The main reason I took up blogging was to share my normal life abroad with others throughout the world. And to help nearby expats find their way. But now that I no longer live in a major city, I feel like I have nothing new to offer. I am out of touch with big events in Eindhoven, and things that happen near the village I live in are too small to involve the international community. But one thing I do have is 13 yrs of built up knowledge, so I can always fall back on that!
I think one of the neatest things that has happened to me through blogging was being contacted by a woman in Argentina who was going to move to The Netherlands. She had questions about elementary school and life here in general. We ended up emailing back & forth until she moved And the other day as we sat having coffee together, watching the kids play, I was just amazed that our new found friendship started from this small blog.
Since I am not class mom this year at school I feel like I have had less opportunities to help out the new moms in the area. But luckily my daughter is quite social and I met a few newbies recently. Actually have a couple new play dates (inc coffee for the moms) lined up.
I find it so fascinating to meet people from all over the world. To hear about what is normal to them, and share our cultures with each other. It's also amazing just how many people take that step and move abroad, far from what they understand or are comfortable with.
Must admit though, my move here was quite cushioned considering my American husband was raised here and spoke Dutch. And all of my in-laws are here. I take my hat off to those expats who move without that cushion... who knows, maybe one day that will be us too.
I'll close for now, and fingers crossed that I post again this month!
Bye! Dag! Adios! Namaste! Salut!