Researcher, Mother and traveler

This is me

I am Dutch and living in Tanzania. I am also a mother and working as a researcher. And lastly, I am a wife and I like traveling. All these contrasting parts make me to be me.

5 November 2010, early morning, Dusseldorf Airport. With a heart full of energy and motivation, I ran up the stairs towards the passport control leaving behind my family and friends in tears. I enter the small plane for a flight to Amsterdam, where I get on the big blue bird to Nairobi Airport. When we take off from Amsterdam, it is raining as usual and I am more than happy to leave that behind. During the flight, I think of the past years and I can’t wait to land in Nairobi. From there, I take another small local plane to Kilimanjaro. When leaving the plane at Kilimanjaro airport, I breath in the warm dusty sweating flowery air of Tanzania. I am home…a new life has started.

Born and raised in the Netherlands, I moved to Tanzania when I was 29 years old. I had money for three months to survive. Within those three months, I had to find a job. I managed as within a month, I had settled a job and found a small house. At the same time, I started a more-than-friendship with Ben, my former safari guide. Now, after 8 years, I am still coming across interesting sights, points of view, occasions, travels, instances etc that make me want to write. Being Dutch in Tanzania, a working mother and a traveling wife, makes life interesting and always new. At this blog, I hope to share with you what I spot in that life. Enjoy reading!!!