On a houseboat with Polina and Gabi.
I know I said that my previous blog post was my last post from the Netherlands, but I lied.
Something so amazing happened to me tonight and I had to share it with you all – even if that means writing this to you after a few glasses (or a bottle) of wine later, at 1 in the morning.
Let me set the scene.
My night started out at around 9 p.m. when my roommates and I decided to crack open a few beers and a bottle of wine to enjoy our last night together in Utrecht. Gabi, Zee, Polina and I sang a few songs in our garden (a tradition of ours) and decided to take one last walk along the canals together.
We packed a backpack with 6 beers and the rest of the bottle of Cabernet, and headed out for the closest canal to our apartment.
This canal happens to have a few bridges that are beautifully lit with Christmas lights and lined with houseboats.
In my previous blog post, A Tour of Utrecht, you may remember me mentioning Gabi’s plan to visit one of these spectacular houseboats.
Well folks, we finally did it!
As we were walking along this canal with the houseboats, we started hearing music in the distance. Since we just finished our karaoke session not too long ago, we figured we would follow the music. After all, we were still in a singing/dancing mood.
When we walked to the end of the canal, we pin-pointed the music to a houseboat and saw two people dancing in the living room.
We stood across the canal from this houseboat, dancing to the music and singing along with these strangers across from us. If you were around to witness this scene, you would have thought we looked crazy.
During a pause between songs, we shouted to the couple, “Hey! Do you mind if we join the party?” They invited us right in.
After running across the bridge and knocking on their door, we were greeted with open arms and loud music.
The two people who greeted us were a couple, Mieke and Herricke, in their late 40s. They reminded me of a young couple, carefree and in love.
We shared a dance, a few drinks, and Mieke shared some words of wisdom with all of us that I will never forget.
She said, “Go for [whatever you want out of life] totally. Don’t ever go for something half way.”
She also said a lot of other inspirational things, but my wine brain cannot remember them right now.
We shared an amazing 30 minutes together, sitting on their dock next to the lit up bridge, enjoying the beautiful view and each other’s company.
The four of us ended up leaving Mieke and Herricke’s houseboat after exchanging contact information and kind words. They were the sweetest Dutch people I have ever met and I will never forget this night.
A few months ago, when Gabi mentioned visiting a houseboat randomly with biscuits and tea, I kind of thought she was crazy. Yet here I was, with a six pack of beer and a bottle of wine, dancing on a houseboat with two strangers and my roommates, living life the way it was meant to be lived.
I love my crazy, beautiful life.