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74. The first time…

Lavinia, Wednesday September 8, 2021 Time flies here like a raging whirlwind through Lavinia. Guests who stay here for fourteen days or even longer, suddenly seem to go home very quickly. Every now and then I even ask for confirmation whether they actually stayed here for the full 14 days. I have to admit that…

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8 September 2021

73. Birthday girls @Lavinia

Lavinia, Friday, August 27, 2021 It’s the party week! We could celebrate birthdays for three consecutive days. Wim shot the scoop on Wednesday. The day before we had planned a day off to enjoy a day of we-time with the two of us. Somehow we seem to have such a hard time planning such days…

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28 August 2021

72. The unpredictability of Lavinia

San Vicente del Raspeig, August 6, 2021 One thing is predictable here… the unpredictability. Let it be quintessentially Spanish, or maybe it’s just the life we lead. Like every week, we take a day out to get away from our paradise completely. It may sound paradoxical, but it is unbelievably good to let go of…

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6 August 2021

71. Family-time @ Lavinia

Alicante, July 10 – July 18, 2021 We’ve been looking forward to it for almost two years…and finally our kids are here, and our little Liv! The first time they see Lavinia in real life. To be honest, it made me a little nervous… Last month we had a full house, full of wonderful guests,…

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17 July 2021

Ana’s blog

Lavinia, zaterdag June 19, 2021 I still have to get rid of him, my egg. It is to say: the story about ‘My Egg’. Until now, we had always arranged everything with priority for our guests, while originally – before winter – we planned to make our own place a bit more comfortable. Now that…

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19 June 2021

69. Bulgarian Roses

Alicante, Thursday 3 June 2021 The long-awaited text message arrived on Friday! It is our turn to be vaccinated. Together, on the same day, Wim and I. Happy as a child, because honestly I was really looking forward to it. Soon it will happen, within exactly one hour they will put our shot. It will…

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4 June 2021

68. Ready? Go!!

Lavinia, Saturday, May 15, 2021 We now seem to be fully in the starting blocks of the new season. We already made a “false start” a few times, that is to say: we occasionally had guests for a few nights, but after that another time passed without guests. Until now we did not have the…

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16 May 2021

67. From “pelirrojo” to “dumb blonde”

Alicante, Saturday, May 1, 2021 Labor Day, also a day off in Spain. So it may be a lighter story today. I’ve always had a strange relationship with my hair. It always wants to live its wayward life. First of all, it’s ultra-fine, and as stylish as it gets. Can’t do much do with it,…

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2 May 2021

66. And the winner is…

Lavinia, April 12, 2021 Since moving to Spain, it seems that we are constantly living with deadlines and emotional ups and downs. We lived a life of at least 10 years in the past two years. It seems so, because we experience so many things. Sometimes we can barely follow it, sometimes it’s so overwhelming,…

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13 April 2021

2880 minute rollercoaster

Lavinia, Friday, March 12, 2021 After writing my previous blog, I knew for sure: I would fly to Belgium. It took some doing, because I mainly wanted to do it by the book. This meant that I had a lot of research work and a lot to arrange. The intention was to mentally say goodbye…

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12 March 2021

Primal instinct

Lavinia, February 25, 2021 Today little Liv was to be born… It is a frustrating thought that I cannot hold her, smell her sweet baby scent. All thanks to that nasty world enemy n ° 1. And of course because we live so far away … Lavinia-Belgium distance  I don’t know if I could survive…

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25 February 2021

When Ana becomes Granny Nude

Lavinia, Wednesday, February 3, 2021 What preceded… Blog : Granny Nude Today it is going to happen !! I generally sleep very little, or actually, I go to sleep very early, and get up very early. That usually means around 4. At night, indeed… 😉 Normally my mobile is not on. But for the last week…

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5 February 2021

It’s always spring…

Lavinia, Sunday, January 31, 2021 “… In the eyes of the dental assistant”, who still knows that number? From Peter de Koning, that’s how Google tells me 😉.   It is strange, but somehow it turns out to be just like that over here. The past few days we have real summer temperatures. And I…

