Why and How: Amsterdam for the Holidays
A few months ago I was doing my usual scroll through Facebook & noticed that an online friend was going home for the holidays. Now, most people probably wouldn’t view this as an opportunity, but I’m (clearly) not most people. I messaged her immediately to ask if she needed a house/pet sitter for her home in Amsterdam, while she and her family were traveling.
We hadn’t actually met in person (yet), but we have been in a number of online courses together, and we have mutual friends… so I thought my chances were pretty good. I also have Global Entry (which means I’ve been background checked through the US government), and I have house/pet sitting references from around the world.
And here I am, sitting in her living room on Christmas Eve with a gorgeous (and way-too-smart) Labrador puppy at my feet. I’ve got TED talks on in the background, and I’ve been re-building this website for the past week.
Figuring out what I want to do when I grow up has been the challenge for a few years now. I’m a really good business & life coach ~ but I don’t have much of a list to market to, and coaching feels like a job (one that I enjoy, but a job nonetheless). Travel, on the other hand, is Joy. It’s Freedom. It’s what makes me want to get up in the morning, and make plans for the next year.
Has this trip been all joy and freedom? Most certainly not. If I’m being honest this is the most boring holiday trip I’ve every taken.
Has this trip been all joy and freedom? Most certainly not. If I’m being honest this is the most boring holiday trip I’ve every taken. I didn’t plan ahead to pre-connect with people in this city, and I’ve been lonely. No dates, no coffee friends, not meet-ups. Just dog walking, pulling socks & rocks out of the pups mouth, and every-other day trips into Amsterdam to explore and take photos. (Take a look at my Instagram!! I’ve taken some terrific pics)!
The good news is I have a friend joining me for my last few days here, and then we are off to Belgium & London for a few weeks. In the meantime I have a canal cruise scheduled for Amsterdam’s Festival of Lights tonight, and a pancake brunch for Christmas Day before I curl up on this very-comfy sofa and watch Love, Actually and The Holiday. Traditions are important, even (especially) while traveling solo.