The overwhelming task of shopping today for EVERYTHING for the new house.  Here, when you rent a house, it doesn’t even have flooring or light fittings.  As we’re not sure how long we will stay there, we don’t want to spend a lot, but also would like it to be decent!  So it was doing the rounds today at Dutch hardware stores like Gamma and Karwei.  It turns out that there is a huge IKEA just up the road from our new house, but Bas calls that “Hell on Earth” so we didn’t make it there today!

Light fittings: we went for just very basic ones.  Thankfully Bas knows how to install them as I’d have no idea.

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Deciding between “klick laminaat” or a wood-looking vinyl for the floors.  Either way, it’s going to cost us between 500-1000 euros to put flooring into a house where we may only live for a year.  Then, we have to take it all out when we leave!  And it’s highly likely that the previous tennant actually just threw out the previous flooring.  A crazy, wasteful, expensive system.

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Some interesting artwork for the walls?  Bargain at only 3.95 euros.  Dutch or Asian attempt at English do you think?  Perhaps Dutch, going with the “mijn wil is wet” attitude.

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Back in North Holland again, the girls were helping out with choosing flowers for the garden.

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Finally, we watched the sun set on another Dutch day.

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