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Dagmaraka goes Dutch

 
 
littlek
 
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Reply Sun 31 Aug, 2008 10:51 am
@CalamityJane,
Re flying to the Hague: definitely.
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dagmaraka
 
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Reply Sun 31 Aug, 2008 03:57 pm
@littlek,
littlek wrote:

I'm glad you made it. Did you get your luggage lost for you?


YES! They did a great job of it, too! They lost my bike and not my suitcase, which is PERFECT, as the bike was a nuissance to schlepp. So they will deliver it to.... wait for it.....my HOME address!

yes, ladies and gentlemen of a2k, i have a home. Right around the corner from a canal, 10 minutes to work, 10 into the center. On Crispijnstraat (my ole dog was Krispin, aka Crispijn). I have two housemates - an Indian (London born and raised) economist of some sort and a Norwegian employee at the ICC (the Crime Tribunal, weeee!). Both boys (egads), but the Indian one is very clean (his girlfriend was visiting and attested to being nagged about cleanliness, which is more than fine with me). The street and the house are incredible. 3 story house with brand spanking new kitchen (dishwasher, washer, dryer).. ginormous bathroom which is deep blue and has a tree in it (huge potted plant thing)...and a shower corner and a bath. There's a little garden in the back, and we have both a gardener and a cleaning lady (gasp!) that comes once a week. My room is big, also blue, has some basic furniture and I can move in on Wednesday, as soon as I'm done with this hotel.

I walked 15 km today, befriended a bartender around the corner from my office, saw the office building, royal palace, got an apartment. Haven't slept yet, and it's midnight. I guess it's just about time. It starting pouring the second I entered the hotel, in fact my left heel got wet, the rest of me was just inside...that must be a good omen of some sort.
Also, people talk to you here. Perhaps because I'm a single woman on prawl, but both at the bar/restaurant, on the street, they just start talking...in Dutch, but all fluently switch to English as soon as they understand from my vacant stare that I have no clue what they're on about.
Houses, some houses, especially on Scheveningenseweg are out of this world. My jaw dropped several times walking by..... but i'll be back with pics and more coherent stories as they emerge.
ossobuco
 
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Reply Sun 31 Aug, 2008 04:06 pm
@dagmaraka,
Oh, good news! Rest already.
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Dutchy
 
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Reply Sun 31 Aug, 2008 04:16 pm
@dagmaraka,
Welkom in den Haag, ik hoop dat je je spoedig thuis voeld en wens je veel succes in je nieuwe baan. Haven't forgotten my Dutch dagmaraka. Smile
dagmaraka
 
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Reply Sun 31 Aug, 2008 04:23 pm
@Dutchy,
http://photos-d.ak.facebook.com/photos-ak-sf2p/v323/153/5/697154364/n697154364_1310315_9494.jpg
Our cow, in the middle of our street...

http://photos-e.ak.facebook.com/photos-ak-sf2p/v323/153/5/697154364/n697154364_1310316_9800.jpg
Scheveningenseweg

http://photos-g.ak.facebook.com/photos-ak-sf2p/v323/153/5/697154364/n697154364_1310318_419.jpg
Street where my office is

http://photos-a.ak.facebook.com/photos-ak-sf2p/v323/153/5/697154364/n697154364_1310320_1183.jpg
street where my house is...though this does not do it justice at all

http://photos-b.ak.facebook.com/photos-ak-sf2p/v323/153/5/697154364/n697154364_1310321_1483.jpg
the palace, i believe.


ossobuco
 
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Reply Sun 31 Aug, 2008 04:24 pm
@Dutchy,
Babelfish making itself hash out of that...

Welcome in The Hague, I hope that you wish yourself shortly at home felt and much success in your new job you.
Dutchy
 
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Reply Sun 31 Aug, 2008 04:33 pm
@ossobuco,
It is around the mark ossobuco. "Welcome to the Hague, I hope you feel quickly at home and wish you much success in your new posting".

Loved the photo's dagmaraka, my wife was born in the Hague, very close to the Laan van Meerdervoort.
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Thomas
 
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Reply Sun 31 Aug, 2008 04:40 pm
@dagmaraka,
Seems you picked yourself a nice place. Good for you!
Eva
 
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Reply Sun 31 Aug, 2008 06:02 pm
@Thomas,
Any place where Dag is MUST be a nice place, Thomas. By definition.

Welcome home, Dagmaraka.
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ehBeth
 
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Reply Sun 31 Aug, 2008 06:53 pm
@dagmaraka,
Sounds like you found a great place - the pix are fun. I look forward to seeing more.
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dlowan
 
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Reply Sun 31 Aug, 2008 07:43 pm
@dagmaraka,
Yeehah!!!


Enjoy!!!


The ICC?

That's gonna be interesting.
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littlek
 
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Reply Sun 31 Aug, 2008 07:49 pm
Holy cow! Dasha, this news is amazing. More info! New photos in daytime.

Wow, your mom (or was it grandma) was right - good people everywhere......
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margo
 
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Reply Sun 31 Aug, 2008 09:11 pm
Yay!

She's landed, and possibly settled.

Now to have fun! Good Luck.
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Mon 1 Sep, 2008 12:09 am
You really did very well, dagmar!

And your home seems to be an excellent choice!
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sozobe
 
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Reply Mon 1 Sep, 2008 08:11 am
@dagmaraka,
That was fast!

Hope the two housemates turn out to be good guys.

Looks like a fabulous location! Congrats! (Love the cow.)
ossobuco
 
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Reply Mon 1 Sep, 2008 01:20 pm
@sozobe,
Love the cow too.

Is it facing north or south?

http://able2know.org/topic/121464-1


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jespah
 
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Reply Mon 1 Sep, 2008 04:23 pm
Happy new place! Happy new housemates! Happy new cow!
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mac11
 
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Reply Mon 1 Sep, 2008 05:37 pm
Wow, Dag! Congratulations on finding a home so quickly. It sounds ideal.

Looking forward to more photos.
dagmaraka
 
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Reply Mon 1 Sep, 2008 11:04 pm
@mac11,
http://photos-a.ak.facebook.com/photos-ak-sf2p/v323/153/5/697154364/n697154364_1317520_6879.jpg
My office. I share it with 3 other people...this should be an interesting social experiment. Will dagmaraka survive? Will the others?

http://photos-b.ak.facebook.com/photos-ak-sf2p/v323/153/5/697154364/n697154364_1317521_7259.jpg
De Bijkenhof department store... the photo doesn't do it justice. It's a beautiful art deco-ish building.

http://photos-c.ak.facebook.com/photos-ak-sf2p/v323/153/5/697154364/n697154364_1317522_7560.jpg
Downtown
ossobuco
 
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Reply Mon 1 Sep, 2008 11:10 pm
@dagmaraka,
Such a transition to look at a place on a map, even seeing a few photos, to being there to see how it really looks.
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