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31 January 2021

Our own bubble …

Lavinia, Friday, January 22, 2021 For the first time in roughly 3 years, we had the chance to completely ‘disconnect’ from Lavinia. And that thanks to the generosity of Comunidad Valencia. They are doing an incredible gesture to revive tourism in their region, in a very original way. Every permanent resident of the Region of…

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24 January 2021

60. A new year, new opportunities

Saturday, January 2, 2021 Strangely, this is the first time I have to write the new date, always takes a while getting used to. Getting used to that “figure one” that I suddenly have to change often when I get stuck again in the previous year, getting used to the fact that once again a…

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4 January 2021

So cozy

Lavinia, Monday December 21, 2020 Today we would normally spend our first morning in Belgium with our good friends. It would have been the start of  a happy reunion, cuddling, laughing, talking and reminiscing with friends, family, children. For the first time I would have seen my daughter pregnant, caressed lovingly and in amazement at…

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21 December 2020

Dark days

Lavinia, Tuesday, December 8, 2020 A candle burns constantly in the house, rather a large candle. Not for fun this time. Even though I love to light a candle and enjoy the atmosphere that radiates, this time it has a higher purpose. Call it superstition if necessary – whatever it may be – but for…

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8 December 2020

Piranha alert

Lavinia, Wednesday 23 September 2020 Because it is very quiet here -of course- we finally managed to go snorkelling last week. This had been on my wish list for weeks, and we had tried several times to go, but until last week we had never succeeded. Because August in Spain is the main holiday month…

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23 September 2020

Today red is just love between you and me again (*)

Lavinia, Saturday 5 September 2020 An hour ago the last guests left for the time being, back in the direction of Belgium. It was a very dual feeling, because this is way too early in the year. Presumably our season, and that of all accommodations in Spain, is already over. September should have been our…

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8 September 2020

Granny ‘Nude’

Alicante, 26 July 2020 This is my 50th article already ! It’s a bit of an anniversary blog, so to speak. I’d like to dedicate it to Joke. This article is a very special one, because I am writing it now, whereas I will only put it online in September. But because I don’t want…

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26 August 2020

Robby Senior reanimated

Lavinia, Thursday 6 August 2020 Just before the start of the second opening, after the lockdown, our faithful four-legged friend, Robby, the swimming pool robot, had given it the bride and groove. Well, not completely, but he turned out to have a very hard time working more than 10 minutes in one piece. Of course…

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6 August 2020

The fickle side of Lavinia

Alicante, Wednesday 22 July 2020 I might call it a fickle side, but actually it’s more the unpredictability of life that we live here. Incalculability that I couldn’t deal with at all in the past, and that I’m just letting myself be led by now. I don’t care. It’s a new way of life that…

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23 July 2020

Disfrutar es un arte (Enjoying is an art)

Lavinia, Wednesday 1 July 2020 Life in Lavinia has returned to its normal course. The guests find their way back to us, both from the north and from Spain itself. Wim’s efforts to make us known in the Spanish landscape have clearly paid off. People who drive a maximum of 1 hour, will find what…

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3 July 2020

Icarus

Lavinia, Saturday 13 June 2020 Tired, but also very satisfied, we recovered from the first week when we were able to welcome guests again. After months of yearning for people around us, last Friday it was finally here. And as strange as it may sound, again it was a rush against time to make everything…

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14 June 2020

Wake me up when it is all over…

Lavinia, saturday 23 may 2020   Last Monday we finally entered phase 1 of the de-escalation plan! Normally, each phase would take at least two weeks, but not so. It was a great relief that we could open up again. However, it took a lot of effort to find out what conditions were attached to…

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24 May 2020

Phase 1 -1 = 0

San Vicente Del Raspeig, Saturday 9 May 2020 The night watch is on the road again. Already from 3 o’clock last night I’m turning on and on again in bed, and I can’t get back to sleep. And, as my loyal followers know, this is my most creative moment to write. Well, creative might be…

