Greetings, all, from Den Haag!
Weve been doing some racin and chasin and it was a little
difficult getting my internet connection to work because of some
firewall problems (the landlord let me use his PC for a little
while) but here we are.
There is much to write about and I will write about it, but that
will be later as we are still settling in and trying to organize.
Like getting the mustard. Oh, yeah, we dont have any. And we have
no cash and the food store doesnt take credit cards or American
debit cards. And we are now officially illiterate because we can
neither read nor write the language. We cant speak it either but
most people speak English which is a good thing. Trying to sound out
Dutch words phonetically is all but impossible. As an example, say
out loud the name of the neighborhood we temporarily live in,
Scheveningen. Take a stab at it. Youre wrong. It looks
pronounceable to the American eye but it isnt. There are sounds not
used in English and although Ive had several Dutch folks
say it for
me, I still dont have it down.
Expect more later. If you dont want more, let me know and Ill
remove you from the distribution and I promise I wont be insulted
or spread nasty rumors about you.