Jim T. Mintha|
Things have been a bit busy in Jim's World and as a consequence we
have missed a few issues. On the positive side we have a lot of new
material so enjoy the read.
A lot has happened in the last year. Since we gave up hope of ever
finding a new apartment we decided to do a bit of work to fix things
up. Of course this just meant that as soon as that was done we would
find a new apartment which we did. We're not complaining though
because it is great! Much more room and a great location. Of course
moving was hell but with some help
from friends we finally got all our stuff into the new apartment.
Physicists are still doing investigations as it seems we could not
physically have had this much stuff in our old apartment! Since we
had some practice fixing up things, we had to apply those skills to
the new apartment.
In the early summer my parents came to Amsterdam to visit and we drove all around the country as
only people from large car-centric country can. In the summer we had
a grand plan to do a bike trip through Romania. Unfortunately a few
days into the trip something went wrong with my kidney which means we
had to come back to Holland. However those few
days were great and we plan to finish the trip hopefully this
Not having had a proper trip we took two smaller trips. We met up
with my friends from Canada, Steve and Heather, in Paris and then took a week to catch some sun in
Tenerife. We also found some time to crawl
around in some caves in Belgium with some of
The big event though was our four week trip to
Australia this past February. It had been exactly
10 years since we had first met each other in Australia so it seemed
appropriate to return and see if things had changed. While there we
met up with our friends Chris, Kristann and their baby Madeline. We
spent a couple weeks touring around with them
in a big campervan which was great fun.
If all that wasn't enough we spent New Years with Bregje and Matthijs
in Belgium, and I took some
flying lessons! Of course life still goes on in
Amsterdam. My Dutch conversation group is
going strong, and even took some time to take some pictures around Amsterdam.
Most recently Sandra's brother Paul and Jeannine got
married and after the wedding Sandra and I went to
Ireland for a small bike trip.