Ancestry test 

I never questioned my heritage. Both of my parents are Dutch and as I recall so are my grandparents and great grandparents.  Remarkably knowing your heritage was important to a great deal of my high school friends back home. It was a hot topic to many. The fact that a lot of them were kids…

Foreign language 

According to some of my native speaking American friends my written skills has improved since I started my blog last year. I can not judge myself on my written skills, but I do notice that my verbal skills have improved over the last three years. Especially my vocabulary has enlarged. For me the active forms…

Don’t sweat the small stuff 

If there would be a lesson in life, this trip really forces me to face the fact that life is too precious to take the good things in life for granted.  Nearly everyone dwells in the past at some point. That’s okay, but some people do it more often and are more likely to get…

The ‘authentic’ experience

A lot of people tend to look for an authentic trip. I have to admit, I am one of those. I write off entire countries or cities for being “too touristy”. Nowadays with the greatly increased tourism it’s getting harder and harder to find areas that are still authentic. Over the years I’ve been to…

Dragging Main

Growing up as a teen in the 80’s in Winfield, Kansas was a huge difference compared to being a teenager in Holland. The biggest contradiction was going out on Friday’s. Back in the late ’80’s Dutch teens were allowed to go to a bars and drink, but weren’t allowed to drive till they turned 18. While…

I’ve been proven wrong big time!!! 

To start with I’ve been communicating a lot with the lady I am having a home swap with. She is so incredibly nice. I think she one of the most hospitable people I’ve ever met. I have to admit that she’s original not from Chicago but for a small town in Kansas.  The last couple…

A hell of a job 

My parents divorced when I was 12 years old. My mom told me that one of the reasons they got divorced was my dad being gay.  My dad was never open about his sexuality till he introduced me to the man he was about to marry. Not the fact him being gay, but the way…