Category Archives: People

Cido and Rob

Cido and Rob are our amazing landlords. They invited us for drinks and we had a lovely time. Susie took the picture.

Cido and Rob

Cido and Rob

They answered our questions:

1, The canal house right next to ours went for 1.5 million euros (2 million dollars approx.)! It is very expensive to live right in the city especially along the three historic canals.

2. Kids start biking as soon as they have graduated from the trike. It is a great place for kids as they gain the independence. They are able to go all over Amsterdam at a young age… And no helmets… We haven’t seen a single one.

3. Almost everyone sends their kids to public school and almost no one sends their kids to boarding school.

4. Cido was a dentist before she was a VRBO landlord.

5. Many Dutch have work experience or have traveled to other countries.  Ever since the V.O.C. (Dutch East India Company by its Dutch initials), the Dutch have been a very enterprising people.

Amsterdam ex pats

Emmy and Lewis wanted to experience living abroad on a somewhat extended basis.  Amsterdam seemed the perfect place:  it’s perfect for the bicycling obsessed, has a wonderful progressive culture, and we’ve been welcomed by just about the most friendly city people in the world.  Most people speak English and a sincere “dank je vel” goes a long way, even if that is your only shred of Dutch.

The Land of a Thousand Wallys

Wally is our dog back in the US of A.  Wally happens to be a poorly behaved, but personable wire-haired dachshund.  There are more wire-haired dachshunds in Amsterdam than any other dog… as far as we can tell. Here are some of the ones we made friends with:

Poopie

Poopie

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Hans walks Fuzzy and Beloved, his two old geezers

 

Isadora

Isadora

Uppie gets Attention

Uppie gets Attention

 

This is James

This is James

This fellow was out for a Sunday afternoon stroll on the Prinsengracht with his owners:

This guy's called "Trouble" in Dutch

This guy’s called “Trouble” in Dutch

Helen and Sally

We had visitors our second week here. Two beautiful women stopped by to check in and we went to the Noordemarkt right near our apartment. This food market is only open Saturdays.  Sally was looking for a full wheel of cheese to send to her mom and Helen was taking photos of cool fresh food for her mom’s blog. Lewis and I bought some fish to fry.

 

Helen Vinn, a person whom Lewis and I have gotten to know really well because she is an awesome adult in the making and actually looks you in the eye and engages in meaningful conversations… we could go on and on about Helen…. leave it to say, we love her.

 

Sally Slade, gorgeous, wacky, upbeat, wide open to experiences… Sally can make you laugh until you let go of your autonomous nervous system.  So fun to spend time with Sally… in a word… Gorgeous.

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Sally on the left; Helen on the right. Taken from our apartment window