On Tuesday I arrived in my new Dutch town. Mike took me to a lovely Indian restaurant for dinner. It was comforting to know there IS Indian food (and good Indian food) in town. (Today we located an Asian market with myriad spices and sauces so I can even make my own curry again!)
Yesterday and today were a whirlwind of touring the town, apartment hunting, and paperwork (I have my ID and a bank account so I am legit). I was impressed by the speed and efficiency of Dutch bureaucracy. Their buildings are well organized and all my paperwork took less time than equivalent paperwork in the US. Of all the places we visited or passed by the standouts were
-a lovely French bakery where we grabbed sandwiches and sweets for take-away. I had a tomaat sandwich with mozzarella on olive bread. Mike had a rhubarb crumb-cake.
-the town mall. There was a store full of Saint Nicholas figures, reindeer and Christmas decorations. Another shop carried every sort of coffee or tea implement you could wish for from percolators and hotpots to specialized mugs and infusers. We grabbed koffe and tosti (toasted sandwiches) between ogling the shops.
-a gothic style church in the center of town. This church is tall enough to serve as an orientation point anywhere in town. At some point I plan to visit the church for a tour or perhaps a service.
Tomorrow I am on my own for sightseeing so I am hoping that I can start to get a better feel for the layout of the town.