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August 13th, 2016 - 08:10 § in Family

Getting used to your home country…

“Bye Simon!”, “see you tomorrow Simon!, “hi there Simon!” my heart leaps as I hear how Simon is waved goodbye by his classmates after his first week at school. One of the most foundational conditions to work effectively abroad is that your kids do well. The children are[...]

August 12th, 2016 - 14:05 § in Family

The Netherlands in 2016: What’s New!?

It has been two years since we’ve spend a prolonged time in the Netherlands. It is remarkable to see how fast our country changes! What struck us the most? Swaying cars, stranges bikes and technological development.[...]

April 14th, 2016 - 14:40 § in Family

Maria & Simon in the Senegalese jungle

Our journey to the far south of Senegal was a true adventure for Maria and Simon. Highlight of the 15 hour boat trip was enjoying the jumping and tumbling dolphins that accompanied the boat. The region is very green and fertile with lots of fruit trees. The kids soon found out that mango trees make [...]

October 5th, 2015 - 08:46 § in Family

Swimming lessons in Dakar

Dakar is a peninsula, and just like “Holland Waterland” it is important to know how to swim. Swimming lessons however are not easy to be found… Maria joined the sport center for a while, but when 20 children swim laps one by one, there’s not much advancements. And when you see your child shi[...]

July 20th, 2015 - 20:21 § in Family

Summer holiday!

10 things Maria enjoyed most last school year: Chatting with her Best Friend in class (until they were separated) Having an unannounced test (no time to be nervous) Collecting all kind of random waste at the school playground[...]

May 19th, 2015 - 17:34 § in Family

We’ve moved!

It is with gratitude that we show you some pictures of our new home! We moved in a rush, totally unplanned and very disorganized, but thanks to the help of friends and our C&MA team it still was successful and fun day![...]

April 3rd, 2015 - 19:27 § in Family

When the roof falls on your head …

On Sunday, March 8th Tabitha and the kids got the shock of their lives. While Simon was lying asleep, and Maria and Tabitha down were playing downstairs, the ceiling of the study came down with much force. This room is next to Simon’s bedroom, so Tabitha ran upstairs to snatch Simon out of bed[...]

March 24th, 2015 - 20:02 § in Family

On camels and birds: discovering the north of Senegal

To Maria sitting on the back of the car on a bumpy dirt road is actually more fun than riding a camel. There is much to explore in the north of Senegal. While driving, we see shepherds with large herds of cows, sheep, goats and camels. We have to watch out for crossing donkeys, they […][...]

December 19th, 2014 - 14:05 § in Africa, Family

A yellow Christmas

From a dusty Dakar, we wish you a merry Christmas and a happy and healthy 2015! The desert winds (Harmattan) are blowing, covering the city in a thin layer of yellow dust. Some days the sun is barely visible because of the sand clouds. At home we can daily sweep heaps of sand from the […][...]

August 5th, 2014 - 19:51 § in Family

What’s new?? The Netherlands after 3 years.

In the past three years, a lot has changed in The Netherlands. A selection from the series surprises of a Dutch African: Everyone seems to have bought a new bike in the past two years; including a front carrier…  Your style is now defined by your flower basket, crate of beer or wooden boxR[...]

Familie Kieviet in Senegal