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spiral78



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PostPosted: Fri May 29, 2009 5:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I can unfortunately relate - I'm located in the 'grass-is-greener-here' Netherlands -

of course it's green, it gets watered all too regularly Rolling Eyes

(though I have to admit today's spectacular - hopefully this high pressure's heading your way and you'll get some sun tomorrow;))
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PostPosted: Fri May 29, 2009 6:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

To Glenlivet: AUGURI! Congratulations, well done, and can I just say that I'm glad Italy got you and not Spain!! I am so excited for you, and I hope everything goes to plan. I'm sure you'll be letting us know how you get on.

Spiral: after 30+ temps it has now cooled down. Sth about an anticyclone from Spain. Just as it was beginning to be beach weather too... Where are you exactly in NL, anyway?
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PostPosted: Fri May 29, 2009 6:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

spiral78 wrote:
I can unfortunately relate - I'm located in the 'grass-is-greener-here' Netherlands -

of course it's green, it gets watered all too regularly Rolling Eyes

(though I have to admit today's spectacular - hopefully this high pressure's heading your way and you'll get some sun tomorrow;))

I used to think it was quite funny, when I lived in the English Lake District, to hear tourists (usually Americans - sorry!) saying "it's beautiful but doesn't it ever stop raining?". Green and pleasant land with LAKES!!! Of course it bloody rains Twisted Evil
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PostPosted: Fri May 29, 2009 6:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Maastricht. Where the mountains are Very Happy
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Glenlivet



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PostPosted: Fri May 29, 2009 6:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

spiral78 wrote:
Maastricht. Where the mountains are Very Happy

PLURAL?? Are you sure Smile
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PostPosted: Fri May 29, 2009 6:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Teacher in Rome wrote:
To Glenlivet: AUGURI! Congratulations, well done, and can I just say that I'm glad Italy got you and not Spain!! I am so excited for you, and I hope everything goes to plan. I'm sure you'll be letting us know how you get on.

Thanks TiR. Can't wait to load up the van and get on the road again - it's been a long 3 years. We've been watching the Giro, the WEATHER!!!! Interesting watching them going into Bergamo - did I say can't wait??
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PostPosted: Fri May 29, 2009 7:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We have at least two 'mountainlets' in the region:)
Why I need the 24 gears on my bike. Come visit sometime when you get spoiled on Italy and miss the rain Very Happy
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PostPosted: Fri May 29, 2009 7:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

spiral78 wrote:
We have at least two 'mountainlets' in the region:)
Why I need the 24 gears on my bike. Come visit sometime when you get spoiled on Italy and miss the rain Very Happy

King of the "mound-ains" Very Happy
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PostPosted: Fri May 29, 2009 7:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Queen, if you please. Moundains. Very clever - and accurate - though we've valleys and plateaus too!
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PostPosted: Fri May 29, 2009 7:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Blimey, you guys need a chat function!

Maastricht is lovely Spiral. Perhaps the nicest city in NL?? At least the people there are the loosest, most laid-back of the lot. I once taught a couple of guys from there - typical Limburgers and a very healthy two-fingered kind of attitude towards the uptight "Calvinist to the underpants" Dutch of the north... Phew - a long sentence, but hope you'll forgive.
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PostPosted: Fri May 29, 2009 8:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Glenlivet - have you got any accommodation sorted out? Hope the school will give you a bit of help for settling in, getting tax numbers and so on. Don't forget you'll also need some sort of health insurance for at least your first year.

Let me know if you're ever down in Marche area!
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PostPosted: Fri May 29, 2009 8:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Continuing the chat Smile
Yeah, I have lived here for a total of 6+ years now - though on and off. I really like the city. As for Limburgers...well, 'laid back' is one way to describe them. There are some others, less positive. But that's true everywhere, I think. God knows there have been years when I wasn't proud to be an American Rolling Eyes

However, overall, this is a very nice little international city with lots of cultural stuff going on and a university that is cutting edge in some important ways. I'm pretty happy with it.....

and am also feeling quite exposed on a personal level...hope none of this openness will come back to bite me later on, through stalkers or critics on the forum Mad
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PostPosted: Fri May 29, 2009 8:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Teacher in Rome wrote:
Glenlivet - have you got any accommodation sorted out? Hope the school will give you a bit of help for settling in, getting tax numbers and so on. Don't forget you'll also need some sort of health insurance for at least your first year.

Let me know if you're ever down in Marche area!

We're planning on driving down with the van and camping in July, should give us time to sort out accommodation etc. Yes, the school has promised help with the logistics. Apparently we qualify for healthcare from day one - if not we have our UK health cards (ex E111) which should see us through.

No doubt we'll bob about a bit (1500km in a day quite normal for us) so we should have a chance at a group cuddle - if SueH can make it with her well toned thighs, so much the better Very Happy
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PostPosted: Fri May 29, 2009 8:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

spiral78 wrote:
Queen, if you please. Moundains. Very clever - and accurate - though we've valleys and plateaus too!

Many apologies, none intended, hopefully none taken Smile
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PostPosted: Fri May 29, 2009 9:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Teacher in Rome wrote:
Maastricht is lovely Spiral.

When ever I hear the word "Maastricht" I think of John Major. I need help Confused
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