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.