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
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.
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.
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:
Hans walks Fuzzy and Beloved, his two old geezers
Uppie gets Attention
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
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.
Sally on the left; Helen on the right. Taken from our apartment window