Good Times in Gouda

I found a great pedal bike for H on marktplaats that needed to be picked up in Gouda. If we were going to make the 20-min drive to pick up the bike I thought we should pop into the city center and see what we could find. In full disclosure, I’ve made some amazing friends who help […]

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Paper Goods Projects // Book Review

It is rainy season here in Holland. Rain means we spend more time than I would like inside the house! Paper Goods Projects arrived just in time to try to tame our inside boredom [60 crafts, 112 pages]. The projects are simple and patterns are provided. I let the kids flip through the book to decide on […]

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Expat Emergencies

We’ve had a run of bad lucky lately around here. In the course of a month we have endured the breaking of an  iPhone, a computer, a car, a train and a baby. I’m really hoping we are done. Here though is a run-down of how we weathered the storm and the lessons to be learned […]

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De Pannenkoekenboot

One rainy Sunday we boarded the pancake boat for a cruise departing out of Rotterdam. This is a perfect activity for a family to enjoy together. The boat leaves from the dock just beside the Euromast tower. There is plenty of metered street parking and a paid parking lot attached to the docks. We boarded […]

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WWII with Toddlers: Westerbork Transit Camp

(Otherwise known as the time we took our toddlers to a WWII deportation camp.) One of the challenges of family travel is balancing kid and adult interests. Typically, we do a great job of hitting highlights for Jeff and me while keeping the kids engaged. This is not one of those trips. I take some responsibility. […]

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Day Trip to Antwerp with Kids

The fall here has been amazing. We have been trying to milk every last good weather day while we can. One Saturday, with blue skies overhead we boarded the train from Delft through Rotterdam to Antwerp. In Rotterdam you can change to the Thalys, a more expensive but faster option to get to Antwerp. You […]

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Sinterklaas as an Expat

This morning we biked the kids down to the market square to see Sinterklaas arrive. I’ve been working on how to approach this whole Sinterklaas experience. It is a huge part of living here in the Netherlands. It also makes me feel icky. You see, Sinterklaas’s helpers, all named Pete, are in blackface. I just can’t […]

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Me & Mine Linkup – November 2015

This month I have two delightful photos that show exactly what it is like to travel with a one and a three-year old. Although they are generally well behaved on our trips, getting a family photo has been impossible. The three-year old has taken to hiding his face. The poor person we’ve asked to take […]

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Day Trip to Muiden

You’ve probably never heard of the adorable Dutch town of Muiden. I certainly had not before my husband suggested a quick day-trip to this city outside of Amsterdam. Muiden has played an integral part in the defense of Amsterdam for centuries and is now a perfect day-trip that affords you small-town charm, a stunning castle […]

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