New passport

New passport

After 16 years of living in the Netherlands as expat I decided to become 100% Dutch. Practically it means applying for  Dutch citizenship. As I have been living here for a relatively long time, speak fluent Dutch, etc. it turned out to be mostly a question of money. I...
Parent nightmare

Parent nightmare

  After each school holiday as the kids come back to their daily routine parents go through the usual ritual: head checking. Are there any unwanted guests nestig in their offspring locks? I had no idea that this problem can be so stubborn.   After the first time...
Poland 2016: picked up where I left

Poland 2016: picked up where I left

Our journey to Poland this summer was unsurprisingly rich in emotions. Since I ruiled Bielsko-Biala in 2000 for Amsterdam I often wonder: how would it be if I stayed in my country? What would I be doing? Hoe would my life look like? What ifs are counter productive. I...
Nearly missed

Nearly missed

It was a cold, winter day. Early darkness descended on snowy streets. Just few hours earlier I landed back from a youth camp in Switzerland. I was 15, happy to be given this opportunity to  see more of the world than just my East European town I grew in. Looking back...
If anything can go wrong it will

If anything can go wrong it will

Het was een doodgewone dag, 29 december. Bijna jaarwisseling en kerstvakantie. Ik had geen vrij maar toch liet ik me verleiden om deze middag naar de bioscoop te gaan met een groepje kinderen klasgenootjes van mijn zoon. Starwars zien! Voor mijn zoon was het al de 2e...