And today? Today I just sat.

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It was a regular Wednesday in the third week of school. Slowly, but surely, we all got into our normal routine and in the rhythm of the ‘normal’ week. Husband went to work like usual, kids went to school, and their afterschool activities as piano, Robotics, soccer, cross country and fencing. And I? I make […]

The powerful role of play – let’s look at education from a different perspective.  

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Have you seen photos of the Google offices on the Internet? Did you feel a pang of envy? Beanbags, scooters, pool tables, putting greens, bright bold colors, sometimes even a slide. If you didn’t know any better, you probably thought you were looking at pictures of an upscale preschool. I tell you what I thought. […]

Line drying laundry as an easy way to reflect

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I pride myself in being ‘earth conscious’: having solar panels, and energy efficient appliances, doing composting and recycling, and during the summer I line-dry most of my laundry. There is something deeply satisfying about doing laundry that way: I plan it in the morning, so the laundry has all day to dry. That first morning […]

The strange sensation of losing my Dutch touch

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I started this blog, Double Dutch plus Three, a while ago to describe my experiences as a Dutch woman building up a life on an island in Maine. A month ago, I took my husband and my plus Three for a vacation to the Netherlands. As a person living far away from her family, I […]

When home is truly where the heart is

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One more sleep and we are off: on vacation as what often is referred to as ‘going back home’. This makes sense: we are from the Netherlands and that will be our vacation destination this year. Both sets of parents live in the Netherlands, as do siblings, relatives and friends. Does that make it home?Story […]

No lunch? No problem! A delicious home-made solution.

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It is summer on the island. This means loads of tourists in the down town area. This also means that you don’t want to go into town if you don’t have to, especially between 9am-9pm. Around 8 am, my husband noticed we were out of bread. I had done most of the groceries yesterday and […]

Got to eat your veggies!

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I remember the first time in the big US supermarket: the shiny apples, yellow bananas, tomatoes in different shapes and colors and then, those things. Big, green, yellow, orange, brown and everything in between. It looked like a fall display on a classroom table. Shaped like melons, pears, even a bit like a humongous acorn. […]