Bicycle stories

I’ve talked quite a lot about bikes lately so I thought I would just continue with this topic!

I had already tasted the joy of driving a car in the presence of cyclists before moving to the Netherlands. Yes, cycling is also very valued in the area of Turnhout, in Flemish Belgium.

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Chapter 9: Netherlands, here I come!

What happened in the previous chapters:

I finally decided to rent an apartment in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, and found one at the end of January 2008, 4 months after I started working in the Netherlands and after some hesitation about which country I would choose to settle myself (see chapter 6). I was to leave my small student room in Belgium at last! In the meantime I was shuttling back and forth between Weert – the Dutch town I was working in – and Turnhout – the Belgian town I was living in – nearly daily with my old Peugeot 205…

March 2008

Once I had received the keys of my new apartment, my weeks were filled with transferring boxes from one apartment to the other, buying basic furniture and making my apartement ready, juggling with the many car battery problems and other car-related issues. Needless to say that my days off were flying away in those days!

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Chapter 8: Between Belgium and the Netherlands

What happened in the previous chapters:

I finally decided to rent an apartment in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, and found one at the end of January 2008, 4 months after I started working in the Netherlands and after some hesitation about which country I would choose to settle myself (see chapter 6). I was to leave my small student room in Belgium at last! In the meantime I was shuttling back and forth between Weert – the Dutch town I was working in – and Turnhout – the Belgian town I was living in – nearly daily with my old Peugeot 205…

February 2008 – March 2008

At last, the long-awaited day that I would receive my keys arrived! The key delivery was very impersonal as they were handed to me in an envelope at the estate agency on Friday 29 February 2008 at 9 am. And yet, what a feeling of freedom when I took possession of the keys!

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The Versatile Blogger Award

versatileblogger111Many thanks to Jansenphoto for having nominated me for the Versatile Blogger Award! If you like photography, you should definitely check his site as you will find pictures of enchanting landscapes as well as out of the ordinary and abstract pictures. Ok, I’ll admit this: I have a preference for the amazing photos of landscape and nature at all seasons!

However, let’s clarify straight away that being European I am not used to being nominated and to be honest, I don’t really feel the need of it either, but I’ll play the game for my first nomination.

This also means that I won’t be angry if people don’t accept the challenge as there are great chances that I won’t participate in all the challenges/awards I will be nominated for!

The rules of the Versatile Blogger Award

  • Thank the person who gave you this award. That’s common courtesy.
  • Include a link to their blog. That’s also common courtesy — if you can figure out how to do it.
  • Next, select 15 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly. ( I would add, pick blogs or bloggers that are excellent!)
  • Nominate those 15 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award — you might include a link to this site.
  • Finally, tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself.

So, my nominees are:

  1. Maria Victoria Smith The many opinions of a British girl with a Dutch obsession
  2. Le souffleur de mots Des mots et des photos sur la nature et l’humanité
  3. Le Blog d’un grand blond
  4. Bises de Paris Impressies van een Hollandaise in Parijs
  5. Globe-T Le Bonnet voyageur / The travelling Winter Hat
  6. OUR FRENCH OASIS Our Family – Our Lifestyle – Our Tales from France
  7. Telly’s colors  Bretonne voyageuse et Volontaire aux JO
  8. les dessins d’humeur de gil
  9. Integrated Expat a British expat’s ode to Nijmegen, Arnhem & the Dutch
  10. Des mots… pour un long fleuve tranquille
  11. Au pays des C

My list is only 11 blogs long because most of the bloggers I follow prefer not to be nominated.

As you probably have noticed 😉 I am particularly fond of blogs that talk about the mixture of cultures, about living and travelling abroad as well as blogs showing nice pictures. May you share the same interests, you are more than welcome to have a look at my nominees’ blogs!

And to conclude, here are 7 things about me:

  1. One of my knicknames is “the Japonese tourist” as I am very often carrying my camera with me and taking lots of pictures.
  2. What I miss most about France: the “pain de campagne” (farmhouse bread) from a baker’s, or even better: a freshly baked bread covered in poppy seeds! (You can wake me up at night for that type of bread together with chocolate spread!!! That’s not something I should do very often!) And pastries!
  3. I love flowers and nature in general.
  4. I love old stones and the stories they tell.
  5. I love evenings with friends at a restaurant or at home.
  6. I don’t have any pet.
  7. Unlike jansenphoto I don’t like “drop” (Dutch liquorice) 😉