One of the things that drove my attention when I came to live in the Netherlands was architecture. Quite different from my country, this place seems to reflect identity through the way houses are built. I learned about rijtjeshuis and bovenwoning (I live in one of these!). Architecture shapes a city, but who defines it? What are the stories behind those bricked walls that reproduce once and again? Reading about architecture in the Netherlands, brand-new research caught me. It was about women in Dutch architecture history.Read More »Dutch architecture: a women’s matter
Interviewing Florence Igboayaka on Google Meet
“The sea is deep and the world is wide! How I long to sail!” said a tiny snail. She hitched a lift on a whale.… Read More »JOIE YEN & THE CHAMELEON READER: AN EXPAT MOM REMAKING HER CAREER
When, as an expat, you start to think about having a baby in the Netherlands, it is a good idea first to acquaint yourself with… Read More »Pregnancy, birth and beyond: preparing yourself for birthing in the Netherlands
Should I give birth at home or in a hospital? Unlike most countries, you have a choice in the Netherlands.
Birthing is a beautiful physical, emotional and spiritual journey. Delft MaMa Nina shares her birthing experiences and describes how being aware about the various options… Read More »Should I give birth at home or in a hospital? Unlike most countries, you have a choice in the Netherlands.
Or, how I walked away from the dissatisfaction of a career as a researcher and lecturer towards my dream career as a doula and childbirth… Read More »Nina Bogerd: The remaking of my professional career and life in the Netherlands
Uprooting your life and moving abroad is often an isolating and all-consuming experience, no matter how many times you may have done it before. The highs are high, but the lows are sometimes lower than you could have ever fathomed.
Change is the only constant, as the trite cliche goes, but when life throws changes at you left and right, there’s little comfort to be found in dusty old cliches. That’s where I found myself before my conversation with Eva Amaral – weary and a tad emotionally disheveled after yet another move. Albeit, this time it was within the Netherlands, but far enough from Delft to register as a move away from “home.”
Little did I know that an interview in which I was supposed to be finding out about Eva’s coaching business was just what I needed to go back to the core of what I want. Because that’s what Eva does, with warmth, honesty and a gentle nudge – she helps her clients make sense of their values in the midst of topsy-turvy lives.
Next in our Delftian entrepreneur series, Delft MaMa Natalia Moreno sat down with Gemma Rubio, the energetic entrepreneur behind Define The Fine. Join us as Gemma talks about her business and how she strives for a healthy work-family balance, especially as a single mother.
Welcome to the first blog post after the summer hiatus! Caroline Kappers brings us a thought-provoking piece about choosing to have, not have, or stop having, children. Each couple’s choice is an extremely personal one, and I thank Caroline for being open about their choice. Grab a cup of your favorite beverage and happy reading. We look forward to hearing from you about this topic in the comments!