We woke up on Christmas morning, 2009, and started hauling our suitcases down our narrow set of Dutch stairs. A cab was waiting outside in the snow and we couldn't believe our year abroad had come to an end. Stuart (our orange cat) was hiding in his favorite place, at the top of our closet. He didn't want to leave. He loved Amsterdam, and even though we bitched about it often, we loved it too. We were excited to return to California to our friends, families and "normal" life, but we had an amazing year in The Netherlands and were sad to see it end.