maartjevansandwijk

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How to Save Money as an Au Pair

When it comes to saving money, I go through periods where I save all my money followed by periods where I buy way too much stuff that I don’t need (mostly books). Here are some tips on how to save…

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Christmas Bucketlist

I only really started to like Christmas last year – and then I didn’t realise how much I was looking forward to it until it was almost time to leave England. This year, I’m way ahead of the game and…

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Monthly Update – November 2018

Let’s start with one of the very few things I actually did in November: NaNoWriMo. In October, I wrote a blog post on what it is,  but I basically tried to write a 50.000-word book in 30 days. And I…

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Clumber Park // Travel Diary

When I was visiting Nottinghamshire, I didn’t just go to Sherwood Forest. I also went to Nottingham (do not recommend) and Clumber Park (recommend!) Clumber Park is a beautiful estate that was once the seat of the Duke’s of Newcastle.…

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Vegan banana bread // Recipe

I’m not a big fan of bananas. There’s something about the texture that I just really hate. But I do like using them to bake. Whenever we have really ripe bananas that no one wants to eat, I bake them…

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Interview with Lisa // Au Pair Experiences

Another au pair, another interview. I’m really excited about this one because Lisa used to be au pair for the same family that I am with now! She was only here for a few months, but she still got to…

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How To Make Yourself Feel At Home

It can be scary to go to a foreign country and leave behind your family, friends, pets and all earthly possessions. You have to start all over, and while I just thought it was very exciting, I understand that it’s…

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When You Start to Forget your Native Language

It might sound weird, but after spending a year and a half in England, I find it easier to speak English than Dutch. Sometimes, when I’m talking to friends and family back home, I start a sentence in Dutch and…

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