Like every other year, I returned to the Netherlands for Christmas and New Year’s Eve. It was incredible to reunite with my family and friends after such a tumultuous year. While I keep in close contact with my family through technology, there are times that I get homesick and wish I had my family here. To give you some background, I was born and raised in a smaller city in the eastern part of The Netherlands called Deventer. Even though I moved to Amsterdam when I was 15 and consider it “my” city, my parents still live in Deventer and I therefore celebrated Christmas there.