The weather is breaking. I know it is. I am telling myself this as I type. The last few days have been rather dreary (ahem, understatement) but hey, it’s the NL. If you expect anything else in the spring time you’re gonna be disappointed. I’m starting to get that craving to get out and see places- every year I say I’m going to see more of the NL, so today I have suggestions that aren’t the super huge big ones on every bucket list. Traveling around the Netherlands with kids? I’ve got some ideas.

Netherlands dunesNope, not a beach. [click to continue…]

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The Good Ones Go: Expat Loss

by farrah on March 25, 2015 · 8 comments

I was talking recently to one of my friends and we got on the subject of people leaving. Leaving in the sense of when you’re an expat you’re bound to leave sooner or later- and/or people will leave you. People being the friends that you make while on your assignment who are just as transient as you are.

annAnn & I in Athens [click to continue…]

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There are a few things I really miss about being back in the States. One of them, is the ease with which I could take care of any kind of medical situation with a quick dial of the phone, chat with a receptionist, and the making of an appointment. This sounds simple enough. Really, it should be. Chances are you’re not relishing the fact that something is wrong and you are at the mercy of the medical community at large to assist- so making this an obstacle or hump to get through as an expat can be one of the most frustrating things you do.

formOur emergency laminated form [click to continue…]

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The Dutch Tooth Fairy

by farrah on March 21, 2015 · 7 comments

B lost his first teeth last week. It was very exciting indeed! I was a bit nostalgic of course, and he, being my sensitive one became so emotional he got tears of joy in his eyes. It was pretty awesome all the way around even if they fell out because he bumped his brother in the head while jumping on a trampoline. Note- they had already been loose for weeks.

dutch tooth fairy [click to continue…]

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Guest Post: Expat Struggles

by farrah on March 19, 2015 · 8 comments

One of the things that bother me the most about myself and the posts I write is that I don’t talk about the dark side of expat life. To be an informative and worthwhile read, I need to be able to talk about the good and the bad- as nothing is perfect and nothing is guaranteed. We all have different experiences and it’s not fair of me to project that what I have felt is some kind of promise that any or every Netherlands expat will experience the same.

orange tulips [click to continue…]

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Parisian Plans: I’m Gonna Love You Yet

by farrah on March 15, 2015 · 14 comments

As of late I’ve been preoccupied with our trip to Paris next month. I use the word ‘preoccupied’ because I’m wanting so badly to fall in love with a city that seems to have everyone else’s heart. To be in as fortunate a position as we are (we live 4 hours by train away) you’d think I could go there on a weekend whim. Instead I think of a thousand different places I’d rather go. Spoiled much? I sure am starting to sound like it.

Love Locks ParisMy dudes by the love locks. [click to continue…]

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On Getting ‘Mortified’

by farrah on March 13, 2015 · 0 comments

I’m late to everything that’s cool these days- so if you’re familiar with Mortified, please excuse me. I’m a middle age mom who doesn’t pay much attention to pop culture. But if you’re not already familiar with Mortified and Mortified Nation- I am over here squeeing like a 13-year-old girl with her new Bop Magazine that just arrived in the mail (Kirk Cameron cover, of course).

Mortified NationPoster for Mortified Nation documentary.  [click to continue…]

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Our ‘Moestuintje’

by farrah on March 6, 2015 · 6 comments

A moestuintje or vegetable garden, has become an obsession in our house! Currently being the promotional platform at my grocery store- we’re getting a small plant set up with every €15 purchase. I’d say we’re now in our third week or so of the program and my boys are obsessed. Additionally, the school unit is also growing vegetables in a garden so all in all it’s getting some pretty timely reinforcement.

moestuintje [click to continue…]

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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 · 3 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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