Day 20: Shopping

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.



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.




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.



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


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



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