Its been an almost Alice in Wonderland level event, extracting myself from Hong Kong and inserting myself into the countryside of a locked down Netherlands!
To come from Hong Kong where you see people everywhere, even if they are masked, you still see people! Here all I see is the weather changing outside my window. If I want to see people I have to go to the grocery store. Its that space where everyone actually wears masks in the Netherlands...coz unlike Hong Kong, you don't see masks on faces while people are in their cars or walking in the street, hell, kids aren't required to wear masks, and 13 years old or under is considered "kids".
These last two days we have had sunny days broken down in chunks with hail, sleet, snow and rain...one minute its blue skies and golden sunshine, and 10 mins later its tiny pellet sized ice, then suddenly its sunny and clear, and then its big fat snowflakes! I don't even know what to think of the weather here, its not normal!
I am almost getting over my jet lag. I slept on the plane, almost the entire trip, from Hong Kong to Bangkok and then from there to Amsterdam. I had initially booked with Cathay to return to Holland but they cancelled the flight I was meant to be on and there were no decent alternative arrangements they could offer me, not for after my initial departure date nor prior to that! So I had to accept a refund and book with KLM instead. For fear of getting stuck in Hong Kong and being low on the priority list, I chose to fly business class instead of economy. Yeah, sure it was an extravagant choice, but let me tell ya, I am glad I chose that option. Not only was I able to sleep the entire 14-15 hours I was stuck on the plane (disembarking in Bangkok was not an option), but I was also permitted way more baggage than normal, so I went for it!
Reality is, my husband and I have been fortunate enough to get a lot of cheap or free flights for the past 14 years, so paying for one single business class ticket at a time where we know we will be unlikely to fly anywhere for the next few years, I think it was just a big ol, "fukkit" purchase.
Feels weird to be back in Holland. There is no sense of urgency to get anything done. Kids are on Easter Break after a Covid scare in their class, we have all been tested and all confirmed negative, so they go back to school tomorrow. That should be the first real break in routine for me, no kids during the day, and I can likely get cracking with making videos (or trying to! Right now I am almost convinced I will never succeed at this crap!) to share recipes and such.
Apart from that, honestly, just happy to be home with my kids. The kids, the cats, my husband...just good to be with my family again after two solid months away.
The team, we all agreed we wouldn't dissolve our company whatsapp group. So we will keep in touch that way, which technically is the same way we were prior, mostly prep lists, Jake sending videos and photos of random cats he meets in the streets (yes, real cats!), and me sending terrible jokes or sharing mundane day to day updates. That is one vestige of Confusion none of us are willing to give up just yet.
Well, I hope to have more to update when something interesting happens, but for now, in a country going into its fourth or fifth month of lockdown and curfew, while politicians debate in crowded forums with no masks, its slow news day all around! :)
My name's Lisa. I love to cook, I love to laugh, I love to write. I don't always believe I have the time for creating, and now I am going to work on simply going with the flow, with the food, the restaurant, the writing...and if I can, for one moment, spread a little joy along the way, well, its worth the effort.