Our second full year in Amsterdam was even better than our first, and we’re ending it on a high — our first Christmas in Amsterdam after spending the past three in Switzerland. This year we convinced most of our Swiss family to come here for the holidays. Sarah, Isabel, and Hallie will be here; unfortunately Amelia has commitments that tie her to Switzerland, but we have seen her several times this year so we forgive her!
Through the magic of Facebook, Skype, email, SMS, WhatsApp, and many personal visits, most of you already know we still love living in Amsterdam. Moving to Europe from half-way across the world in Hawaii wasn’t crazy after all — this is a perfect fit for our personalities. We are still pinching ourselves that we get to live in what is (in our humble opinion) the most interesting city in the world. We appreciate all the visits from our friends and family members — we have had over 60 people stay with us since we moved two years ago, not counting repeat guests! And we have met many more new European friends so our life is very full.
We are breaking from our annual tradition of writing a long newsy update and giving you a review in pictures of highlights from our past year. You can roll your mouse over any photo to get a caption, and click on any photo for a bigger version and a longer description. Or you can view the entire slide show by clicking on the first (or any) photo and using the arrows to cycle through all of them.
We are healthy and grateful every single day of the year. We wish you all a happy Christmas season filled with music, holiday decorations, good food, and lots of love. Our sincere best wishes for a healthy and happy 2015.
Harrison & Sharene