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Today is a typical december weather in the Netherlands: dark all day, gloomy and stormy. Upside to this is that it can produce great pics. I shot this one today from our living room window:

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That's pretty.

I'm curious about how you live. I mean, what your houses look like. What your grocery ( food stores) look like. We have a TV show that shows people buying houses in other countries. I think your kitchens are very different from ours. One of the houses was very modern. Lots of white, no color. Tiny bedroom for the kids. White walls, white floors, white furniture that looks very uncomfortable. This was in a big city. The other houses they looked at were older and more friendly.

I'm not good at posting pics. I think you have to post them somewhere else first ?

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I'm not good at posting pics. I think you have to post them somewhere else first ?

I usually upload them to tinypic.com From there you get a link.

This is an idea of what a Dutch supermarket looks like: http://www.brabantsdagblad.nl/algemeen/economie/3233746/Albert-Heijn-blikvanger-bij-cijfers-Ahold.ece Oh, and this is the cheese aisle: http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_jsYfsAosjXk/Swa1TAoAydI/AAAAAAAAg94/kunJV0xAvRc/s1600/albert+heijn.JPG

Albert Heijn is the leading supermarket here.

This is what a Dutch street looks like in a poor neighbourhood. This neighbourhood is next to an industrial site and the harbour, the factoryworkers (used to) live here. View from our living room:

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Our house looks like a lot of other young peoples' houses here in NL: not very roomy and also no expensive furniture. We usually decorate with plants, candles, statues, photos and other pieces of clutter :) My boyfriend has a collection of European graphic novels. These are quite different from comics in the way that the artwork is more elaborate and the stories are shorter. The longest series we have in our collection is 30 books.

These are some pics of our living room (sorry about bad lighting, darkness set in suddenly and I had to use the flash):

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This is my territory in the house: the kitchen. The kitchen is also the place for all our large appliances: it holds a washing machine, a fridge, 2 freezers and a stove with oven. Only 2 people fit in, and we're lucky to be thin :P

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Most people in the Netherlands live in better houses, but we'll get there someday :) By BF is writing his master thesis at the moment, when he graduates and gets a job our income will double.

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Thanks. Your apartment is nice. You have more furniture & nicer furniture than I did when I first got married. I had one of those skinny kitchens in my first townhouse that I bought. The washer/dryer was in the basement at that place. Cheaper apartments here have a laundry area in the basement usually. Or you have to go out to a Laundramat. If I can figure it out. I'll try to post some later.

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Your apartment is nice. You have more furniture & nicer furniture than I did when I first got married.

Thanks :) We've gathered this stuff over a period of 4 years. Before that my BF lived there with 2 other students. It looked more like a student home then: the couches were dirty and broken and the coffee table was a plank on two beer crates.

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Thanks :) We've gathered this stuff over a period of 4 years. Before that my BF lived there with 2 other students. It looked more like a student home then: the couches were dirty and broken and the coffee table was a plank on two beer crates.

I had that apartment in college, too. We used cinder blocks ( concrete blocks ) with planks for the TV shelf. No coffee table. We couldn't afford coffee anyway.

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What a lovely place you have. My first trip to Europe was to Amsterdam and Rotterdam for a conference when I was in college. My first night there I went to a grocery to get some food, and I remember being so confused at having no bags available at the end of the checkout for my stuff. I didn't realize I had to bring my own. I happily wandered down the street back to my hostel, pockets stuffed and arms full of cheese, little meats, bread, chocolate, and cookies plus the treasures I'd picked up while shopping. It was overcast and rainy the entire week. (Which I loved.) One of these days I'll make it back. It's a beautiful country.

I know I've taken some pics recently; I'll see if I can figure out how to upload them.

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Let's try this one: b4chtc.jpg

It was taken about a month ago on a crisp morning as I began a class on primitive skills. Basically, we played in the woods all day and learned awesome stuff. Love autumn!!

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Here's my I idea of beating the weather photo. This past January I had to go to Florida for a funeral of my 50 yr old cousin. We had a really bad winter in Long Island New York. The week after I came back the snow was a bit much and I grabbed my snorkel equipment and I was back in Key Largo. Always smile when I see this one.

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Here's my I idea of beating the weather photo. This past January I had to go to Florida for a funeral of my 50 yr old cousin. We had a really bad winter in Long Island New York. The week after I came back the snow was a bit much and I grabbed my snorkel equipment and I was back in Key Largo. Always smile when I see this one.

I can't see it yet, try uploading it again.

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I am trying to copy some of our fantastic photos of Croatia but am having problems today...

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