Ok ok ok. Why is it that thinking about writing this seems so daunting and yet every time I actually sit down and do it I have so much fun? Surely there’s a lesson in there…
I can’t believe I’ve already been here for nearly a month. I’m going to start fresh in March (she said, idealistically), but decided that I may as well jot down a bare boned re-cap of what I’ve done so far. I’d already forgotten a lot of it, which I hate, but luckily I have a calendar and a camera to jog my memory! So here goes. Week one and a bit in the life of Sally’s Amsterdam:
Arrive in Amsterdam! Nearly pass out from hunger, exhaustion and wearing too many layers while working my way through a series of lines to set up appointments and get house keys.
Accidentally walk into a coffee shop while looking for free wifi.
Feel like a real rube.
**Editor’s note: This was written several days ago. I’m working on figuring out a better system of staying on top of my updates, but new things just keep happening! I’ll get better as I go.**
I am writing this at my desk with a cup of tea on one side and a bottle of wine on the other. Jet lag has hit me in full force (Mother, you were right about it sneaking up after a couple of days) and now on top of that, I have a cold. After buying something I was assured would help with congestion but actually turned out to be just acetaminophen with vitamin C and caffeine (perfect for trying to sleep), I discovered yesterday that you can’t get actual cold medicine without a prescription in most of Europe. Cool.
Amsterdam is beautiful, even through my tired, glassy eyes. I am astounded by the natural eye for design all the locals seem to have. I catch myself staring into windows that I think are galleries or beautifully put together shops, only to realize I’m peeping straight into someone’s apartment. Gorgeous bookshelves, beautiful pieces of art, narrow staircases up to levels I can’t quite see — It all looks like it’s straight out of Dwell. As for my own apartment… it’s getting there. I have pictures up on the walls, but I could use a plant and a rug. A trip to Ikea may be in my future.