I have a list of things I want to do in my life, my 101 List! One thing I really want to do is become more independent and self sufficient here in the Netherlands. Sure, things are a lot better than they were but I still have a long way to go.
The two things that would really make a big difference is going further with my Dutch courses and getting my drivers license. Both of which I say I’m going to do every year but something always gets in the way. With the Dutch lessons it’s just fear and laziness. The drivers license is usually money. I’d need to take lessons and a test like any other new driver here which will cost anywhere between €1000 – €1500. So what happens is if we have that kind of money to spare, we are faced with the choice between going on holiday or getting my license. Me getting to see my family, or getting my license. Getting the windows on our flat repaired, or getting my license. Pay off our credit card … or get my license.
You get the point.
I can get around well enough with the public transit but that’s not to say I wouldn’t have more freedom if I were able to drive. There are just some things you need a car for and after all these years I’m growing tired, very tired, of depending on my husband to do all the driving.
It would also be handy for traveling. Take going to the south of France for example. That is a fairly long drive and we’d be looking at probably about 15 hours on average including breaks. We break it into two days so that my husband can rest, but I’m a great long distance driver, I’ve always loved it. So it’s frustrating to have to pay for two nights in a hotel and spend all my time in the passenger seat.
I wish I could have traded in my Canadian license but it doesn’t work like that here.
Oh well, one day… I should see if the have gift certificates at the driving schools and ask for lessons for every occasion for the next year! I somehow doubt they do though.
In the meantime I’ll work on getting my ass in gear and getting back into some Dutch lessons. Eventually…