafes, parks, museums, and galleries - definately a wonderful city
- Meeting new people - meeting my new Dutch friends and other expats
- Renewing friendships with old friends and their kids.
- Being challenged at work - meeting really dedicated people who are working under hard conditions to help others. feeling proud whenever I tell someone where I work and they react positively - I'm learning new things almost every day which is good.
- Losing some weight from exercising and feeling healthy
- Long summer evenings
- Riding small boats around on the canals drinking wine with friends
- Very good inexpensive wine in the grocery stores
- Great cheese everywhere
- Fabulous breads
- The option of taking a boat ferry for a commute!
- Mosquitos - the Dutch mosquitos are the only ones in the world that have ever bitten me.
- Being awakened at 3am by my neighbors fighting, a mosquito buzzing in my ear, the water heater over my bed cycling on and off constantly, and simon chasing the mosquito - falling asleep at 5am and having to awaken at 5:3oam to ride to the train station in the pouring rain.
- 50 degrees and July.
- Learning that I will probably be evicted from my apartment in October so having to do the apartment hunt all over again but in August when everyone is on vacataion - fear of being tossed out on the street with my cat.
- The office politics of where I work - lots of french male egos and obscure regulations
- Dealing with new systems for the daily life (bank, travel, health care, shopping)
- Being in a whole different timezone from my family and friends
- Feeling like noone here really understands me yet - still constantly in small talk mode.
- Feeling anxious to prove myself at work and do something worthwhile but afraid of running afoul of all the egos and the obscure work regulations and inadvertently causing a negative reputation.