I failed NaBloPoMo on the very last day. Typical! As annoying as it is knowing that I didn’t complete all 30 days, I still managed to write a daily blog for 29 consecutive days so I don’t feel so bad about it. While it’s all well and good writing about life and sticking to a schedule, sometimes you just need to forget all the rules and go with the flow. Yesterday, I was out enjoying life, making memories, and seeing where new experiences might take me. One thing that this last month has taught me is that there are so many opportunities to turn something ordinary into the extraordinary. Last night I had dinner at my Dutch family’s house and it was gezellig!
Gezellig is a Dutch word that cannot be directly translated into any other language. The problem with gezellig, is that you can’t exactly explain it to someone who doesn’t know what it means. There is no definition. It’s more of a feeling than anything else, and therefore something gezellig can be very individual. Gezellig is warm and cosy. It’s a friendly ambience. It’s being in pleasant company. It’s a great atmosphere or surroundings. A small intimate dinner party can be gezellig. Coffee with a friend can be gezellig. Christmas decorations can be gezellig. A party can be gezellig. A person can be gezellig. Sitting in front of a fire is gezellig, central heating is not so gezellig!! Something that you’re looking forward to can be gezellig! Got it? Kind of?
I absolutely adore this word. I can say with complete confidence that last night was gezellig! The food, the wine, the company, the general atmosphere – gezellig! Being given a chocolate letter left by Sinterklaas and Zwarte Piet by my Dutch family – gezellig! Feeling like I am part of their family – gezellig! The new wine bar we tried last night – gezellig! My hangover this morning – not so gezellig! As long as it’s gezellig, everything is all good and there is no need to say anymore!