Hello from the Netherlands, PMC! I miss you all dearly.
It’s been a month since we landed in the Netherlands and wow, they have been both extremely slow and extremely fast. Leaving PMC, getting married, going on a honeymoon to Hawaii (dreamy), an international move, and trying to furnish a completely unfurnished apartment has had my head spinning a bit. Amid all the craziness, however, I have a deep sense that I am where I am supposed to be and—more importantly—with whom I’m supposed to be with (aka Brandon, aka my husband, aka OH MY GOSH I’M MARRIED).
A week ago after three weeks of searching, we finally were approved for a rental apartment near the city center of Eindhoven where we are living. It’s brand new and on the 10th floor! We just got our first piece of furniture today (a mattress from Ikea!), and we move in on Nov 15. I cannot wait to be able to cook real meals.
Speaking of real meals…the cookbook. ❤ ❤ ❤. I absolutely love it. I was able to read it for the first time on the plane over here and seeing your recipes and comments made me feel as if I were being wrapped in a quilt of love—just like my final Sunday at PMC. I can’t wait to start cooking!
As for life in the Netherlands, it is really is absolutely amazing. Everybody bikes—rain or shine. The Dutch have us PNWers beat on rain tolerance. It will be pouring down rain and the city center is just as full of people walking around, shopping and sitting in cafes. We’ve gone on days trips to Utrecht, Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Bruges (my favorite). We even got to walk by and peer in to the Doopsgezind (Mennonite) church in Amsterdam! Everybody has been extremely, extremely kind to us. We especially love two of our hotel workers, Danique and Poppy.
We will never say no to a letter! Our address here will be:
Britt and Brandon Clarno
5617BB Eindhoven, The Netherlands