Goodbuy Amsterdam,Hello Uncle Sam or new life in America

The aftermath or
What a year it has been!!!
Turbulent doesn’t even begin to describe it!
As stated in my previous entry,we moved house across the ocean(make that oceans) and starting a new life in California.
With no rich uncle to fall on,or any friends.
Then again,this is how we do it.
No fear.Head on.
Since july 2013 it has been go,go,go.
Do.Do.Do.
Hurry,hurry,hurry.
Paperwork.Legwork.
Cleaning all junk from our home.
Giving staff away to charities,to neighbours,to Johan the fruit guy…

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Out with the old…

It’s amazing how much useful staff junk was lurking around the house…

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Shoes-goodbye old friends

It pained me to part with my shoes,but I had to make a wise choice what to take  and what to leave…Aaahh..

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Wires,wires,wires

My husbands old friends also had to go…

In six short months,we put our Dutch house for sale,quit a cushy job and easy life and moved to USA.
Goodbuy Amsterdam…Hello, Uncle Sam…

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Goodbye Amsterdam

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Goodbuy Rijksmuseum

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Amsterdam

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Amsterdam,Museumplein and me

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Sunflowers and Amsterdam

Just the 2 of us,followed by a 7 cubic meter container with all our (O.K.mostly mine 98 %) crap possessions.

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Living in a box

Our life in boxes…

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Best way to pack for transatlantic journey

69 of them, to be precise…

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Best way to pack for transatlantic journey

We try to use some highly scientific method with paper tape on the floor to figure out the cubic meter size of the container needed,which of course didn’t quite pan out, so we ended up miscalculating.So 5 cubic meter turned out to be 7, and big pain in the …wallet.

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Best way to pack for transatlantic journey

Note to all would be movers in another continent-when shipping stuff across continents,use plastic storage boxes and drawers,instead of paper.It’s more sturdy and rain-proof-as tested by us during our container loading day.It was freezing cold and rained cats and dogs. And boy, were we happy that we used plastic…

And here is my favorite moment of our journey to America.Trying so see the unknown.So full of hope.So full of promise.So full of the excitement.

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Though the looking glass or the future is 15 hours away….in L.A.

Would it be turbulent.Or rough.Or smooth?!…As the saying goes:
”One day can make your life.One day can break your life.
All life is, is four or five days that change everything”  (Drew Barrymore,from Riding in cars with boys)
And that was THAT day.

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On a wing and a prayer…

Giddy with excitement…
Future,here we come…
And that was the 2013 most defining moment…

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