Exactly one year ago we moved into our new home in Holland Park.
After the walls were plastered and painted, the floor in place, already some furniture delivered and finally the kitchen installed. We rented a minivan to move the last of our stuff and as last, also our cat Yuna.
A lot has happened in a year.
We actually felt immediately at home in our new place, even Yuna settled in within only 20 minutes of hiding underneath the couch before she went on full exploration mode.
I cooked a lot more than ever before. I guess having a state of the art kitchen helps with that. Plus the fact that with an open kitchen it didn’t feel like I was alone in another room.
On the first day of Christmas, water was pouring from the ceiling, we had buckets in the hallway to catch all those liters coming down. It was a total disaster! Luckily I had the contact information of the builder who immediately came with an emergency solution. In the end the whole roof was stripped and redone to fix this.
Nonetheless we enjoyed the Christmas lights and atmosphere in our new home.
We totally love the location we’re at, even though it’s outside the ring A10. With only 3 minutes walking to the metro and train station, we’re only 15 minutes away from Amsterdam Central, Schiphol or the Zuidas where Seb’s work is located.
Plus there is plenty of space to park, so friends and family from outside Amsterdam also come more often 🙂
This year we had plenty of at-home celebrations like our annual Halloween party, New Years party, Seb’s bday party, dinner nights and game nights. Always trying to make our guests feel welcome. This past July I even organised an anniversary party in the courtyard with all the neighbours, which was a huge succes!
Three weeks ago our cat Yuna passed away, one year ago I was certain she would live another 5 years, but at the age of 18 she was done. We have her portrait in the hallway next to the door now.
The neighborhood also developed a lot this year, the canals have water floating, bridges are placed and the streets neatly tiled.
Living in Holland Park (Diemen) isn’t so bad after all.