I've officially been in the Netherlands for 2 weeks now and I LOVE it! I think I've finally started to settle in and get comfortable here. My new room is organized, my bike seat adjusted, and I'm picking up on a little bit of Dutch. Here's a snippet of the things I've experienced so far:
My host family is great! After just 2 weeks here I already feel like part of the family. I love the family dynamic and the close living style here in Uden. As someone who is always forcing my family and friends to play board games with me, you can imagine how excited I was that my host family loves playing games almost every night!
The gluten free food here is TO DIE FOR. If you have celiac like me, the Netherlands is the place for you. So far I have had 2 different incredible (and not crumbly) gluten free breads, brownies, pizza with fluffy, thick crust, and even stroopwafels! I have a lot of these same things in the U.S. as well, of course, but so far, everything has been of a much higher quality here. It's so good that sometimes it's hard to tell that the food is gluten free!
Uden is so cute! I love the rows of townhouses and the old brick paved roads. When biking past the old farmhouses, you are almost transported 100 years backward in time. They are made of old brick with black shutters and have the most beautiful land out back. It really is magical. There are cows everywhere and they look like they are straight out of a picture book.
I am also in love with the social vibe here. Especially during my first week here, when it was still summer vacation, there were constantly people at the house or stopping by. All of the neighbors regularly stop by for a cup of tea and to have a chat. Patricia even told me that they always cook extra for dinner because you never know who is going to stop by. I love how cozy it makes the neighborhood feel, even though it can be overwhelming to meet so many new people.
So far, I've loved every second of my time here! It's also starting to feel real. I'm actually here for a whole year! As I start to acclimate to life in the Netherlands I'll be updating my blog with all sorts of things so be sure to keep up with my adventures!