Letting go

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As so many times before in my life, I signed of a big stack of papers, but this time it was of great significance…

When we made the decision to migrate this automatically meant that we would have to let go of a lot of things and one of them was our beloved house…

This house really is our home, we had a few houses over our 20 odd years together. But this house was really special to me.

I was around 8 or 9 years old when I first set foot in this house. At that time it belonged to a family who had a son my age, we often played in the garden or when it was grim outside we stayed in the special playroom (a small rumpus for you Ozzies) Some years later the family moved out and the house was sold to another family. That new family had even nicer offspring 😉 They had two daughters of which I liked one in particular. The next 3 years I spent quite some time in the house at the Enk until our relationship ended and my longest stint without a visit to the house started.

Fast forward 15 years and N. and myself thought of moving out of Rotterdam when we learned the house at the Enk was up for sale. We immediately arranged a visit and not long after we were the proud owners of this house:

Garden Panorama

 

When we made the decision to migrate this automatically meant that we would have to let go of a lot of things, one of them was our beloved house…

At first it was a pretty discomforting thought. Of course we wanted to go to Australia, but couldn’t we have a kind of ‘have your cake and eat it to’ scenario? Something like keeping the house or take it with us? Of course we couldn’t take it with us, and not selling wasn’t a very viable financial strategy either… So with pain in our heart we defined the sale strategy. And the letting go began…

Letting go happens in phases and by the time we arrived in the ‘put your house up for sale’ phase we were ready for it, strange how this stuff works. In our case the process from receiving our visa grant till the time we will leave is quite long (over 4 years) and although the wait was, and is, sometimes frustrating, it also helps us to slowly adjust to the fact we need to let go of a lot of stuff. Letting go of your career and network over here, all the stuff you’ve gathered over the years like your motorbikes, your car etc. And last but not least family and friends… and the house… There will be a lot more of letting go in the next 7 months.

 

On the 3rd of June, my birthday, we received the signed contract from the future residents of the Enk 30.

We have sold our house!

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