How To Deal With Homesickness

“I felt a pang — a strange and inexplicable pang that I had never felt before.” – Alan Bradley Moving abroad is really scary. You’re alone in a new place where you don’t know anyone.…

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Bath // Travel With Me

“Oh, who can ever be tired of Bath?” – Jane Austen As I’m writing the beginning of this blog post, I’m sitting in a Starbucks in Bath. And I feel fantastic. This city might just be my…

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Escape to the Mountains – Peak District

As I said in my travel diary of North Yorkshire, I came to the Peak District a day early. And I left four days early. I wasn’t in a great mood when I got there,…

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How do you live with a host family?

It can be really hard to live with a family that you’re not related to. Every family has their own way of doing things (and annoying little habits. You have to get used to those.…

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Camping in Penzance

When I first told people I was going to go camping, they all looked at me in complete shock. And I get why. I’ve never really been one for sleeping in a tent. I did…

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Gift Ideas for Your New Host Family

Last year around this time, I was already getting stuff together for my Au Pair year (even though I didn’t actually move to England until the end of August). Part of that was finding suitable…

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What To Ask Potential Families In An Interview

The dreaded Skype-call. Every au pair has to do it. And I can still remember how nervous I was for all of them. I’m already awkward enough on the phone with people I know. How…

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Canterbury and the White Cliffs of Dover

I’m so lucky that my host mum is a teacher because that means my summer holidays started a couple of weeks earlier than those of other au pairs. At first, I was going to stay…

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English Habits I’ve Picked Up Over the Past Year

I never really thought English culture was that different from the Netherlands. But, after a year in England, I have noticed a couple of different ones, and I have also picked up a couple of…

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One year as an Au Pair: How I Have Changed

Today is the last day of my first year as an au pair. It’s been a crazy, wonderful ride and I can’t believe it’s already over. I’m also very glad that I made the decision…

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Advice for First-Time Au Pairs

I have officially survived my first year as an au pair. And while I didn’t really have any problems with homesickness or adjusting to a new country and didn’t have a crazy host family, I…

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