Well , first let me explain the title. For nearly the entire four and a half hour car ride to Rotterdam, Eden proceeded to sing "I'm gonna jam in the Rotterdam" and "Are we in Rotterdam". We are in Rotterdam and she still asks "Are we in Rotterdam?" Now she says that she will jam in her jammies in Rotterdam. Man I love variety. So our journey to Rotterdam was a little tricky. We were supposed to get our car, the Renault Grand Scenic, at about 9am. We did a short term lease which is a great way to go when needing a car for more than a few days. (Thanks to Caroline's brother Stephan for the tip!) Justin got to the car pickup location and no car. The car was still on a truck and they did not know where the truck was. Meanwhile the kids and I had to check out from our apartment at 10am. Luckily, we had a very gracious host and she let us leave our bags in the apartment while the cleaning lady worked, until Justin came to pick us up. I took the kids to a nearby cafe to hook up to the wifi and have an espresso and chocolate croissants. Justin and I were able to communicate and they decided to get a taxi to pick up the kids and I with the luggage. The only catch was that Renault needed to approve the cost beforehand. Well about two hours later they got the approval and 20 minutes later the taxi showed up.
Once the kids and I arrived at the car place we found Justin and as luck would have it the truck had arrived and Justin had the car. Well, let me tell you not all car trunks are created equally. I am very spoiled at the roominess of my minivan. Because all though the Scenic is grand it is not huge. About 20 minutes later we got the car loaded and the kids crammed in and off we went. About 4 hours behind schedule. But then we thought schedule who needs a schedule. Since we needed to move the driver seat up a bit to fit a duffel bag behind it, I was required to drive because I am shorter than Justin. We entered in the address to the integrated GPS and off we went, but first we needed to get out of Paris. Wow! Traffic is crazy and we soon realized that I needed to drive rather aggressively. Soon the kids started chatting "Be aggressive, be, be aggressive". We soon got out of Paris and were on our way to jam in the Rotterdam. The drive was uneventful and we found our apartment rather easily.
|The Renault Grand Scenic - Our wheels for the next 3 months|
|The Hook of Holland|
When we got back to the apartment we walked about 2 blocks to the supermarket and got some things for dinner. I love the convenience of having the supermarket so close that you can walk.
Another thing that Justin and the boys find interesting is the trash bin across the street from our apartment. The bin itself is pretty small but this morning we saw them empty it and realized that it was mostly underground. They hooked the bin to a large crane attached to a garbage truck and pulled it out of the ground and emptied it into a large trash truck. So the bin is actually about 10 feet deep by 5 feet wide. Once emptied it was placed back into the ground. The boys thought that it was pretty cool the garbage man doing this all with a remote control.
Personally, I love Rotterdam. I find the city easygoing and feel very comfortable here. The architecture is pretty, the people are nice and the city itself is beautiful. By the way, the tap water is supposed to be the best in the world, and so far it is quite good.
|Shipping Channel on Hook of Holland|
|Caleb trying out the "Squirrel" at the free kids festival in downtown Rotterdam|
|Eden and Danielle bouncing|