|Ollie, Pepi and me playing in the paddling pool|
|Rollerderby in Amsterdam|
|Ollie on a really hot day|
...until one morning Jacquie told me that my visa application had been rejected and I had 28 days to leave the country! There was no indication that there would be any problem, so it was more that a bit of a surprize. Their basis for rejection was that Rogier and Jacquie could not prove that they could financially afford an au pair, as their only income source was earned in Luxembourg. Seems a bit silly to me, given the whole borderless Europe thing, but I've heard a lot about the Dutch visa office, and it seems a total mess, turning down a lot of visas for random reasons after they refuse to process visas via their embassies and make you fly all the way here to submit the application.
|"Who me? Of course I wasn't playing with it.."|
isations here, and say that the Dutch are quite cold people who are hard to befriend and have very different concepts of manners and childraising than I am accustomed too. Unlike some of the other au pairs, I wouldn't say they're rude, because I think its just a different way of doing things, but definitely the lack of pleases and thank yous started to bug me, as did their way of letting their children run wild and do whatever they want unpunished when young, figuring at some point when they grow up they will work out the proper way to behave
|Our boat trip, pulling up at the windmill brewery bar|
|Me and Anissa at the windmill brewery|
|Me perched on the stern|
|Faces of horror as we ventured out into the rough open sea|
|Willem overboard in the canal|
|Me on the beach at IJBurg|
More photos are here.