21 August 2012 marks exactly one year of my life in The Netherlands.
I have moved from Breda to Amsterdam sometime in July, and I might say moving to Amsterdam is the biggest thing that happened to me in this one year. But looking back at all the details on my Facebook timeline (okay, I guess timeline isn’t that bad after all), I don’t think I can place any experience I had in The Netherlands higher than any others. They are all equally cool, fun and precious.
But I definitely have to say, my time at Materia eating lunch with my colleagues at the lunch table, sped up my adaptations to having bread for lunch (or as any meal for that matter). Although bread, ham, cheese and milk still look like breakfast fare to me, I have subconsciously adapted it to my daily meal routine, especially when I get lazy to cook, or am in a hurry to somewhere. And surprisingly, I even found myself making better looking sandwiches worthy of packing to the office or the library where I work! See picture above. Looks pretty fanciful huh!
I think this sandwich really epitomizes the values I love about the Dutch. It’s easy, healthy, fresh, cheap, efficient, colorful and open to endless creativity.
Yes, open-minded yet down to earth. That’s essentially Dutch, in one sentence, for me.
Thank you, Holland. You made my dreams real.