Since I was very young, I always wanted to know and see where my grandparents grew up. Well, today I am in the Netherlands staying at my Dad’s cousins house, who would be my distant cousin, Peter. Peter is a pretty amazing guy, and offered to have me stay at his house while visiting. I believe I have only met Peter 3 times in person, when he and his family came to Canada to visit.
Before I get into today’s trip, I want to quickly talk about my first day here.
I arrived in Amsterdam on Tuesday around 1:30 pm, after more than a 28 hour commute from Thailand. Peter met me at the airport and drove us back to his house. I don’t know how, but I am not that tired yet.
The first hour or so Peter and I just visited and caught up on each others lives and just before dinner, Karin arrived for a short visit before she went off to work. Karin is also a distance cousin of mine and it was great seeing her. Hopefully will see her a few more times before I leave.
For dinner Peter treated me to a meal and beer at a local pub. I am already getting a taste of the true Dutch life and am loving it.
That night I went to bed around 9 pm and quickly passed out.
The next day Peter offered to drive me to Deventer to show me where some of my dad’s family grew up. This is what I have been waiting for, for years now and am very excited.
We park on the same street and get out for some pictures and a walk around the city.
The house where my Oma grew up.
During our walk through the Deventer, Peter points out a building in the oldest part of Deventer and in that building is a museum with some artifacts from the cities history.
Little more walking around the city and then off to see where my Opa lived.
The people owning the house now have a bottle and labels from the old Pharmacy in the window. I am glad they were not home, because I would be wondering who the heck this hot looking bearded guy is, looking in our windows.
On the way home we stopped at the local grocery store, where they have a cute dutch girl handing out free coffee. Why do we not have this in Canada?
Anyways, with the food we bought, Peter cooked me a damn good meal. It has been forever since I had something home cooked and definitely missed it. Oops, I don’t think Peter wanted anyone to know he can cook.
I am now heading to bed and cannot wait for our next big adventure in the Netherlands.