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Archive for November, 2008

The days are getting shorter and shorter in Amsterdam now, and it’s getting more and more difficult to pull myself out of bed each morning and stay up each evening. I checked online this morning, and the sun doesn’t rise until almost 8:30 a.m. now, and it sets at about 4:30 p.m., giving us precious little daylight. When you add the general gray-ness of the Netherlands to that, it can make your outlook pretty bleak. The flip side of this, of course, is that summer days in Amsterdam are seemingly endless, but last summer already feels long gone, and next summer feels like an eternity from now.

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Today is Thanksgiving in the United States, but sadly, Thanksgiving in Amsterdam is a non-event. People go to work (including my husband Jim), and kids go to school – just like any other day. This makes sense, of course, since Thanksgiving is an American holiday, but (as an American) it always makes me feel a bit sad.

The local Marriott Hotel used to make a great catered meal package every year with everything from a huge turkey to fresh pumpkin pie, but since so many expats have been sent home (or just elsewhere) because of the recession, they decided not to offer it this year.

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