Simple pleasures

We are now happily ensconced smack in the center of Holland in the summer house of my brother in law – a birthday gift that keeps on giving for several days. We spend evenings sitting in front of the fire after simple home-cooked meals. I am working on a 1000 piece puzzle – a sure sign of vacation.

On our first day we visited the Kröller Mueller museum – one of Holland’s most spectacular modern art museums. We had a late start so we had to drop the tile museum nearby. The weather cycles between rain, sleet, sun and wind, alternating between cold and chilly and not so cold and chilly.

On day two we ventured into Utrecht, getting hopelessly tied up on narrow streets going back and forth over and along canals in always one-way-streets, looking for a parking garage. We can now advise others to not look for those in the center of the city.

We visited the Dick Bruna (of Nijntje or Miffy fame) house, part of the central museum and learned about his influences (French impressionists), his work illustrating familiar childhood books (Simenon, The Saint) and his relentless search for simplicity.

We found the same theme in the Schröder-Rietveld house, a remarkable piece of architecture with vanishing and re-appearing rooms, result of so many sliding walls and doors and windows – as if by magic.

From there we biked back into the wind to the central museum on our central museum bikes, graciously made available to get from one museum to another.

Back home I struggled with a forgotten timesheet and more re-integration glitches and the threat of not being paid for the last pay period. I had forgotten to take care of this before I left home and am now suffering the consequences. It created a momentary upset in the otherwise perfect vacation mood. Thanks to a good internet connection a temporary solution was found that will keep our automatic payments from bouncing. Sigh.

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