This last month I have been locked in and around my Pipi Langkous house for most of the time. Which left me little room to socialize and BE in Amsterdam. But all for the greater good: Our overland trip to India!
Of course it has not been The Van all the time... There were things I made time for.
One of these things is the fact that my lovely nephew Alex changed from baby to little boy as he celebrated his first birthday! As proud Aunt I can only say he is amazing, sweet and handsom ;-) This is a moment to celebrate and he did as well, including birthday cake! Surrounded by proud grandparents and lots of presents...see other photos!
Also my friend Christa told me the exiting news that she was getting married! As the norm in the Netherlands is to announce it at least a year in advance, I was sure that I could not be there to witness this sadly. But happily choked I was when she told me she definately wanted me there, so she would try to organize everything before august...
If there is one thing she is good at then it is organizing things, so of course she made it happen. 19th of June was the big day (well evening). Of course we organized (although most of the credit goes to Gaby for this!) a Hen Day in advance. Girly, girly with a High Tea, Make-over and drinks in the evening! We had lots of fun, with a photoshoot bonus from my friend Max, thankx for this! They are married now, but no photo of the happy couple. Be assured, they were over the moon and looked amazing! I felt blessed to be a witness of this moment.
I was so busy getting the To Do List out of my head and in practice that I felt no energy left to celebrate my own birthday (7th of June for those who forgot hahaha), so no big party this year. Nice and quiet day, going out for dinner with my family, which was very nice as well. Who knows where I will celebrate my next birthday...Already had one in England, Peru, Mongolia, and Thailand ;-)
As you can judge by the amount of photos I did spend most of my time working on the van, with help of some great people! A special thankx to Ron, Danny and his father in law and my own dad. They really have been amazing. Lots more welding needed to be done to get the car pass the MOT test, so I am now officially driving
around with Dutch number plates. It gave me quite a headache, but thankx to Piet a super quick welding repair job it was finally okéd this week by the official people...such patience I must have, not something I can do easily ;-) The photos speak for themselves, so not much text needed to say the van is visibly transforming now. Spare parts bought and other things that might come in handy when the car is breaking down. You do need lots more than with a motorbike really. But then of course this will be our house on wheels, so it is worth it. Slowly getting ready to take us for a long journey! The date is set, leaving on the 1st of August. And the goodbye party is planned as well, so for all of you, who are in the Netherlands on the 25th of July, you are more then welcome to join in! Send me an email for the details. No, not in the entry as I am well aware that this is a PUBLIC blog, and eventhough I love big parties, some money is needed to go travelling ;-)))
I am not there yet, still some things left on my To Do List, but I am taking a break now, as I will be off on my motorbike, cruising the old-mongolian way with Andy! Só looking forward to this! See you on Monday in Brugge my friend, I will be there at 16.00pm! One week of laughter, riding and campfires coming up....will tell you all about it next time.
In the midst of all this, I am also doing voluntary work for an organisation who acted for Birmese people. Due to protective elements for me and the people I work with, I do not want to mention the name of the organisation or publish any photos, but it feels great to be able to do something for them, as they have given me so much when I was guest in their country. They deserve so much more then then shit they receive from the people in power! My meeting with the director as one of those ment to be moments. I am glad to help out even for a little while.