Since all the car troubles we ended up decided to get 2 new cars (second hand) to allow me to be more independent aswell. I’m starting to get around a little bit since the last Tom Tom experience, and I’m getting used to the right hand side of the road. I’ve got a little Hyundai Accent (I used to have an Excel years ago and I always loved that car!).
Today I had to go to an appointment regarding my staying here in The Netherlands. Before attending that appointment I needed to pick up my Temporary Residency Card plus my BSN number. The Temporary Residency Card happened to be in Zwolle, 30 mins away on the freeway.
Now Alexander was going to take me to do this, but it has become urgent to collect my card. There was absolutely no way Alexander could take the time off work, since he’s been working on the migration of his network to Virtual Servers at a school. The school kids had just returned and it was essential he fixed all the problems.
This left one other option, that I drive to Zwolle myself with the use of the Tom Tom. I had only driven on the freeway once with Alexander, and while it was just a little bit scary for me, I did ok and I felt confident.
So this morning, I went to the Town Hall in Apeldoorn and picked up my offical BSN papers (formerly known as Sofie number), drove to Zwolle (with the help of the Tom Tom) and drove back to my appointment in Apeldoorn at some place that I have no idea what it was really for.
The result of the appointment is that they are going to put me through a course to learn the dutch language. Apparently all people who stay here have to complete this course and I have 3.5 years to submit the exam. I hope to finish it much quicker than that though……hopefully within a year.