You recently celebrated Kings Day and from what we saw, heard and experienced, it was a day filled with smiles, good times and fun memories. You’re probably wondering what the reason for this letter is, well, Kings Day is also a very special day for us. It marks one-whole-year of living in The Netherlands – and I just had to say thank you.
It’s been such a life-changing year in so many ways, I don’t even know where to begin.
First and foremost, thank you for welcoming me, my fiancé and our furry child Ohana, with open arms. Thank you for making sure we felt at home quickly and for the friendly locals who helped us figure things out along the way. We’re so happy here, we’ve forgotten we’re expats.
I will be honest, it definitely wasn’t always easy. Your very-fast-paced-way-of-life was a bit intimidating, but it quickly taught us how precious, valuable and important, time is.
Everything about you is amazing and we couldn’t have asked for a better life. Being able to cycle, walk and even float around so safely has been an eye-opener to how life should be. We especially love the fact that we can braai almost everywhere and that it’s completely normal.
Thank you for being patient with us as expats and for understanding our confusion at times. We’re sorry for holding you up in the grocery aisles – your products are amazing and that makes decision making, very difficult sometimes.
A big thank you for communicating with us in English. Every level of English is greatly appreciated and never judged.
Thank you for welcoming our family and friends on holidays to explore this new chapter of our lives with us.
Thank you for treating my fiancé to flying a Boeing 737 (flight training simulation at CAE Civil Aviation) and for a spin on the racetrack with a Formula One driver at the wheel – literally what dreams are made of.
Thank you for blessing us with so many amazing memories in just, one year. We’ve got so much more to see and to re-do. You’ve even managed to convince my fiance to try all your crazy theme park rides – you’re not winning me over, not yet.
Holland, you’ve been a non-stop, endless year of a beauty overload and we are forever grateful for being able to stay another year. We couldn’t have asked for a better life. A million times, thank you.
PS: how can I forget… thank you for all the snow.
With all my love,
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