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Our new home in Amsterdam!

3 weeks back in Amsterdam, I am finally settled in enough to give you an update πŸ˜‰ Who’s up for a house tour?

I already told you a bit about our new home in a previous blog, but to give a quick recap: our new apartment is located in Amsterdam-West, near Sloterdijk. It’s south-oriented with a nice balcony and view on the canal. Living here now for 3 weeks, I have to say I’m absolutely in love with how much light our living room and kitchen has. But let’s start with the day of the move.

Moving day – Tuesday 6 April

Rise and shine, because the moving company would be here between 7.30 and 8.00. I took the opportunity to take some pictures of an empty apartment:

Master bedroom

The master bedroom seems quite small on the picture, but in reality is bigger. Also behind the door on the right is a walk-in closet but I don’t have a picture of that.

Office / Guestroom

This lovely room is my new home office room! The previous tenants left the shelves behind, which comes in handy. But it doesn’t say much empty, right πŸ™‚ Wait for it…

Bathroom

I loooove to have a bath tub again! We had one in Germany as well, and especially in winter I enjoy the occasional bath.

living room with view on kitchen

Also here the picture doesn’t really do the space justice I have to say. I took a panoramic picture as well, maybe that helps:

Kitchen with view on living room

And last but not least… from the living room window you can access the balcony:

The balcony! Ok this is not the pretty side but I captured the sunrise πŸ™‚

And then it all started…

I was seriously impressed with the velocity of the moving company. They were 4 guys and they had all the big furniture set up by 13.30. Keep in mind it was another company that packed everything, and they didn’t have any manuals in how to set it up again. I joked to them that they must know every IKEA manual by heart by now πŸ˜‰

Unpacking – 7-8-9 April

Since Vittorio didn’t take any holidays after the move, I was responsible for the unpacking. I didn’t mind actually, I like figuring out my own system and where everything should go on my own pace. When Vittorio came home, he could fold the boxes though…

boxes boxes boxes…
More boxes.. and a glimpse of the terrace πŸ™‚

After one week

After the first 3 days of unpacking, this is where I landed! We don’t have our lights hanging yet above the dining table and in the living room area.

My office!

Almost set up and ready to go back to work!

Never enough storage in the bathroom!

And lastly, our family picture:

Fun fact: above our heads you see a 1000 piece puzzle of and Amsterdam canal view that Vitto and me made last year in Hamburg during quarantine.

So yeah – I guess you could say we are well settled back in here! We are sooo happy to be back to the city where it all started. To make my Dutch transfer complete, I bought a bike this weekend! Check it out:

It has a basket and everything πŸ˜€ So convenient to go to the supermarket quickly! And I’m happy I can now bike a bit in Amsterdam when it’s still quite tourist-free. Before ending this blog, here’s a picture of the king of the new house:

He settled in quite easily as well. Immediately exploring the house and all the rooms. The first days he was a bit whiny, because he couldn’t go outside anymore but now after cat proofing the balcony a bit, we just open the door and he sun bathes when the weather is good.

I am impatiently waiting for the Corona measures to loosen up so I can visit my family in Belgium without having to quarantine or take a test. Luckily, the testing pace is picking up and all my grandparents for example already had their first vaccine! I can’t believe that I haven’t seen them in 10 months now…

But – let’s stay positive and take every day as it comes and make the best out of it.
Until next time,

Claudia

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