I wish this blog post had the same budget as that movie! Alas, this is not a feel-good Hollywood drama.
However, this post is supposed to make me feel good by reminding me of all the progress we’ve made on our home despite the financial setbacks. Bring on the Hollywood ending!
It did feel really good to open up here and be honest about the job snafu and all the trials that come with expat-riatism (should be a word!), so I will definitely be doing that more. I hope that writing about my experience will make some new expat feel better by knowing she is not the only one struggling with immigration issues.
Anyway, you want to know what never fails to turn my sad face upside down? This happy one:
Yes, that’s an updated picture of our little fuzzball Ludovico. He’s made such an impact on our lives already — I actually okayed a scratching post the other day saying “I guess that doesn’t look so bad.” If you want to see A LOT (okay, too many) pictures of Ludo, I post them on my Instagram almost daily. You should follow me!
Ludovico was a big change for us, but a lot of the updates we made this month were small, affordable ones like adding some hooks and hardware in our toilet and bathroom, thrifting some kitchen necessities, and splurging (well, as much as broke people can splurge!) on a designer clock.
I didn’t blog about this, but it bears mentioning that you can make a stuck-to-the-wall toilet paper roll holder much prettier by running some acrylic caulk around the edge and smoothing it out with a paper towel, like so:
See? No more gross see-through holes!
We did make a couple of big changes this month. They were just ridiculously cheap! We added a bunch of hand-me-down furniture to our living room.
And ain’t nothing wrong with this discounted Pax wardrobe:
Well, that is, until we broke it.
Womp womp. That’s okay. “We can rebuild him…we have the technology.” More on that later.
This month, we also added a thrifted chandelier to our living room, lovingly spray painted white, the rainbow’s most forgiving color.
Funny story, I am in the process of repainting it. Yes! It’s true! Maybe this month has been a wash.
Ah well, at least we got some relaxing in before the summer ended.
Since we didn’t technically go away anywhere for vacation, we wanted Rolan’s last day of summer holiday from work to feel a little special. So we packed a lunch (egg salad sammies, chips and tea!), strapped it to our bikes and set out to discover something near our apartment.
Thanks to Google Maps, we knew there was a swimming source somewhere near the local zoo. So we packed our swimming suits just in case we stumbled onto it. Turns out we couldn’t have missed it.
The Bosbad (forest pool) is exactly what it sounds like. A giant 3-pool oasis smack dab in the middle of a lush forest. And it’s all just a bike ride away from us.
It’s got fun stuff for kids and adults to do, like water slides, water guns and diving points. There’s even a rainbow-colored shallow pool just for the really little guys. The pools are surrounded by fields of grass, which stays cool and dry and — best of all — out of your every crevice, unlike sand.
There’s bathrooms there for changing (bring your own TP though!) and a little café that sells food and drinks and, most importantly, ice cream!
It opens every day this week at 10am and closes around 6pm. You can find out more info at their website.
Rolan and I really enjoyed our day of lounging in the sun by the pool, reading our Kindles and cloud watching.
Top panorama photo taken with the 360 Panorama app. Bottom photo taken with Instagram.
It’s almost vacation time for us and we’ve been pondering about where to go.
I’ve explored some options. We could spend a night in a giant French wine cask, should we want to.
The De Vrouwe van Stavoren Hotel is a hotel in The Netherlands made from four salvaged wine casks. Each wine barrel used to hold 14,500 liters of French wine, but now is home to a modest two-person room with standard amenities, attached bathroom and sitting room.
And if the wine fumes start to give us a headache, there’s always the Controversy Tram & Train Inn — a hotel made from an old railway carriage!
Because you spend most of your work week trying to sleep in a train, why not spend your vacation doing the same?
You gotta love the tire sink in that last picture. It looks like it could be quite cozy, until you wake up in the middle of the night in a panic that you missed your stop!