I have been saying for many years now that I wanted to return to the world of blogging and at the suggestion of some of my nearest and dearest, I decided that February 2023 was the time to do it. Why? You may ask, well because I have taken off to the Netherlands for the next 12 months and now have unlimited opportunities for adventures!
Not because I stopped writing, but because I fell in love with the most wonderful man, Stuart, and actually became his wife! Let's just ignore the fact that I have abandoned the poor lad within our first year of marriage for a year of adventure in yet another foreign land!
Thankfully, my husband is one of the most loving and supportive people I have ever met, and when this opportunity was presented to me, he was my biggest cheerleader, and my biggest supporter. To be honest, after all the lockdowns of the last few years, and the stresses of getting married, I am certain that he is looking forward to a bit of peace and quiet!
I arrived in the Netherlands on February 1st, St. Brigid's Day or Imbolg, back home in Ireland. We are taught in Ireland February 1st is considered the start of spring. It was a Celtic festival celebrating new life and new beginnings. Brigid was a Catholic saint and a pre-Christian goddess. She was a strong and determined woman in both accounts. It feels like a very fitting day to start this new adventure.
So, here I am in a beautiful city called Nijmegen on the eastern border of The Netherlands. So far, I have loved every moment. Everyone has been so friendly, and so helpful. I have a stunning home, all my residency bits and pieces are more or less sorted now and I have a whole city, and country to explore! Thankfully, Stuart will be here to visit in a few weeks, so I can share this wonderful temporary home of mine with him too. I will admit that the waste disposal system scares the bejaysus out of me. I'll be studying it for at least a month!
I am restarting this little love of mine, to share with everyone my 12 months of gallivanting both solo and with my darling husband. I finish with the two phrases (other than my address) that I am confident I can pronounce correctly,
Bedankt en tot ziens!