Wednesday, 12 August 2009
From Argentina to the Netherlands - for love!
Some time in 1998 my husband John and I met online, just like millions of other people that join social networks, chatrooms and message boards every hour around the world. John wanted to practice and improve his English (so of course, going online and finding an Argentinian girl was the logical thing to do, lol!) and I was looking for a penfriend to add to my list of international contacts. Someone from where? The Netherlands? Sure, why not! Let's see what life is like in this small country in Europe...
Little did we know!
We kept exchanging mails and chatting frequently for over two years. Cyber romance, though, was not on our minds - we were just pen friends... Until the new millenium arrived and everything changed when we least expected it! In the year 2000 we met in Argentina, and then again in 2001 here in The Netherlands.
From that moment on our whole lives were turned upside down! We realised we wanted to be together and figured the best way to do this. We got married in Argentina in April 2003 and I moved to Holland to start a new life... and 6 years later -I'm glad to report- I'm still here!!
My life in this country has not always been easy but by now I can say that I've finally got the hang of it and I am happily settled. I feel homesick sometimes, many times... but I try to get over this by keeping in touch everyday with my family and my friends back home.
In these six years I've been around the country quite a bit and I like what I've seen so far. The Netherlands might be small, but it surely is rich in gorgeous landscapes, quaint old little villages and modern big cities.
I've not only come to admire their beautiful little country, but I've also learned a lot from the Dutch people. They have a lot of determination and perseverance; they know how to overcome adversity together; they are hard-working, efficient and practical. They will rarely tell you something different from what they're really thinking, they're direct and speak their minds.
In this blog I intend to tell you things about The Netherlands and its people and to show you what my life is like far away from home. I will also show you my beautiful Argentina and the places I visit during my long stays there every year.
So, welcome and happy blog-reading!