Spring

Living in the Netherlands: Test Run

This week I’m living in the Netherlands. Naarden to be precise. We’re staying at our friend’s place (good timing – he’s on holiday). ย So I’m here to work, test out my new kit and spend some time with the Dutchie after being apart for 2 weeks.

After two dreary days of weather on Monday and Tuesday, yesterday was glorious and I made the most of it by going for a walk to Bussum centrum (centre). As you can see: Spring has sprung!!

Spring in Naarden

Spring in Naarden

Even though I’ve visited the Netherlands countless times before, I’m now looking at it with different eyes. In just over 3 weeks, I’m going to live here. That’s strange to get my head around. One of the first things which made me chuckle was bike lanes compared to the space given to pedestrians. This is something you’d NEVER see in the UK. I’m looking forward to buying a fiets (bike) and joining the cycling community asap.

Cycle lane vs pedestrians

Cycle lane vs pedestrians

Bussum is a very pretty place – who knew? I’ve only been here a handful of times, by car, so it was great to explore on foot and check out the local sights. This lovely church has an even lovelier name: Mariakerkย (kerk = church) and it looked simply stunning in the spring sunshine.

Mariakerk, Bussum

Mariakerk, Bussum

I also stopped briefly in Bilderdijkpark which looked zoย mooi (so beautiful). Everything looks better in the sun, right?! I found out afterwards that the Dutchie used to go to school just around the corner and had spent many a happy afternoon chilling in this very park with his friends.

Bilderdijkpark, Bussum

Bilderdijkpark, Bussum

This friendly little fella was certainly enjoying the sun too!! ๐Ÿ™‚

My ginger friend

My ginger friend

I’ve always wanted a ginger cat so I’m drawn to them. Now to persuade the Dutchie we need another one ๐Ÿ˜‰

My gorgeous spring walk concluded with a little Dutch pride. I saw loads of flags flying on my walk, but none so proud as that attached to the local NH hotel.

Dutch flag

Dutch flag

Bussum – you’re beautiful – I will be back!

Hayley x

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