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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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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On Holiday in North Yorkshire

“Cold and damp, that’s how the southerners see the North.” – Game of Thrones Cold and damp. That’s the best way to describe how I felt camping in Helmsley, North Yorkshire. During the day, the…

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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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What and how to pack for a year abroad

So, you have decided to go abroad for a year. It doesn’t matter whether you are going to go to school, travel or live with a family (like I am). You have to pack everything…

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A weekend in Stratford-Upon-Avon

May half-term started with a bank holiday and the host mum and kids gone to Dorset. I decided to go to Stratford-Upon-Avon for a few days. The original plan was that I would drive there…

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