We left the US one month ago today! Let’s give a little celebration for the successful first month—because if you’ve moved cold-turkey to a new place (I’m thinking of my move to Boston in 2003), the first month has the potential to be very, very bad. And ours has been surprisingly drama-free.
Here are some notable accomplishments of Month One (Maand Een), in no significant order:
- Got our BS numbers, which is something like our SSNs back home (or so I think). This enabled us to…
- Open a bank account, which means Tim gets paid.
- Learned some Dutch words. Hoping to learn a lot more soon—going to an informational meeting today to learn about a course we might qualify to take for free.
- Got my library card. Used it plenty.
- Bought bikes and remembered how to ride them.
- Successfully completed Dutch paperwork for our rail discount card, Rail Plus card, and grocery store bonus card!
- Found a church we really like.
- Conquered the setting up of our home Internet… no small feat, with no real tech support and instructions in Dutch and my computer being strangely (for a Mac) uncooperative.
- Used said Internet to watch SportsCenter online.
- Booked and took our first getaway, since we’re in Europe, after all! …That’s right, we spent the past three days in Brugge, Belgium. Check back soon for more on that, and here’s a couple teasers in the meantime.