Rotterdam, the first post

After an uneventful 8 hour flight I arrived at Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam. My brother was expecting two of his offspring as well as me in some triple crown of orchestrated arrivals (we were flying three different carriers and coming from three different cities), and within an hour we were on our way home to Rotterdam. It took me until today to get my sleep turned around. Miserable does not begin to cover it. Around here, walking is the main mode of transportation. I’ve been valiant and not whined or moaned, but I was not happy. Today, I’m happy. 🙂

There are SO many differences in lifestyle between my house and his. I have pictures of many of them and will post as I get myself together. Simple things I take for granted don’t exist here, mostly for efficiency’s sake. It’s a different mindset entirely. Any of you who’re ex-pats understand what I mean; any of you who’ve traveled a little further into Europe than, say, the main cities, will also know what I mean.

Space is at a premium in the cities, so things are as economically sized as possible. The stairwells are narrow and the stairs themselves are steep. The rooms often serve more than one purpose. Certain aspects of daily life are simplified. To wit:    

Fridge, freezer, stovetop Refrigerator, freezer, stovetop. Handy.
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Washer…it’s waist high. See a dryer anywhere? Nope. That’s out here, where the rain is threatening:
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(Sry for fuzzy; wind was blowing)

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And now I know why Europeans drive small cars. Can’t see my Envoy fitting down most of these side streets. And parking? Who am *I* kidding?

I’m having issues with pictures, so I’ll leave that until I have a little more time. I’m adjusting to the time difference, think I’m done with jet lag and the blisters on my feet from walking everywhere are retreating. I’m ready to start looking around.

Tot ziens!

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~ by perchance2knit on April 27, 2009.

2 Responses to “Rotterdam, the first post”

  1. Thanks for the pics hope u have a great time. My friend Sue Patterson missed ur sale but I told her to contact you anyway and let u know that she is my friend.

  2. I’ve never traveled beyond Canada, so I love seeing your pictures! Hope you’re having a great time!

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