The Best Thing about Living in the Netherlands

Bonnie The Bike after undergoing Tiffization

Bonnie is one of my best friends here in the Netherlands. We spend an inordinate amount of time together. Although there have been times when we haven’t been the nicest to each other (like the time I locked her out in the rain or the time she pushed me against a shop window) we always make up in the end. We’ve also been through a lot together: getting caught out in storms, getting lost and finding our way again, exploring new areas and taking trips together.

To be honest, Bonnie was one of the things I dreaded most about coming here. I just wasn’t sure that we’d mesh as her lifestyle is so different from the one I had back in the US. I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to handle her. The first few weeks together weren’t easy. And let’s just say we didn’t exactly hit it off the first time I met her.

But since then, Bonnie has introduced me to a whole new world. One I had never spent much time in because it just didn’t fit who I was. Now, its such a huge part of me and I can’t imagine my life without it. She’s helped me begin to lead a healthier lifestyle and she’s taught me to be more independent. I like to think that we’re invincible.

If I were to leave the Netherlands, Bonnie is one of the things I would miss the most. I already miss her whenever I go away, no matter how long I’m gone. Yet she’s always there waiting for me when I get back so we can go off on our latest adventure. It’s funny that the part of living here I thought I would dislike the most has become something I now can’t live without. Bonnie and I have known each other for about a year now, and I can honestly say that it’s been the best year of my life. And Bonnie has a lot to do with that. I hope that we have many more years together, and wherever I end up, if Bonnie’s still around, I’ll be taking her with me.

Who would have thought that I’d end up feeling this way about a bike? I certainly didn’t.

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6 Replies to “The Best Thing about Living in the Netherlands”

  1. On Oct 8, 2009 at 8:37PM clogsandtulips said “You know the funny thing about all this? I’ve owned 3 cars in my lifetime and never had the desire to name them. A week after my husband bestowed his bike upon me, she had a gender and a name! Glad you ladies enjoyed it :)”

  2. On Oct 25 at 11:40AM Anonymous said “So someone else doesn’t name cars, but does name their bike! Some months after arriving here – almost 10 years ago now – I bought a bike, despite not having ridden one since childhood. (Much hilarity ensued) My first bike (since then stolen twice, recovered once) was named “Charlie”and his replacement is named “Freddie”. I wouldn’t be without Freddie, he’s invaluable…oh yes, and a friend too :)”

  3. On Oct 28, 2009 at 1:17PM clogsandtulips said “Funny how something like a bike can grow on you like that! I, too, had not ridden since I was young, so I sympathize 🙂 In regards to Bonnie, a recent trip to the fiets reparatie winkel made me aware that Bonnie doesn’t have much time left… I was crushed! If a new one comes along, I wonder if it, too will have a name!”

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