Hello. Remember me? I’m that girl who used to blog three times a week here on this little site. I’m the one who promised to keep blogging after she started her new job – albeit less than in the past – only to write ONE post in six months.
Yesterday I did two things. One, I paid my yearly web hosting fee which allows this website to actually exist, and two, I realised that it was Olympic Wanderings’ eighth birthday. Then I felt really guilty, as if I’d neglected my own child, and was buying them presents to make myself feel better. Which is true, in a way.
I’m still here, writing this blog post in the usual spot; my couch in our little apartment in the Netherlands. I’ve still been travelling at a rate of knots. I have more trips planned in the coming weeks and months. And I’m enjoying work more than I have in a long time.
In other words, I’ve been busy. From the start of August until the end of December I worked four weeks, and then would have two weeks off. When I was working, I would be working; fifteen hour days were the norm. But many of these hours were spent outside, exploring new cities like Strasbourg, Heidelberg and Bamberg. I went wine tasting in the Wachau and Alsace, drank beer at Dult (like Oktoberfest) in Regensburg, toured the Mercedes Benz assembly plant in Rastatt, danced the polka in downtown Rudesheim and listened to Mozart and Strauss in Vienna. Yes, ’twas awesome.
When I’d retire to my room, I wouldn’t get out my computer and blog. No, I’d open up my Dutch workbooks and study. I recently sat my Dutch inburgering test (kind of like a citizenship test, regardless of whether or not you actually want to be a citizen) which I had been putting off for a good year or so, and passed. It was a massive relief.
When I wasn’t working, I enjoyed not spending every spare second on this blog. I visited new places, like Normandy, Deventer and Madurodam. I even made a spur-of-the-moment decision to fly down to Rome in December to see a friend. I finally got to go to Museum Night in Amsterdam, after missing out the previous three years. I got to ride my bike, read lots of books and see movies when they were still at the cinemas. I haven’t cared less about the blog.
Since finishing up the river cruise season after Christmas, I’ve still kept busy. I’ve submitted all my papers to become a Dutch citizen and everything should be approved in the second half of the year (which includes needing King Willem-Alexander’s thumbs up). I spent New Year’s Eve in my beloved Berlin and then spent two weeks in Sri Lanka with Paul and my family. On Friday, I’m off to Kenya for the first time, something that has required both shots and new camera equipment. I am VERY excited.
Sometimes I wonder if I’m finished with blogging. Often I wish that I’d just kept it the way it used to be – text only, and hosted by Blogger – without all the stress of social media and editing photos. In those days, I would blog almost in real time. Last year, I was often blogging about places I’d visited a year or more ago, such was the backlog and the time needed to sort out my thoughts and photos. And I began to hate the name of my blog, because it didn’t have anything to do with what my site was about any more. I even changed the name of my Instagram account to @theviewfromtheoffice to reflect this, but changing the name of the blog just seemed like a lot of work and I decided to save it for a rainy day that never came.
So I’m here, but totally lacking blogging motivation. I even started this post two months ago and didn’t get past the second paragraph. I am still active on Instagram, which takes far less time with far more impact. But I love writing, and that’s my main dilemma.
Watch this space.
You saw Bamberg!!! An absolute bliss.
Trust me, I know how you feel. I also blog blog blog but get very little feedback or satisfaction. However, sometimes out of the blue comes a fan message about how I inspired them to travel for the first time in their lives and I feel that all these years of blogging indeed paid off.
So, keep the faith.
Welcome back! It’s lovely to see you here. I miss your blog, I come back and read my favourite posts from time to time 🙂 I hope you’re well.
Good luck with your citizenship, I hope it all goes the right way for you.
Re: blogging, I didn’t really get back into it after Lapland (oh yeah, i’ve been living in the Arctic circle), it’s a lot of work and I dunno… I kind of have gone back to just doing the bits that make me happy. The writing. I just want to keep a log of what I’ve done, so I can look back someday and be like, wooowwww look at how amazing my life has been.
You are certainly one busy girl who is seeing so much of this fabulous planet. Keep up the blogging!
I am right there with you – far more exciting things happening offline than on! ENJOY Kenya – how cool!!
Welcome back ‘Olympic Wanderings’. Have missed you however have grown to love ‘View from the Office’ (I know, what’s not to love!)
Maybe Kenya will deserve a blog entry. I’m sure Sri Lanka does too.
I definitely know the feeling. It’s sometimes a struggle to put out a single post a week, which is my current goal. But I’ve made so many friends through my blog that I know I’ll keep going, even if I need to take a break from it from time to time.
Good luck with the citizenship!
It is good to see that you are back and active, because I like to read your posts.
Looking at the houses from Colmar, France image, I thought that the image is made in Holland, because the styles used are very similar to the styles seen in Holland.
Ah, Blogger Burnout! The one thing we all dread. Hope you somehow turn it around and try to update this site whenever inspiration strikes you. Remember blogging really is just a way to write down your memories of past trips or events that you don’t want to forget about years down the road.
Hello! This might be a bit random, considering you posted this more than a year ago.
And – most likely – you’ve moved on to a different website and/or have taken a break from the whole blogging thing. There’s a good chance you’ll never see this ;P
However, I do feel the need to point out your amazing writing skills. I’ve been reading everything about your stay in the Netherlands for the past half hour or so. It’s very fun reading about my country from an outside perspective. It makes me wonder whether or not I’m taking the good things here in the Netherlands for granted. I’m actually looking to move to a different country, preferably England. Not sure if that will be so easy with #brexit right around the corner, but who kniows? Anyways, thanks for sharing your experience and I hope you have a great time in the small, but oh so ”gezellig” Holland.
P.s If you’re ever in Nijmegen, I’ll buy you a beer!
You’ve stumbled upon The View from the Office, a collection of travel musings penned by an opinionated Australian living in the Netherlands, working as a cruise director and travelling in between.
She can’t quite believe that this is how her life has turned out.
Writing this blog is part the evidence she’ll need in the future to prove that it was all real.