Pff, I'm tired. I should be all energized from my leave and ready to get back into work. But maybe I am not. But just a couple texts from a friend already make such a difference. And while I am heating up some tomato soup and cutting up my own mini-tomatoes, my guard walks buy.... Continue Reading →
Leave your native country, your relatives, and your father's family, and go to the land that I will show you...I will bless you... and you will be a blessing to others. Genesis 12:1-2 I got a text today from a dear friend with these words. She didn't know that just five minutes before I had... Continue Reading →
"I have born 10 children," she says, "7 of them are alive." The oldest is only a month older than I am. "So I can be your Pokot mother." She tells about her latest. Died in the womb at 9 months. Induced labour. The whole thing. In the middle of nowhere. I walk passed the... Continue Reading →
Miles and miles of sandy, rocky roads. Bumpy and unlivable. Miles and miles of roads through green patches of fresh grass fueled by the first April rains. Alive and hopeful. Contrast. Just a few miles. You don't have to drive that far to see the differences. Both types are present. Areas with water. Areas without... Continue Reading →
Work life has now really started. The office has more people walking around again and my tasks are getting more concrete. I will go out into the field this week to, so if there are no more blogs until Saturday, bear with me! I'll be writing, but simply with pen and paper. So before this... Continue Reading →
Take a moment and just keep silent. What do you hear? Take a moment and just look around. What do you see? I just moved to a new country. Everything is new. The people, the views, the surroundings and the roads. It’s all different. The first few days are always tiring. Simply because there is... Continue Reading →
It still feels surreal. It hasn't quite sunken in yet. I am leaving for East Africa soon. To a place where there is hunger. People are starving. To a place where there is war and never peace. People are on the run. In the news, they are talking about millions of people that don't have food.... Continue Reading →
Yesterday I wrote about warm memories from watching an old episode of Little house on the Prairie. After another day of meetings to prepare for my job with ZOA Uganda. On the way home I was thinking about other memories of my childhood and how they relate to point I have reached today. I started up my laptop to write this blog about three hours ago, but in the mean time I watched the news filled with post-election analyses and talked with my family about all matters travel, family and politics.
Today is the day. It's time to say it out loud. I am a little nervous about posting this blog. I keep browsing through old photo's that I took in Tanzania a couple years ago. East Africa. It's getting real again. Goodbyes are getting closer. Preparations more intense. I have been teasing readers of my blog a couple times already. I don't want to postpone the news any longer. It's time to share more about the adventure that is coming up with you all. In a couple weeks I am going to move to a new country for a year and start my working life as an aid worker. More specifically I am moving to Uganda to work as trainee Program Adviser for a year. A new phase, a new adventure and whole new life is waiting for me.