The spring turns into summer

The shower in boarding has great water pressure and temperature control. I am guilty of taking showers twice a day if it’s very stressful. I also bought the extra fluffy towels for the house parent’s room so there’s a warm welcome after the troubles have been washed away.

I’m tired but the end is very much in sight. This is a welcomed fatigue. The kind you have when you’ve reached the end of long trip; you came, you conquered and you’re returning home soon. Home, for us, is the ‘normal world’ where Graeme and I are partners not co-workers and we cook our own meals rather than supervise the vigorous consumption of food.
We have secured an apartment in Amsterdam for July-August after which we hope to do a bit of traveling (Copenhagen for design week, Italy to meet up with friends and England to visit Graeme’s parents). We have a couple extra beds in the summer¬†apartment, so we’re always open for visitors! I can’t promise sun, but I can promise yummy stroopwaffels, picturesque canals and flower shops galore. If you ever wanted to visit Amsterdam, now’s perhaps the time!!
In the next couple weeks we’ll be purging and organizing. I’ll be creating my case study of my time here for my design portfolio. We’ll be writing evaluations of our time here. We’ll be packing up our stuff to move again!
Once in Amsterdam, we’ll be investigating the visa process for Graeme joining me in the US and of course, trying to get back into the swing of things with our other hobbies. There’s plenty of long term projects that may move from the back burner. I’m excited about moving back into the design scene and reading and blogging.
As we look forward to our summer in Europe, we think about all the wonderful events in the lives of our friends and family. New babies entering into the world, new life commitments being made, new adventures starting. We feel blessed but also a tad sad to not get to celebrate with you in person. Skype will have to do. Skype will also be a bit easier once we’re living in Amsterdam again as well. We look forward to it!
Graeme

Graeme at a great pie place with specialty chutneys from Australia

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