Moving to Permanent Housing

Trip Start Apr 15, 2003
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Trip End Sep 01, 2011


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Saturday, April 12, 2003

Chris arrived on April 12 for 10 days to help move everything into our permanent housing in the center of Amsterdam. The kitties are VERY excited to see him. We think they might have been worried that they would only have one "parent".

All of our stuff was shipped from Chicago at the end of March to Amsterdam. We had been told that the boat shipment would take 6-8 weeks, but our things arrived in Rotterdam after only 3 weeks! Everything cleared customs without a problem, so we are able to have it delivered immediately.

On April 15 we took possession of our apartment. We're very excited to be moving into the Center. Although the temporary housing is very nice, it is a bit like being in the suburbs and our preference is definitely to be in the center of things. The apartment is the top three stories in a Canal house that was originally built in 1650. We are in the part of the house that was originally a tobacco warehouse (it was still a warehouse, office forms, when it was purchased 25 years ago):

Here is the front of the house with a lift being used to move our furniture:



Here is an image of the first floor:



Here is an image of the third floor:



Our landlords have an art gallery on the first floor and a connected house in the back. Their cat likes to check things out in the front window:




We are incredibly lucky because the landlords have agreed to leave any furniture and artwork in the apartment that we would like to use:



So, we spend most of the day figuring out where we're going to put our furniture and what we would like to have stay and what should be removed. It is important to know where we will put our furniture because it is delivered through the windows onto the appropriate floor. The stairs in the house are too steep and narrow to carry up large furniture. Thus, the moving company brings an elevator which they put to the appropriate height and bring in our belongings that way. One oddity that we don't understand is that they brought most of the things through the window of the (American) 2nd floor and then carried them up from there. The stairs between the 2nd and 3rd floors are terribly bad for carrying things -- curving, narrow, and dished from wear -- so we think it would have been much better to have brought things in a floor higher. Apparently not:

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On Friday, April 17, a driver picks us up with a van and takes us, the kitties, the cello and all of the crap-ola we brought on the plane to the new apartment. We've finally arrived!:



Mel takes a break:

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