Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Beautiful perks with this Expat life !

I wanted to complete this tag post during the weekend, but surprisingly I don't get much time for writing in the weekends as much as in week days! So here I am ! :)

When I was checking comments on my post here . One particular one from Isabella from A Touch of Dutch made me happy and then boooooom... same day other comment here... by Tiffany Jarman Jansen from Clogs and Tulips: An American in Holland.

It was about ...
A Beautiful Blog Award!
Thank a lot Isabella and Tiffany. You made my day, it really means a lot to me!

Ok so here are the rules of this tag :
1) Thank the person who gave you the award.
2) Paste the award on your blog.
3) Link the person who nominated you for the award.
4) Share 7 things you find to be beautiful around you.
5) Nominate 7 bloggers or less (i will do more)

Most of the blogs I read who have done this tag have decided to blog about 7 Beautiful things about country of their residence, so here "Netherlands". Now whatever I write about it, most of it is going to be a repetition.
So I am going to write about myself, to be precise random 7 things I find beautiful about moving here !

1. I feel "Zen".
Not literally. But I do feel enlightened. There are so many things that I have learnt moving here.

I have learnt more about differences all cultures offer and yet how beautiful all of them are in their own .

I have learnt to accept everything as it is without having a struggle of what is better.

I have learnt why we should never laugh at someone for their funny accents or funny pronunciation, but to appreciate the effort and the fact that it makes him knowing one more language than us!

And so ON, list goes on... living a life of expat is itself a big and enriching learning experience !

2. I love it being "compact".

Netherlands is a very small country and I love the fact that how whole country is easily accessible. When I look back at my own country "India", I am really not happy with the fact that I haven't seen all of my own country!

I love this fact that one can travel from north to south in 2-3 hours ( *Traffic Conditions apply ), and still there is a lot of different experiences this beautiful country has to offer from North to South and from East to West !

3. Let's go for backpack.

Ok, this is related to my earlier point, but still.

I love how easy it is to travel across the Europe. We have had those moment, in the evening we think about going somewhere and zoooom, we are on the road.
I remember December 2008; we were planning to do a road trip to Black Forest, Germany.
We did all the required shopping for a road trip and then were checking weather forecast for the coming week. It was going to be cold and we decided on the spot, NO, we want to go somewhere warmer. Let's leave black forest for summer and next day we were on the way to Spain!

An extended weekend trip to Luxembourg was wonderful. I have come to realize that we often enjoy more what we don't plan too much than very well-planned trips; we are more of those impulsive kinds than planners!

We have touched France, Belgium, Spain, Germany, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Italy, and Czech Republic! It's not that long a list but what is amazing is that we did it all in just 1 and half years that we are here!

4. Like it? Do it!

I love the fact how I can spare time for my hobbies. I loved writing, reading, painting since I was a kid. And I always tried stealing some time for them, ya until college was over.
As soon as I started with my first job, I hardly had anytime. I remember 3 years in between; I hardly did any of what I loved.

Then we moved here, and I feel rejuvenated.

I could start this blog, to write whatever I like and whatever is on my mind. As a kid I used to keep my personal diary, but now I have a blog to share with the world!

Now life is more balanced than it ever was and I have more time for myself, for my hobbies, reading and painting. I could even start with Painting lessons to fulfill my long time wish of learning oil painting!

5. Yeyy, spring is here!

One of the most beautiful things is experiencing spring!

Back home, we never noticed that big difference when spring or autumn approches, we never waited for summer and we loved winters! Not even my dreams I thought that someday I would long for summer ! :)

But I do now, it is so beautiful to see spring approaching, how beautiful whole country looks and the fact that there will be summer then soon when we all can dress up in most comfortable cloths that we all love. Every time we open our wardrobe, they peep from behind and we want summer more than ever!

I love to wait for spring and i love the fact that soon it will be there. ( A few weeks guys !)

6. Hey, Nice to meet you!

This new medium of blogging has brought me closer to so many wonderful people ! Some new and some whom i knew from years.... It provides a platform to connect, to know more about different cultures, different people sharing our unique and not-so-unique experiences !

