Today I returned to the US after having coffee with Marco and Jansie this morning. It was quite the week. Similar to the late December trip to Holland, I wasn’t feeling well at all this week. I had to make a trip to the Dutch doctor who prescribed a course of antibiotics. Luckily today things were looking a little bit better.
Yesterday we visited Jansie at the Hoornsche Hoeve and fed the animals. We also had a pannekoek dinner bij het Mussennest.
The flight back to the US will be a long one as I’m flying through San Francisco. Monday is back to work and next Friday is the start of the summer break for Roos and Alex. Almost 12 weeks of no school coming up.
Yesterday evening the cousins, Marco and Annette arrived in Hattem. They are staying in a vacation home in the woods.
It is hard to believe that it is already 4.5 months since I was last in The Netherlands. Originally I had hoped to go in March to celebrate Jansies 81st birthday but it was very hectic working on the business plan for a new cancer research center in Irvine. The final presentation for this was on May 16 and as soon as I got home from that, I started packing for my flight to Amsterdam the next day. I arrived in Wapenveld around noon today. Jansie was doing well, we had a cup of coffee together and then went out for a walk on the market in Zwolle. The weather was very nice. In the late afternoon I did start to get tired and decided to head to my hotel. I decided to change things up in terms of hotel and found a nice place in Schiphorst called the Havixhorst. It seems very quiet and calm and that is exactly what I am after today.
After several months on a learners permit and many hours practice driving, Roos is now an officially licensed driver. This week she passed her practical exam / driving test at the DMV. We now need to decide what her first car will be and equally important, how she will pay for the insurance 🙂