maartjevansandwijk

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Differences between England and the Netherlands

Having grown up in the Netherlands, there were a lot of things that I considered normal. And then I moved to England, where they do things differently. I love those differences, and they are part of what I like so…

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How to earn extra money as an au pair

Before I start talking about all the different ways you can earn extra money as an au pair, I want to make one thing clear: your priority should be with the host family and the kids. That’s your main job,…

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NaNoWriMo 2018

Read last year’s post about NaNoWriMo here! Only a few more days before it all starts. NaNoWriMo. I’ve been doing it for so many years, it’s a part of autumn now. It would just feel weird if I didn’t participate.…

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Day Trip to Bristol

A few weeks ago, the kids went camping so I decided this would be the perfect time to go away for the weekend as well. I had to be back in Aldershot on Saturday evening because of a birthday party…

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How to Travel on a Budget

I love to travel (chances are that you do too – if you’re an au pair). But let’s face it. The small salary you get for your work can make it harder to go to a lot of different places.…

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25 things I want to do before I turn 25

I’ve been seeing a lot of these videos on YouTube and thought it looked like fun. As of now, I still have a year and 8 months before I turn twenty-five. Plenty of time to get some things done. Some…

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Jane Austen’s House Museum in Chawton

This post has been a couple of months in the making, but here it finally is! I am a huge fan of Jane Austen’s work. Pride and Prejudice is one of my favourite books of all time. And I told…

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Things that will make you feel better

Whether it’s the autumn/winter blues or homesickness, everyone needs to lift their mood every once in a while. And there are a lot of ways to do this. Maybe you’re already doing some. You definitely don’t have to do all…

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What to tell your host family if things aren’t working out

You’ve been with your host family for a few weeks, and it’s been a nightmare. The kids don’t listen to you; the parents aren’t really helping by telling them to behave, and on top of that, you’re missing home. After…

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Places in the UK I want to visit

Travelling has turned into this thing that everyone does. If you go online, you won’t have to look far to find someone sharing cool places to visit, what hotels you should stay in and what you can do once you…

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Halloween Movie Night

I’m a huge fan of scary movies. Especially the really gory, slasher ones. And, since it’s autumn, and almost time for Halloween, this is the perfect time to watch all of them. We have about eighteen more days until it’s Halloween…

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