Why I still love teaching, even after the worst start I've ever had.

Since August 9th, I am back at teaching (my own classroom) again. Although it’s been a very bumpy start I love what I do. It’s not anyone’s mistake, I simply got hired very late, because my Dutch teaching license still had to get approved for teaching in the U.S. Because of all this, I missed... Read more »

It would have been your 29th birthday...

It’s the day before my sister would have turned 29. I’ve been feeling it all day. It’s a feeling I can’t quite describe. I don’t want to go to bed, because if I do, and I wake up, the day is there. It will even be more than halfway gone in the Netherlands. That’s why... Read more »

Why I was very grumpy packing for my long needed vacation.

Why I was very grumpy packing for my long needed vacation.
Preparing for a great trip should bring someone happiness, you would think. Of course there’s always a bit stress too, but that’s how it should be. Somehow going on a trip just doesn’t make me feel happy today. I was very grumpy, and I had no clue why. Until I starting thinking about why going... Read more »
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Interview with Lyndsay Hartman from Point to Point Kane County.

A few months ago, while I was scrolling through my Facebook posts, one particular message caught my eye. I had just lost my sister to liver cirrhosis (cause still not a 100% clear, but I am sure the drugs, over-the-counter medication and alcohol she used for years didn’t helped her in any way with this),... Read more »

Hotel Aurora (1917) - Aurora, Illinois

Ever since I set foot in this building, on March 6th of 2014, I fell in love with this gorgeous building. I can only imagine what happened inside these walls (If these walls could talk…). Hotel Aurora was the first large hotel, that was constructed from 1916 to 1917. It was opened on July 14th... Read more »

I still miss you so much - In loving memory of my aunt, 5 years later.

Although it’s five whole years ago, I still miss my aunt very much. I am sure this feeling will never go away. I still miss the conversations we had, the walks in nature, the way she really listened to me, without judging. She simply was always there. Although she forget herself sometimes. I still cry... Read more »

PI Day - A day the Dutch should be proud of, but probably don't even realize.

Who knew that Ludolph van Ceulen (1540-1610), who spent a major of his life calculating PI, was actually the son of Hester de Roode and Johannes van Ceulen? He was a German-born Dutchman!  He calculated the 35 digits of PI in 1600, after Greek mathematician Archimedis had calculated that PI was less than 3 1/7... Read more »

The Old Central Fire Station (1894) - Aurora, Illinois

This beautiful former Fire House, has been on my list of buildings to write an article about, ever since March 2015. I passed this gorgeous building for five years. For some reason, I never made it in there, until it finally all worked out, on Thursday March 8. I really wanted to take my boys... Read more »

The story of our 3rd muttketeer, Leandros and his former shelter: Gouves Animal Shelter on Crete.

Since January 5th, we are the proud owners of our third rescue dog ‘Leandros’. We now have three muttketeers! I love them all equally, although they are very different from each other. The first time I saw Leandros, was online. He was at the same shelter as our dog, Koukia came from. A friend of... Read more »

Road Trip from Seattle to San Diego ~ part 6: San Diego.

I’ll describe our trip day by day, while highlighting important cities, lovely campgrounds, cool landmarks, great restaurants and of course fun things to do with kids. My boys are 8 and 12 and they are used to traveling long distances. Flying from Chicago to Seattle was very short, compared to the annual trip we make... Read more »