And we are on the way! On the 12th of July we finally left. On the road…
The night before departure we cleared out the house and packed the moving van. We enjoyed some beers and wine presented by one of the nice neighbors. The only things left for the night where our mattresses and all the small ‘junk’ you skip moving the big stuff out but all in all turns out to be a lot. On July 12th in the morning we started the day as normal as it was a school day still for Anna. Together with Anna we stuffed the last stuff in the bus. For the last time Susan brought Anna to school and meanwhile Ewout brought Livia to the child day care and then drove the complete packed moving van to the storage facility in Veenendaal. Not direct around the corner from where we used to live however a cheap but fine place and if we don’t have a permanent address anymore why store in where the prices are higher?
Why are we doing this?
Back home Susan (re)packed Bloomie with the last belongings we wanted to take along and filled the cool box with food and drinks for on the way. We underestimated / forgot again how much work moving is. What we wanted to bring hardly fit Bloomie and all in all it is such a hassle to clear everything out. You can’t avoid to start wondering why we are doing all of this. Why don’t we stay in The Hague for another year find a place to buy and create some stability for Anna? In the last days before finally getting on the road this crossed our minds several times. Maybe it is because..
We leave a nice place
The house on the Rozenstraat we rented for ~5 months had become a home real quick. Greatly due to our own furniture etc that we moved in from storage that was sitting there since we left Switzerland. Especially Anna who recognized everything as ‘from Zurich’ and instantaneity accepted the house and here room as ‘home’. In addition, we met with the nice neighbors, we where a 5 min cycle from beach and the house has enough space for us with 4 bedrooms. It would be a great place for us to settle for a few years. Although The Hague is not Amsterdam (dormant vs vibrant), we quickly came to understand why people like The Hague.
On to the boat
Finally everything was packed, stored, cleared out or closed down. Anna’s school year ended with ‘a classes’ celebration. Our bikes were secured on ‘bakkie’, the house clean and key handed back to the broker. And of course Livia picked up for the last time at the day care. Time to finally go! The first overnight stop was just 1 hour out at my parents (in law). We slept the night there to spend a few hours with the grandfather and grandmother of our kids before we be parted for a longer period. The next morning we left for Kiel, Germany ~500KM (300mi) to overnight bring us to Gothenburg in Sweden. It took us the whole day to get to the boat due to a lot of traffic (jams) and dirty diapers disposals😊.
Would Bloomie still start?
When we arrived at the docks we were ask not to queue with all the other waiting cars on the black tarmac lot (@30C / 86F) but to embark immediately. Yeah! Is this a ‘Bloomie effect’? We don’t know, but of course we complied to the request without comment, parked the car, to our gear for the night and went searching for our cabin. The cabin was just fine with two bunk bed and the baby cot reserved was waiting for us. The night itself wasn’t that sleep rich with the girls noticeably restless with all this change happening, but fortunately there is coffee to overcome that minor thing. At 9.15am the boat moored in Gothenburg. In the meantime, Ewout remembers that he had forgotten to unplug the coolbox from the cigarette lighter socket and likely had drained the car battery. So now the question was whether we would drive Bloomie into Sweden or push it…
At 9.30am the moment was there that we were allowed to go to the car deck. Bloomie did not disappoint started without any issues. We think he was looking forward to the trip! Our confidence in Bloomie is increasing. Well… with the needed sip of oil on regular basis that is. Only the tachometer has stopped turning. But that we can overcome. In good spirits we drove off the boat, into Sweden, ready for adventure. We loved the surrounding driving to our for camping. It felt like ‘kinda like Switzerland’. Beautiful views, long stretched hills and similar nature. We arrived without any challenges at our first stop. While Anna was sleeping we setup Bakkie for the night, made sure the mosquito nets where hung over the beds proper, but even more blessing: no mosquito in sight! For sure enjoying every moment.
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