• Tales about life

    Let the hunting games begin!

    We’ve spend some time early October in the middle of the woods. We had this cute cottage surrounded with trees and the only thing you could hear was the wind and the birds singing their song. 

    But as soon as the sun went down and the lights inside went on, you could hear some buzzing around you. Yep, the mosquitos came in. They weren’t invited but they sneaked in the moment we weren’t paying attention. The first night we didn’t really noticed any of them before we went to bed, but that night I was scratching a lot. The next morning I thought it was the laundry detergent but as soon as I stepped under the shower I noticed approximately 15 mosquito bites on my legs. Soon to find out that there were like a 100 more on the rest of my body. 

    WARNING: If you think mosquitos are all cute and lovely, do not read any further because the hunting is starting from now.

    Since I was already pretty full with bite marks from the night before, I thought it would be a good idea to start hunting some down before bed. So I’ve brushed my teeth and got the local newspaper from a couple years back. I rolled it all  up and was ready to rumble. One, two, three yes got them. Within no time I’ve already slayed 14 mosquitos and I thought I had them all so I went to bed. But it couldn’t be that easy, there was a survivor. I woke up that morning with two new lovely bites.. in my face. Of all the places they choose my face. Since I was on a holiday in the middle of nowhere I couldn’t really care where they were located, only thing is that it is super annoying and super itchy. So this small little bite will become a huge big red spot when you start to scratch.. 

    Night 3; This is so not going to happen again.. There we go again, this time Mark came to help me hunt down all of them. It was this funny walk around the cottage closing all the windows and looking in every corner at least three times. Not sure how it looked but I’m sure it would look like two weirdos hunting on this big thing while it is only a mosquito haha. Funny thing was that the current amount of bites on my body were like thirty-ish and I only noticed 2 on Mark’s back.. Not sure why they didn’t want some fresh blood after two nights. 

    At the moment of typing there is a mosquito on my hand trying to get some goodies from me. Good news and bad news: bad news is that I’ve missed one again with my evening routine.. Guess the hunting game is not for me! Good news is she’s not going to get something from me. Sorry little bug but I’m done with all the scratching..

    Any way.. I really recommend to go to a cottage in the middle of nowhere! The amount of rest and relaxation we’ve had was priceless and totally needed in this crazy times! But be prepared and take some insect repellent with you or get ready for the hunt!

  • Tales about life

    Rainy bike rides

    Rainy bike rides

    Last month we went for a drink in a local bar for my parents their birthday. We decided to take the risk and go by bike instead of the bus. I mean we are dutchies, so it would be weird if we wouldn’t take the bike right?

    07.45pm Thirty minutes before we should leave. There was little to no rain, and the predictions said it would get less and less by the minute. Yeah let’s go by bike, I bet the predictions are right this time!

    08.10pm We get our keys and put our coats on. Still dry so that’s good.

    08.14pm Cool, cool, cool, still dry outside. The weather gods are here with us tonight!

    08.15pm We’re about the jump om the bicycle, aaaaaaand rain.. Yep it was raining way more than thirty minutes ago. Anyway.. We were already on the bike and there was no way back. So that moment we started to complain a bit about that rain sucks and how crappy it is to arrive in the bar totally soaked. Even if it is one of the most normal things to happen in a rainy country like the Netherlands. I mean, I don’t even look up if anybody is soaked in a bar if it is raining outside. It would be more weird if there were people who weren’t soaked..

    08.20pm Starting to accept that we are biking in the rain. And so came the memories of the 18 year old us, also complaining about the rain and that we would totally never bike in the rain again as soon as we got our own car. Well here we are at 26 and 28 biking through the rain with the same complaints about how crappy it is to bike through the rain. Something went wrong here..

    08.30pm Arriving at the bar and we are totally not the only ones who got wet from the rain! Like mentioned before, we live in this rainy country and even if it is pouring outside, Dutchies will go by bike. No matter what.

    And that is one of the beautiful things in the Netherlands. Everybody is complaining about the rain and that they wouldn’t want to go out. But as soon as were out, we accept the rain. Especially when you’re going home, it really doesn’t matter what kind of weather it is. This was just one of those evenings, we had a super nice evening, with good food, good drinks and good company. We jumped back on the bike and off course it was still raining, but we really couldn’t care less. We were having fun and living in the moment talking about the things we enjoyed.

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    Our new (tiny) kitchen

    We’ve moved in our (first) apartment with the intention to live bigger after five years. Now five years later, we’re still here. And in five years time a lot can change. Not only the economic and financial part, but also mindset. We’ve decided to stay here a bit longer, because why would we need a bigger house at the moment? Just because of the space? We didn’t think that was worth all the money at this moment, and rather wanted to give some upgrades to our current apartment.

    From the start we already had a clear mind about the kitchen.. It is so tiny! When the architect was making the plans for this building, he totally forgot to add a kitchen in the house. Well somebody was in a luxury position of never cooking! So when they were building everything, they had to put a last minute kitchen in here. Result: tiny kitchen. Besides the tinyness, it was also a very outdated kitchen. It worked and we’ve accepted it. We even developed some sort of dance that I can cook and my partner can do the dishes at the same time! (Nope, we do not have a dishwasher. Those things take up so much space!)

    But now we’ve decided to live here a little longer, we wanted to fulfill our (maybe a bit more mine) wish to get a stove. Not a huge one with six pitts, but a gas stove with an oven underneath. Sounds so silly and easy, but it would make me so happy! When I lived at my parents I always baked stuff, cakes, cookies, but also pizza from scratch! And for the past five years that baking got less and less because of the tiny oven we had. Also this oven, it did what it had to do and we’ve accepted it. But we were going to do this, project kitchen!

    February 2020, the first time we’ve been to the IKEA and got some info. Ok, I’m só happy and we’re só going to do this! March 2020, COVID-19 kicks in. Lockdown all over, also at IKEA… Since we were still in the first phase of planning out our kitchen, we needed to postpone our plans without any sight of when this would take place! In the mean time, we’ve already got some cabinets out so there was this ugly wall visible. But not a problem, it only gave us more space for our evening cooking/dishes dance!

    Then finally things got better with the corona virus during summertime, so we’ve been to the IKEA again to talk over the details. After some small hiccups everything was delivered in August and ready to become a kitchen. And boy, that feeling that everything is out and you have nothing left.. It sucks! After all you know it will all be alright, but at the moment you’ve got nothing… 

    And right before my birthday, there it was! Our beautiful new kitchen! It’s still tiny, but it has a stove, a bigger sink and it is so much more better looking. This will be the start of a lot of awesome dishes, a lot of cookies (hell yeah!!) and all the other good stuff.  But also a consistent reminder that you have to life in the moment and sometimes need to take action right away. We postponed this kitchen because we thought we would be gone after five years, but five years later we realized we could already have enjoyed a new kitchen for five years if we took action right away.

    Point is; don’t look to far in the future and enjoy the moment. Just like I am enjoying my kitchen at this moment!