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9 May 2020

A positive strife

Lavinia, Sunday 26 April 2020 This week we finally had other people around us than just the two of us. It was a sheer relief to be able to talk to someone else again. About ten days ago, certain professional categories were admitted to work again. These were mainly in the construction sector. And our…

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27 April 2020

False negative…

Spain, Friday 17 April 2020 You don’t think it’s possible. Early this week the results came in from the corona tests at mom’s residential care center. Mom tested negative. Good news you’d think, but nothing could be further from the truth. Not in Belgium, not in the fucking country that makes one mistake after another…

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17 April 2020

When Mommy becomes a grade…

Lavinia, Tuesday 7 April, 2020 Corona has come closer than ever. But not in the way people have been worried about us lately. Spain seems to become pretty much the doomsday device where real horror stories emerge. That’s the impression I get here. Apparently people keep hammering figures, and trends in the figures are not…

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9 April 2020

All days Sunday…

San Vicente del Raspeig, 29 March 2020   Lately we are constantly getting messages from people who are worried how we are doing, here in Spain. It’s very heart-warming to receive messages from people you haven’t heard from for a long time, or from guests who have been here before, or even have yet to…

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30 March 2020

The escape from ‘Egypt*’ (*Lavinia)

Spain, Friday 20th March 2020 It has become strangely quiet in Lavinia. You don’t hear anything there anymore, except the sounds of nature. Nowhere anymore a car that stops, or a gate that is slid open, or people on the street. You hardly see any traffic on the highway in the distance anymore. It’s dead,…

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21 March 2020

The power of Corona

Lavinia, Saturday 14 March 2020, 2:30 a.m.   Humo : It’s got a hold on me, too. Weather you like it or not, you get sucked into the mass hysteria created around Corona. I thought it was a little exaggerated. A media that makes people crazy and anxious. Is it justified? I don’t know. Who…

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15 March 2020

The final race

Lavinia, Thursday 5 March 2020 It’s another hectic final sprint to get everything ready in time for the first guests to arrive on Saturday. Is it ever different? Even though we were closed for 4 months, and barely took any time for ourselves, it turns out that time always catches up with us. But I’m…

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5 March 2020

Famous Flemish people

Lavinia, Friday 7 February 2020   This week and last week we appeared twice in the Flemish press with Lavinia, following the Award we won in January. Radio 2, the national radio, had approached us to give an interview, asking if they could write an article on their website at the regional news and talk…

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9 February 2020

The countdown…

Lavinia, Friday 7th february 2020 In exactly one month we will receive our new guests again, and we are looking forward to it incredibly. The fact that we have regular contact with a number of guests via social media, and the nice reactions to messages Wim posts on FB or Instagram, as well as on…

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7 February 2020

Bubbles and sunshine, it’s called being happy…

Lavinia, Monday 27 January 2020 Since a few weeks there is a major work going on here. As I wrote earlier, the wall in the driveway had to be repaired because of the risk of collapsing. Several causes have brought the wall out of balance, causing heavy cracks and tears. First of all, it turns…

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30 January 2020

Lavinia, one year later… the crowning glory of our work…

Wednesday 15 January 2020 Part 1, Wednesday 11 a.m. We moved to Spain 1 year ago to welcome our new baby, Lavinia. It has become an incredible rat race in which we have been far from sitting still. When I look back on that past year, it’s actually quite exceptional what mountains we’ve moved.  Five…

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19 January 2020

Good intentions

Lavinia, Friday 10 January 2020 Early this morning at 5 o’clock we woke up brutally by the alarm ringing loudly. At first we thought there were burglars in the villa that is annexed with our alarm system, so the adrenaline shot sky high. Wim put on his bathrobe to go and have a look, but…

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13 January 2020

Feliz Navidad !

Bruges, 27 December 2019 – Beveren, 28 December 2019 We are 10 days on the road now, on the road in Belgium, in our homeland, which is actually not our homeland anymore. It is a strange, trivial experience. When we landed in Zaventem, it was dark and grey, and we both felt we wanted to…

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31 December 2019

Christmas time

Lavinia, 10 December 2019   Here we go again, as usual in the middle of the night, when I can’t get a good night’s sleep. For then my thoughts go in all directions, and my fantasies begin to turn into words. Despite the fact that we have ‘holidays’, we remain busy. It seems as if…

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10 December 2019

Salud! To old and new friendships !