I am happy that i met you all. You all have touched my life in some or other way. And I am happy that you did.

7. Home, Sweet home!
Last but not the least Our Home.

Never knew how much it takes to make a house call HOME! And it is indeed one of the most beautiful feelings to own something, to have everything as you want and to call it OUR HOME!

Never knew this far away country will offer us something which will become so much of a Home making us not to feel "at home" anywhere else!

That's my list of 7 things guys, and now it is really difficult to pick other 7 people to tag as most of the people around have already done it.

So I tag everyone who haven’t done this tag and specially those who have been away from blogging for some time now!

Guys get back to writing :)


thamarai said...

thank you thank you thank you Lopa!! :D

dev said...

Hey thanks sweets!:) This is really gonna make me write again...guess was lazy. :D Nice reading u as always! Cheers!

Arunima said...

thank you thank you! :-)

Nithya said...

Do I hear the bell ringing for the Lazy bum in me... Thanks lopa for awakening this sleeping soul... heheh

Unknown said...

Thank you for sharing this! I loved reading your perspective :-) I especially can agree entirely with this, what you have written:

"I have learnt why we should never laugh at someone for their funny accents or funny pronunciation, but to appreciate the effort and the fact that it makes him knowing one more language than us!"

Have a nice week :-)

~ Lopa said...

@ thamarai,

Only thanks? Where is the new post ? :)

~ Lopa said...

@ dev,

I am happy, i will have more to read from you :)

~ Lopa said...

@ Arunima,

:) You deserve it :)

~ Lopa said...

@ Nithya

You better hear that, else next will be a kick for my dear Lazy bum :) Wake up Nits :)

~ Lopa said...

@ A Touch of Dutch 

Thanks Isabella,

That particular one strikes to me as i remember back in school how we used to make fun of people on how they speak, but now moving here in a country with different language, i feel silly. Dutch are really good people in that way, they don't laugh when you try to speak but in stead they help, they correct and they encourage !

Have a nice week you too :)

Orangesplaash said...

Congrats Lopa..Nice to read about these 7 things. Backpacking and doping up your own house struck a cord somewhere with me too!! I love being in charge here :)

Pres├ępio no Canal said...

Hello Lopa!

Beautiful post! :-) and Congrats on your award!
Spring here is wonderful, isn't it? ;-)

Beijinhos ;-)

sagarika said...

Hi lopa .. I have been reading your blog for quite some time but first time leaving a comment :)I love the way you write and find happiness in small little things. Like the way you describe about Netherlands :) keep writing .. Shall leave more comments from now on ….

~ Lopa said...

@ Orangesplaash 

:) Who doesn't like to be in charge, hehe
These little joys are what make our life beautiful :o)

~ Lopa said...

@ Pres├ępio no Canal 

Thanks :o)
Ohhh ya i love Spring, how everything turns so beautiful, green surroundings, homes and gardens blooming with flowers and Tulips ! :o)

Beijinhos ;o)

~ Lopa said...

@ sagarika 

Ohh wow, thank you Sagarika for dropping by, I loved it that you commented. There is nothing more encouraging than such comments.
Keep in touch, We might will have more to exchange :o)

Anonymous said...

Excellent post!!

Anonymous said...

hey, what a lovely list... and a great way to find out about all that is great about europe/nl!

~ Lopa said...

@ krunalc

Thanks Krunal, I am glad that you felt so :o)

@ Anonymous

Thanks for visiting and dropping by the comment, nothing more encouraging than that :o)

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful list and such a positive way to look at things! Like Isabella, I particularly liked the bit about not making fun of funny accents but appreciating that they're making the effort to learn the language. I think that's useful for me to remember as I try to learn this language and get self-conscious about my funny accent.

~ Lopa said...

@ oranjeflamingo

Yes, it has been kind of the biggest learning for me after moving here.
I really appreciate Dutch for that, i have to yet meet Dutch making fun or laughing in stead of helping you to learn and correct !
Thanks for dropping by :)

Swatantra said...

Very nice pictures!! Thanks for the award i accept it with full heart!!

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