It's the last leg of summer going on. Last couple of days have been pretty hot - so much so that I grabbed a fan from my colleague's desk and used it on my desk to get a relief from the heat. We don't have AC in the offices here as hot days are very rare. So when it is actually hot - people tend to run out of ideas as to how to handle the heat.
Travelling in public transport is not possible if the windows are not opened to allow air inside the compartments. Not all the windows open and moreover these are not the sliding windows... these are the ones which tilt at an angle inward...
This one is on the roof...
Today is Sunday. Now as i write this, i can see the sky full of cloud through the window and the heat has subsided bringing relief to the people.
Romir is now more than 5 years old. His new passion now is to take videos and photos in the tab. The whole day he keeps doing that. So when the owner and the house agent had come home for pre-checkout, he was going on taking photos until I told him not to take photos of others which is not correct. My owner being a national volley ball player, it's extremely important that he is not clicked at and making this clear to small kid can be challenging. But it's good that he listens to whatever is told to him. In that way Sanchita and myself are lucky. Otherwise we have seen how sometimes other parents have such difficult time managing their out-of-control and unruly children.
Romir's free hand drawing also takes on different forms of imagination and that's a real treat to watch. His fantasy with buses, metro's and trams seem to have no end and the gamut has become even wider with fire-trucks, snow cutters, snow movers, tree cutter vehicles and what not- names even i don't know exactly.
Yesterday we went to Sarvanabhavan, a South Indian Chain of restaurant, and had a nice full stomach lunch (Sarvana special meal) which was extremely satisfying. After lunch we were coming back to Weesperplein Station through a different route and happened to stumble upon a nice park. It was nice warm and sunny so couldn't resist the temptation of having a beer and smoke on the lush green grass with the warm sunlight all over us. Romir was busy playing with his newly purchased police car toy.
Time passed so fast and it was evening soon and so we decided to have dinner as well in Sarvana Bhavan. On our way from the park to the restaurant we saw a rather young, misbehaved and rude person trying to persuade his young daughter about something. Language problem prevented me to understand what was actually going on... but the body language was enough to send signals that something was not right.... The daughter was resisting her father and crying and the father was not able to control her. The rude manner in which he was handling her was quite pathetic and to my surprise so many people walking along the footpath paid no attention to this rather abnormal behaviour. He was infact forcibly dragging her (well almost) to follow him... it was getting quite out of control as I was tempted to intervene... but the man sensed my intention and he left that place with his daughter. I felt this was kind of an abuse but I felt very helpless and later on reflected: if this is how he behaves with her on a road infront of public, what is he going to do when they reach home. Actually it's also not quite right to come to a judgement and may be the parent was trying to discipline his kid, but honestly, i felt this was more of an abuse and not disciplining. Parents need to learn to be more patient and need to show more respect to the young ones. Anyways, after this we entered Sarvana Bhavan and finished dinner (Dosa, Idly, Vada, Mango lassi) and reached home - satisfied and happy. Amstel river from the bridge while on our way back home...
We slept like logs of wood in the night. Next day morning we felt fresh and energetic. I have realized that it's always good to go around places, go on a 10 km long run, or play foot ball in the park and so on in a weekend.
That not only ensures a good night's sleep but also ensures you stay healthy because one of the important results of this is "improved digestion". Just staying all day like a couch potato inside the four walls of the home can prove to be very bad for health. As one ages, the need to remain engaged in physical activities become all the more important.
Of late we have started going to a badminton club in Amstelveen on Wednesdays - needless to say - this has improved my health a lot - my stomach acid problem has reduced and I feel much more lighter. My weight is around 78. Before a year it was 82. It's so boring to run or spend time in gym - but if you get to play a game like badminton that really does magic because it has the mix of exercise, stretching, running and enjoyment - such a lethal combination to tone yourself down and stay fit. We have a badminton whatsapp group and come out of office around 6 pm.
We are vacating the house in Uithoorn and moving to a new place in Almere. It's time for Romir to go to an English Medium School. Till group-1 he has been going to a Dutch school and his proficiency in Dutch is now very good. So much so that the School Teachers had no idea behind this decision of ours. Actually more than anything, back home, it is his Grandfather's desire that he should go to an English school, so that in future if we move to a different place, it shouldn't impact his education. Having said that, we really appreciate the standard of Dutch Education in primary schools over here. They pay attention to each and every student meticulously and work very hard to instill good manners, creativity, knowledge and wisdom into the young and tender minds.
Last few days we were busy cleaning the house and also looking for new house for rent in Almere. This is on the way to Almere for house-hunt. (5 families had come to check the same house and later on luckily we were the ones selected by the owner) -
It has been quite hectic balancing office work and planning this transition. Getting a new house now is very difficult because there is a lot of demand for houses now in Netherlands. Lot of new expats are coming here to work and looking for a place to rent.
A couple of weeks back Gayatri had come from India for a stint-of-work in Netherlands. We had a nice get-together in one week. A couple of week later we went to her house and spent a nice whole day infront of Schiveningen Beach. This is the pic below -
The sea looked gorgeous -