Working, too much stuff and then everything doesn't go as planned...
February 23, 2016
Back in the Netherlands and again the daily pace has quickened. Although here in Utrecht it is relaxed I must admit. You are further away from Amsterdam and therefore are less tempted to push everybody and everything into your schedule. And I also have to work now!
Yes, our own company has taken off! The first 10 interviews through videocall are done, my network is updated about my new job and the first meetings with companies are scheduled. Well actually I already have send a profile to a company which might be a great match! It is chaotic and I can't sleep due to all the new programming languages and terms that are flying through my head. But so far I like it.
In between of all the CV scanning, interview planning, vacancy searching and networking, I am of course still busy dumping my stuff. Since I have sold my appartement and most of the stuff that was in it last year, I kept a storage unit in Amsterdam with my left overs. Like a laundry machine, some chairs, clothes (LOTS of clothes and shoes) and some boxes with personal stuff from when I was little. Unfortunately I am not blessed with parents that are having a huge attic or garage. No, everybody lives in Amsterdam so nobody has free space. To rent 3,5 square metres, means you have to pay €80 per month! And because I am not planning on needing 85% of this stuff soon, I decided to get rid of it. I sold my laundry machine, drier, chairs, lamps, vacuum and I hope to sell some more. But the Netherlands is full. No one needs anything, we are too rich. By the end of next week, I have to 'evacuate' my unit. I guess I will call a store that sells second hand things to come and get all the rest for free. All my plates, glasses, kitchen tools, a fauteuil, clothes, shoes, bags, table and more. All gone... I want to have a maximum of 4 boxes left and two items of furnishment (belongs in the family so those won't go).
Some people ask me: "Are you actually going to dump all of it? No things left?" Actually I can not wait for that moment! It starts to be really really annoying. For the second time I am back home and I need to be busy arranging this, which means I can not see my nephew or friends in that time. How big of a waste of time is that? Next time that we are back, I do not want to be busy with this AGAIN. So let's get the stuff out and stop struggling with it and start having some extra time with my friends and family instead. It will feel sooo liberating!
A third thing I also thought of doing while we are in the Netherlands, is giving our van a little upgrade. (Yes, I realize I am the one that 'quickens the pace'... ) I made a table for inside and I am busy making new curtains as well. All of course with the help of my parents... Lets be honest, I am not THAT handy. Hopefully I will finish this in time before we leave. But guess what? After starting on the curtains at my mothers in Amsterdam, the van didn't want to start... It was the first time that our van didn't want to start. Actually the first time it ever malfunctioned after more than 22.000km. And of course it happens when is -3 degrees Celsius and 8 o'clock in the evening. Even after my garage owner came by late in the evening, the van didn't want to start... I left it in Amsterdam and went back to Utrecht.
A second time: guess what? In my previous blog I told that we were accepted as house sitters in Portugal. But suddenly, after 2 years having the house for sale, they received an offer... The house will be sold with a 80% change, before the end of April. So that was a big bummer when we read this news. And Dimitris had just signed up for the half marathon of Lisbon the 20th of April.
Hmmm... big mixup of our plans and no van. Only a house in Utrecht for another 1,5 week and an appartement booked for 1 week in Bordeaux. Some people would maybe freak out by now. I must admit, I was starting to turn into one of those people. But well, I couldn't organise something else within 24 hours anyway so I just let it for a bit.
And guess what? (third time...) The owners of the house in Portugal, offered their house in France to us, to stay at least for some weeks! An awesome house in a small village on the slopes of the Pyrenees. How about that? What kind of a lucky bastards are we? So next target for half of March: the Pyrenees!
Our luck didn't stop: the garage owner called and told us it was just some air that got mixed with the diesel... My own mistake which is easily to prevent next time by going to the gasstation a little bit sooner. Our van is working again!
A little over one week left to organise all the things here in the Netherlands and we are of to France. Who knows if we end up in Portugal after all. For now, we have a van AND a plan!