San Vicente del Raspeig, Monday 18/11/2019 Lavinia is closed for a few months, so that means extra time for ourselves, for other urgent things, and above all to tighten ties with friends and family. I thought my 50th birthday was an excellent opportunity to invite some of my best friends to celebrate together, here in…

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18 November 2019

Intercontinental

Lavinia, Sunday 3 November 2019 I am very proud to announce that last week we welcomed and waved out our first intercontinental guests. Apparently it was a couple that was following Nakedwanderings, and had read our review ( Review NakedWanderings ). They were very charmed, and wanted to fly over to Lavinia no matter what….

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5 November 2019

Adieu Marieke

Lavinia, Wednesday 23 October 2019   Wheelemia, Marieke Vervoort passed away yesterday, after euthanasia…. I felt a shock through my whole body when I heard the news. I didn’t know her personally, never met her, unfortunately. It was common knowledge, and she never made a secret of it, that she wanted to commit euthanasia when…

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23 October 2019

El Viaje, Fasten you’re seatbelts

Somewhere in the airspace between Spain and Belgium Thursday, 10 October 2019 It’s just incomprehensible, once, only a few years ago I was like death for flying. I was in a constant state of panic from about 24 hours before the flight, until the moment of landing, and then the whole process began again with…

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12 October 2019

Invasión de mosquitos (mosquito plague)

San Vicente del Raspeig, Monday 30 September 2019 Due to the abundant rain of the Gota fría, the soil and the air are very humid. Let that now be the ideal conditions for insects to develop. Especially the mosquitoes and the last few days also the flies are present in large numbers, pertinent even. It…

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Gota Fría – code red

San Vicente del Raspeig, 16 September 2019   The last few days it has often been in the news that the southeast of Spain was hit by heavy storms with lots of rain and thunderstorms. As a result, several villages were flooded last week, schools were closed as a preventive measure, hundreds of people were…

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24 September 2019

Dormitorio con vistas

Lavinia, Sunday 1 September 2019 It seems like a long time since I sat behind my keyboard again. Too long in fact, but so much has happened in recent weeks because we had a few ‘Bv’s’ (famous Flemish people) to visit, and because we almost constantly occupy all the villas. So this is just good…

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4 September 2019

Doberman y el fotógrafo

Lavinia, August 13th 2019,   I strongly suspect the Spanish authorities that they are manipulating the clock, or at least the speed with which it is running. And I’m not the only one who notices that. All guests who come here have the same experience; time just flies by. It seems as if the days…

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13 August 2019

Rico sin dinero

San Vicente del Raspeig, Tuesday, July 23, 2019 In the last week of our holiday, one of our best friends unexpectedly came to stay for a few days. The same friend who was with us at Easter and then unfortunately had the full three days of rain. Fortunately it was different this time and the…

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Las Palmeras

San Vicente del Raspeig, Sunday July 14, 2019, 4.00 am In the meantime, we have been on leave for a week. As usual, it looked completely different from what we had planned, and what I had expected. The only thing that went as expected was the two visits to friends. On the one hand there…

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23 July 2019

Vacaciones en España

San Vicente del Raspeig, July 6, 2019 It is Saturday morning, 6 o’clock, and as so often the early morning, which for many people is still in the middle of the night, is the ideal time for me to write. Nature is beginning to wake up, I hear the rooster crowing, the birds timidly shouting…

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8 July 2019

San Joan

España, June 24, 2019 While San Joan is being celebrated here in Spain, meaning the beginning of the summer, we have our first official week with guests done with. And what a week! We would never have dreamed that it would be so fantastic. Thanks to our last-minute offer, we suddenly occupied 2 villas instead…

