Life in the time of Corona – Captain’s log: Day 216

In the last few months I have been looking for a house. The Dutch property market is something of a dog show and things just seem to go before you even know it. Since June I have viewed at least 10 properties, and a few viewings were cancelled because it was sold before I couldContinue reading “Life in the time of Corona – Captain’s log: Day 216”

Life in the time of Corona – Captain’s log: Day 215

A friend stopped by for a cup of tea and a chat. We kept a respectable distance from each other to remain within the covid guidelines etc. But it was so good to share a pot of tea and talk to a person. I am lucky that I’m my short time in the Netherlands I’veContinue reading “Life in the time of Corona – Captain’s log: Day 215”

Life in the time of Corona – Captain’s log: Day 214

I had the best intentions of catching up with work over the weekend, but as I switched on my laptop, there was just no way I could get connected to the server. I can’t remember when I’ve ever been disappointed that I couldn’t work in my free time. Being forced to take a break hasContinue reading “Life in the time of Corona – Captain’s log: Day 214”

Life in the time of Corona – Captain’s log: Day 213

If we stay on the topic of Dutch food for a moment, we have to talk about stamppot. Its basically mash with attitude. Arriving in a strange country, especially on your own, means that you’re more likely to get to know the convenience foods in the supermarket, and perhaps in time you will figure outContinue reading “Life in the time of Corona – Captain’s log: Day 213”

Life in the time of Corona – Captain’s log: Day 212

I believe that in the past I may have mentioned the plethora of Dutch holiday treats. In between chocolate letters, kruidnoten, pepernoten and everything else, I am surprised that the average Dutch person on the street is lean as they are. Today I discovered a wonder hitherto unknown to myself, and I’m still deciding ifContinue reading “Life in the time of Corona – Captain’s log: Day 212”

Life in the time of Corona – Captain’s log: Day 210

Today marks a year since I started my new job and life in the Netherlands. What a year its been! New job, new country, new friends, (and thankfully a few old friends) and that was even before Corona was a thing. For the last 7 months I have been working from home like the majorityContinue reading “Life in the time of Corona – Captain’s log: Day 210”

Life in the time of Corona – Captain’s log: Day 209

There was another press conference, and the Netherlands are going into a partial lockdown. Bars and restaurants are closed again and a whole host of rules now apply again. The rate of infections is one of the highest in Europe and basically, well, its not good. I guess it’s time to stock up on cakeContinue reading “Life in the time of Corona – Captain’s log: Day 209”

Life in the time of Corona – Captain’s log: Day 207

Rainy Amsterdam on a Sunday, is a pretty familiar sight, especially this time of year. On our way to breakfast, we walked past the Rijksmuseum and admired the gardens for a bit, before enjoying a hearty Irish breakfast at O’Donnels pub. Afterwards we had another cup of coffee , and when the rain lifted aContinue reading “Life in the time of Corona – Captain’s log: Day 207”