After Thailand, I spent two wonderfully busy weeks in the Netherlands. I enjoyed wearing jeans, a sweater, and a winter coat, walking through Amsterdam, and admiring the city and lights. This way I could also join the Christmas dinner with my university friends and finally see everyone again! Last year I had a problem with my eye just before the Christmas dinner; I wasn’t allowed to fly and missed the event. And a few days before the joint holiday this year I got Covid… That’s why this dinner was extra special.
Now I am back in Puglia, where it is 17 degrees and sunny during the day; my land is more beautiful than ever. In the evening it is cold and humid, so I am really happy with the expensive underfloor heating that I had installed in my tiny house among the olive trees. I am now getting heating installed in my trullo, so that I can also receive guests in the winter. If you would like to stay in my paradise in February or March, please send me a message.
During my trip to Thailand, I bought another apartment in ‘my’ village via WhatsApp… So now I have another exciting project with renovation to make it super beautiful and then sell it to someone who wants to enjoy the apartment, but not suffer the hassle of a renovation. All my local friends now invite me to apartments that their grandfather, aunt, and second cousin want to sell. I think I bought ANOTHER apartment during my neighbors’ amazing Christmas lunch (where EVERYTHING was homemade, from the pasta grains to the wine and bread)!
I celebrated New Year in the village with 8 other Dutch people who have fallen in love with this part of Puglia and have bought a plot of land here.
In mid-January, during a stopover in Milan, I will go skiing in the Aoste Valley for a few days. Then I will be in Amsterdam for exactly 1 day, during which I have to prepare my apartment for 5 months of rental and pack my hand luggage for two months in Buenos Aires and Curaçao. An hour before departure to Argentina on Jan 21st I will be a guest on the TV program WNL on Sunday. Wish me luck! 🤞🏻