Greetings from Nijmegen!
The past two months seem to have just flown by. I can hardly believe that it has been this long since I arrived here dragging my two suitcases across the country!
Life in Nijmegen is going really well. I have found the Dutch to be a warm and hospitable nation, with an amazing amazing ability to be blunt and hilarious all at the same time. You definitely know where you stand in the Netherlands! Work has kept me busy, and has been fabulously rewarding. I get to speak with Stuart nearly every evening and I feel like a schoolgirl counting down when I next get to see my husband. 14 in case you are wondering.
We saw each other two weeks ago, and it was the best thing. My excitement and impatience while waiting for my luggage reminded me of how I felt just before I walked down the aisle on our wedding day. I think we have both adapted really well to our current situation, and I actually think that after so much time squished into our flat during lockdowns etc.. the space has done us both the world of good.
management team while we celebrated one of their engagements. I think Stu and I will always look forward to our sessions with this lot. We definitely were a group that could work hard together, and play even harder together!
After a cracking night out somewhere down a side street in Drumchapel, we returned to the Granite city for a bit of Gilbert and Sullivan at the Tivoli theatre. The Pirates of Penzance was amazing, and it cracked me up just how much of the songs I could remember from our school production back in the 1990s.
Throw in a sampling of Tokyo at Six by Nico and we finished up an amazing weekend.
The journey home was brutal. We were an extra 30 minutes in the air due to high winds, and then had to stay on the plane for nearly 3 hours, and it was too windy to attach the steps to the plane. My EU passport paid dividends at passport control when I got to leave the queue of people from the Aberdeen flight and go to the EU passport line. I was through in 5 minutes. The people in that queue had a waiting time of at least 60 minutes. They hadn't even made it into the packed queue in the passport control hall when I was walking out the door of arrivals. Once I made it back to Nijmegen it was time for my first night out with my team. It was also my first night out to eat and it was great!Carpaccio. It looked delicious. My team also tell me about American Filet, but I have not been convinced of that yet. I fear it might be the Dutch equivalent of Bovril.
Food aside, I do want to do a couple of thankfuls in this blog because right now there are a lot of things that I am very thankful for.