Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Food, selfies, Rotterdam

Wooops! Hello there! Last week felt so long for some strange reason. My first week in Holland needed some getting used to, but I survived. Gladly my job has been keeping me busy and the little ones seemed to be happy that I was back :)

From one trip to another me and Nicole decided to go to Rotterdam this Sunday. I hadn't heard many good things about it to be honest, but I was curious to see if it was actually that bad. In my opinion, it wasn't, but it's nothing like any other Dutch city I have been to so far. Very industrial with many harbors and extremely modern architecture.

As usual you are not going to see many pictures of the city itself because once we got in to the huge markthal were the main attraction was food, we kind of got stuck looking at the food. You will see in the pictures above what I'm talking about.
 Cube houses

 That ceiling...okay, it's not michelangelo, but still.
 Jamοn serrano! Spain everywhere...
 Nicole enjoying her Italian treat, cannoli!
 Since Dutch food isn't something to brag about we decided to have sushi. First time for me eating sushi...not to mention that it was also the first time using chopsticks. Nicole had a good laugh with me whenever I was trying to grab something.
 Surfing! Don't even ask how we took this picture...so embarrassing :D
  And that was our little daytrip in Rotterdam! Sorry, if you got hungry with all those food pictures.

Have a nice week!

(had to share this)


Sunday, January 4, 2015

Happy times

Happy new year everybody! I know I'm a bit late, but better late than never. Since I am going to be stuck in Munich for the next five hours (hooray!) it is a good opportunity to update things around here. I must say that I had such an amazing time in Greece that going back to Holland is not making me very enthusiastic. At least I have new goals for 2015 to be excited about, so I will get used to my routine in Holland eventually. 

Going back home was surely an adventure. Instead of being in Athens at 14:00 my flight was late and I ended up being in Athens at 19:00. Not to mention that I lost my bus to Volos and I ended up being home at 2 o'clock in the morning instead of 20:00 (did I confuse you enough?). At least I got to see many airports as I had to fly from Amsterdam to Munich then to Berlin and from there to Athens...just my luck. Anyway the good thing is that I met two nice girls on the plane to Athens and then my sweet love Lazaros came to pick me up from the bus station. The 22 hour travelling in the end was worth it! Now that I think about it, it would have taken me less to get to America!

At least the rest of my stay went pretty smoothly. We had a great time doing the gift exchange, baking cookies and doing the Christmas decoration. Since we didn't have a star we decided to put Lazaros instead, haha. He seemed to like that idea!
Our dough turned out to be shitty, because the plan was to make them gluten free (since I can't eat it), but then the dough was just too soft and we had some technical difficulties. In the end we just made small balls and put them in the oven. They turned out pretty good even though they didn't turn out the way they should have, but who cares! 
 The new mayor went a bit crazy with the Christmas lights this year, but they were quite amazing!
One of the rare occasions I was wearing heels...had to document it somehow!
Also my family came a bit after Christmas and I gave them chocolate letters...I think they are still struggling finishing them. Too much is too much even when it comes to chocolate! 
 To my good luck again...one day before new years eve it started snowing. Most people in Greece were happy because the last time it snowed that much it was ten years ago. To be honest after spending three years in Finland and having to struggle with the cold and the snow for months in the winter, I got so sick of the snow that now I can't even stand looking at it. The funny fact is that the previous day it was 12 degrees and we were sitting outside in the sun having coffee. Welcome to Greece!
Now two weeks later here I am waiting for my flight to Amsterdam in Munich. 
Time flies, but I am grateful for all the things I got to do last year and for having Lazaros in my life. As when it comes to resolutions...this is my answer
Okay, maybe the lazy part not so much since I have some goals to achieve this year!

I wish you all the best for the new year!