We have been living in the Achterhoek for nearly two months now and as of today there is a sense of normalcy returning to our lives. How are we finding life on the other side of the Netherlands, in the Achterhoek? Here's a bit of a long overdue update. My husband starts his new job… Continue reading How is Life in the Achterhoek?
This time one year ago I became a Nederlander. Exactly one year ago. So, you are wondering, just how much Dutchification has taken place during the last year? Do I, you ask, now feel more Dutch than I did a year ago? And what, you wonder, have I done to celebrate this momentous occasion? Well… Continue reading One Year of Dutchification
So, we've moved. Tomorrow our 'old' house passes to new owners and our property ties with the west are officially broken. We are now firmly established in the east of the Netherlands. The stress over the last few months has been enormous. We have said so many goodbyes and there were tears. We got the… Continue reading Settling In to Our New Home
As I write I am surrounded by boxes. Boxes waiting to be transported to their next destination by a removal company tomorrow. There are spaces on the walls where photos and pictures hung; faded squares of colour take their place on the walls. My emotions swing from relief to sadness on an hourly basis. This… Continue reading Looking Forward
2017 was always going to be a year of change for us; that much we have known for a few years. We are now on the precipice of a move that some days I can't quite get my head around. How did we get to the point of simply moving from the west of the… Continue reading We’re Moving East
We spent a week at Farm Camps Den Brandenhorst in Gelderland during the meivakantie and to say that my boys were upset to be back home is an understatement. They flopped themselves down on the sofa in our front room and the eldest announced, "Wij willen hier niet zijn. Wij willen terug naar Farm Camps gaan."… Continue reading Why We Loved Our Farm Camps Break
Yesterday the LIA (Leraren in Actie) handed over a petition to the Dutch government with 45,000 signatures against the continued overcrowding in Dutch classrooms. It's an issue that has been on the teachers' agenda for a number of years, but there's no money to implement policies that would make a difference. At least that is what the… Continue reading Stop the Overcrowding in Dutch Classrooms