Hoi! I have about 9 days left in the states now! It’s so strange to think I will be leaving soon.
Last night I went out in Atlanta with some friends as a bit of a goodbye. We got rained on a bit but it was a fun last night out in Atlanta. My friend Brittany thought that I was going to a collection of countries, as in she thought the Netherlands was a general area, like Scandinavia haha. The name does make it sound so, but no- it’s just one country. I think I might call it Holland more often, to avoid confusion.
I have been learning some Dutch thanks to a kindly YouTube user, Dutchforn00bs. The name pretty much says it all. So far, I have learned how to introduce myself (Ik ben Katelyn!), how to say hello and goodbye (hallo, dag) and some general pronunciation details. I know that I probably won’t be needing much of this since the Dutch start learning English at a very young age and their accents are very light, it’s fun to try and embrace a new language. It’s going to be an interesting g experience over there, just trying to run basic errands. I’ve heard a popular grocery store is called Albert Heijn (I think I’m spelling that right…) so I went to check out the website to see what kind of foods they sell and EVERYTHING was in Dutch. Even google translate couldn’t do much for me there. I guess I will be basing many of my purchase on visuals, at least for a while.
I still need to pack, because my friend Allie, who is already in Sweden, told me to pack early because it took her awhile. It looks like I will be flying into Brussels, Belgium instead of Amsterdam because the loads look better. Oh the life of flying standby. Both cities are about the same distance from Eindhoven so, not much of a loss there. And if we get in early enough, there might be time to explore Brussels!
I am so excited that the time is approaching, but I will miss my friends and family in the US dearly while I’m gone. It doesn’t feel real, but I guess everyone feels that way before a big move or change.