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27 June 2019

Gran apertura

Lavinia, June 1, 2019 We have lived and worked for months to yesterday, and countless other people with us. It was often a race against time, but we met the deadline. Punctually at 6 pm we were dressed and welcomed our guests. Up to the last minute, together with our dearest friends Mieke, Ann and…

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2 June 2019

The garden of Eden

Spain, Sunday 26 May 2019, 3.30 a.m. While everyone in Belgium is getting ready to vote, I currently experience Belgium in a very different way. My best friend has been here for three weeks to introduce me to her unique cooking skills. In addition, she has years of experience in running a small-scale hotel in…

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30 May 2019

Bulgarian roses

Spain, May 14, 2019 On Saturday evening we received an unexpected message from a Bulgarian couple that was looking for a place to sleep for one night the next day. They were supposed to land in Alicante and had found our resort on the internet. Despite the fact that we only open on June 15…

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16 May 2019

Vamos a Belgica

Spain, Wednesday, May 8, 2019 After a long doubt, we finally took the plane to Belgium last week. And only for two nights. Traveling with just a small backpack and a laptop gives a strange feeling, but also an enormous freedom. We had only announced our two-day stay to parents and children and the friends…

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13 May 2019

Semana Santa

Easter, Sunday, April 21, 2019 Here in Spain Easter is celebrated exuberantly, especially in the week before, the Semana Santa. There are numerous processions in colourful robes with pointed hats and brass bands playing custom music in the atmosphere of the subject depicted around the suffering of Christ. Traditionally, the week starts on Palm Sunday…

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24 April 2019

Dos Hermanos

Spain, 7 April 2019 This Wednesday my twin brothers arrived in Lavinia. They are the first to test our accommodation. It was a huge stress for me to get their house ready. Because in the last few days quite a lot had to be done ; painting, assembling furniture, and especially cleaning. The only problem…

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8 April 2019

Goodbye to a friend…

España, Sunday, March 24, 2019 This week we made the decision, although with a great deal of regret. We can’t give Amigo a good home and upbringing, so he’s social enough once there are guests. And so we brought him back to the neighbour so she can give him a good home. The past 14…

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26 March 2019

Gepetto, Cowboy and Macho man

Spain, Sunday, March 10, 2019 The past week was pretty eventful, I must say. And then each time with a number of unexpected things that will cost us extra money, and that nobody could predict. The week actually started very well, because the planning of the works is very far ahead. For example, it was…

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El coche, 7529 KTV

Spanje, zondag 3 maart 2019 Since Friday our mini bus has become Spanish. Import into Spain has been arranged, thanks to Wim and our gestor. Proudly yesterday Wim picked up the new Spanish license plate. I think it has something. We are becoming more and more integrated. I also feel very much at home here,…

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‘Los Vecinos’, unexpected encounters

San Vicente, Thursday 31 January 2019 Meanwhile, we live two full weeks in Spain, our own ‘mountain’ as we call it so badly. It looks like it never was different. It seems like we were always here, as if there had never been another, previous life. It feels so home already, all fears – if…

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Viva España

Spain, Monday, January 21, 2019 The first week here in our new home has flown by. The ride to here we have happily done a slow pace, because the second day I fell ill. Abdominal cramps, enormous fatigue, giddy, in short miserable feeling. The result was that I could not drive and Wim had to…

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D-day

Beveren, Saturday, january 12th, 2019 It is 4.00 a.m. in the morning. Unfortunately, I spent a short night there again. I enjoy the last day in Schoofland, in Beveren, now for 23 years my home, my nest. It does strange to sit here in an empty room with only a folding table and two chairs,…

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Farewell to the Poppies *

Saturday, December 22, 2018 The last days were quite emotional. Gradually comes the realization that I leave a lot of people with whom I have built up a friendship bond for the last year and a half. And that in fact in a quite relatively short period. I could never imagine beforehand that a change…

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Farewell to the Poppies *

The last days were quite emotional. Gradually comes the realization that I leave a lot of people with whom I have built up a friendship bond for the last year and a half. And that in fact in a quite relatively short period. I could never imagine beforehand that a change in working environment could…

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28 December 2018

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