Category Archives: Moving back to the Netherlands

Creeping In

When we first moved back, a lot of people were curious about our kids and how they identify themselves: do they feel more Dutch (after all they were born here and lived here the first 7, 5 and 2 years … Continue reading

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Adaptation

  I have written before about juggling two cultures and all the traditions and holidays that come with that. Fourteen years in I feel like I am starting to get the hang of it. Halloween was the first big US … Continue reading

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Speaking of New Words…

A moment I overheard while the kids and a friend were jumping on the trampoline made me smile and gives me the opportunity to update you on the kids’ language skills. Mylo: Ik ben een hummingbird! Friend: Wat is een … Continue reading

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New Words

I have a pretty good handle on Dutch. Back when I first moved here in 2003 I enrolled in the mandatory Dutch classes. Since I couldn’t work yet I signed up for the more intensive daytime program:  5 half-days a … Continue reading

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The Bike Chronicles I :: Detours

Biking in the Netherlands. It may beat hagelslag, old city centers, museums and the sea in terms of what I love about living here. It ranks right up there with affordable universal health care. As I began to write this post … Continue reading

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The One with the Most to Lose

Our eldest had the most to lose with this move. He is in a phase of life when he is working at shaping his identity, becoming the person he wants to be. He has very strong opinions and a strong … Continue reading

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Amos

When deciding to move to the Netherlands, we listened to our kids, heard their opinions and took them into consideration, but Maarten and I made the final decision. Seeking a way to give them a chance to feel empowered, like … Continue reading

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