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Good morning friends,

Most of you have messy hair right now, your face in a state of oneness with your pillow. Here, in the cold, lowland country, it is just a few degrees above that sacred zero and the sky is a misty gray outside. I wanted a much more clever name for my blog, but really, when it comes down to it, sometimes a practical, straightforward normal title like this one is all that’s needed. Honestly, as my friend Karna Hughes pointed out, if I waited for a visit frm the WBN Muse*, I might still be waiting and not writing.

When I lived in Holland before, I was a semi-wild creature. I left a respectable job in the U.S. for a hot Dutch man, and moved to Amsterdam to live with him in a spacious,  upstairs flat on Da Kostakade, along a canal. Our lives consisted of outings to jazz clubs and cafes in Amsterdam, romantic bicycle rides through the countryside, an occasional trip to France, Belgium, Spain or Italy, and most importantly, long, leisurely Lennon and Yoko Oko style meetings in bed. Some days, when it was particularly cold and rainy and we had nowhere to be, we would stay in bed for half the day. It felt so decadent.

Had we only known that in just a few years we would be married, create a child and become responsible members of society, we would have stayed in bed even longer, just to claim that fleeting moment.

Our return to Holland is of a different nature. We still spend most of our time indoors (we moved here in the height of winter!), but it is filled with entertaining our little boy, cooking and cleaning, looking for work, and adjusting to life in The Hague, or Den Haag, as the Dutch say it.

This blog is intended to be an informative account of our lives here–perhaps with some insights peppered among the little details of every day living, and on occasion,  flowery descriptions of a red balloon trapped in the ice covered canal, steam rising from the Bosje (little forest) and other snapshots along the way. I was an English major for God’s sake. It is my duty to use adjectives and adverbs as I paint a picture with words.

Until next time,

Kristin in Holland

*WBN Muse: Witty Blog Name Muse

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