The Best Cheese Ever That Wasn’t

by farrah on March 2, 2015 · 1 comment

Yesterday was our ‘Shopping Sunday’ in Oisterwijk which only rolls around the first Sunday of every month. It’s a big deal, and you find that you will invent just about any reason to go down to the center and walk around even if you don’t need anything. I, however, was in need of something. I needed some more of the best cheese I’ve had since we’ve been here from our local cheese shop Smaeck!.

Dutch cheeseWhat I ended up buying yesterday instead. [click to continue…]

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February’s Reading Recap

by farrah on March 1, 2015 · 2 comments

I have to say I’m glad that February is OVER. For a month that is the shortest, it sure did have its fair share of disasters in my family. So here we are today- at March 1st which means I have another month ahead to keep on reading. I won’t say this was my best month. In fact, besides the first one, I’m pretty meh on each of the books including my ‘currently’ reading part. I’m still on target for my 50 books this year though, so here’s the February recap of what I read last month.

hcWinner, winner chicken dinner. [click to continue…]

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A Brain Purge: Living Inside My Own Head

by farrah on February 28, 2015 · 1 comment

The beginning of the year is always a bit strange. I find that I don’t have a rhythm, a groove, or a sense of confidence like I seem to feel as the year rolls on. I go through purges of all sorts: material, emotional and interpersonal. It’s strange and yet at the same time the fact that I go through this annually is in itself a sense of comfort. Adding to this I can’t seem to let go of the scare I had with those stupid stairs (believe me, if you’re sick of hearing about them, imagine how I feel) and how easily I could have snapped my neck.

postWatching Big Hero 6 this week. On the couch. [click to continue…]

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When Your Best Friend Comes to Visit

by farrah on February 24, 2015 · 2 comments

It has been bananas over here for the last few weeks. Of course, most of it is my fault since the majority of my problems originated down that slip o’ the stairs in Morocco. The timing really couldn’t have been worse, but then again- is it ever a good time to hurt yourself? Anyhow- my long-time buddy came to visit last week and we absolutely did a tour de force excursion in our neck of the woods in honor of her first trip to Europe.

kelly [click to continue…]

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I have to write up a couple of posts on our Morocco adventure. This post is not about Morocco, what we did or what we saw. This is basically just a ‘hallelujah I’m alive to write about it’ post and basically explain my silence as of late (and for the next week too). In a nutshell, I tried to kill myself in Morocco by falling down the stairs and have my three friends as witnesses to this fiasco.

staPhoto from day I arrived- I fell down this flight, hit the landing and kept going. [click to continue…]

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Morocco Bound!

by farrah on February 7, 2015 · 1 comment

Our Moms in Morocco trip kicks off this weekend. Today my friend from Ireland is heading here, staying the night and we leave tomorrow. My kids are healthy, my bags are most definitely not yet packed- and I am more than ready to feel temperatures which are projected to be in the 60s this week. I’m up for some laughs and adult conversations in a setting I never imagined that I’d see.

teMy weather app lies to me on a regular basis..but here’s hoping..! [click to continue…]

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Calling On Your Expat Village: It Happens

by farrah on February 4, 2015 · 12 comments

Yesterday was awful. One of my guys woke up feeling pretty bad and I was worried. We’ve had that ‘American Flu‘ but C always seems to linger around illness a little bit longer than the rest of us. His cough was nasty and he was hot. Like really hot. Mentally I took stock of the situation: husband out of the country, sick child… this isn’t going to be good.

Fortunately, I have made friends in Oisterwijk with the parents I see every single day. After two years, I consider them friends, and if I needed help I knew I could reach out to someone. Without family nearby- your expat village becomes your family. And if you’re lucky enough to live in a place like I do— the residents feel the same. [click to continue…]

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Today I have a guest post from a long time reader and expat here in the NL. She approached me with an idea for a story- one that other expats might find useful and cautionary when prepping to move abroad. I appreciate her advice very much, and am sorry that she has a tale that led up to this lesson. All links put forth by the author, all non-affiliate. 

hhouseGrandma’s house [click to continue…]

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January’s Reading Recap

by farrah on January 31, 2015 · 10 comments

My silence over the past week or so wasn’t only due to writer’s block. I’ve been cheating on my blog with my renewed desire to read and read and read. I have to say, I have missed it, and glad to be back into the game, blog posts or not. It’s winter anyhow- and to be honest, we don’t have that much going on. So  for me at least, reading is actually a really nice alternative to globetrotting.

The Paris WifeWinner of the month.  [click to continue…]

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Carnival is Coming! The 2015 Version

by farrah on January 30, 2015 · 2 comments

We’re about two weeks out from that crazy time of year- Carnival! This, being our third year here for the event, we know what to expect and how to prepare. In order to get ourselves ready- last night we went to a makeshift temporary costume shop and purchased our first costumes. Adding to the chaos this year, my best friend is arriving from the US two hours before the parade starts. This will be her first time in Europe (I think) and I can’t imagine a better way for her to be introduced to the Dutch.

carnival in the netherlandsPeople dressed & ready for the parade 2013 [click to continue…]

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