"Don't cry because it's over - Smile because it happened"
For 3 years Dubai was our Home.
It only took us less than a week to feel this way and I can tell you, it's a special feeling.
Feeling at home in a new country is hard work, physically and more so mentally - meeting new people, finding a new school, searching for a new house, where is the best, cheaper, nearest grocery store, new doctors, a whole lot of administrative work, unpacking box after box, finding new appliances, welcoming guest after guest after guest into our home, trying really hard to drive safely on the high way not to be killed (and succeeding), getting lost for the 4ooth time, adjusting to new rules and new cultures, honestly, the list is very long - but we took it all in and fully enjoyed our time here. We even celebrated our wedding here - big time!
But this is not a post to sum up our lives here - it's simply too much to share - but I will say this...
Dubai was great and good for us & we have met many lovely people - tears were shed, I can tell you that...
So yes, with a sad feeling in my heart I've said goodbye, but I know I take the photo's and memories of these 3 hectic yet truly wonderful years with me.
If you ever have the feeling to get on a plane and fly to this great city, don't doubt, just go and experience it for yourself!
For me - I just feel truly grateful that the four of us have experienced this country - so yes, we heart Dubai!
The city between the sea and the desert - you will always be a special place for us.
Reading books is one of my passions and daily habits - I love the magic of written words and diving into another world, simply by turning a page...
Social Media - the fickle beast many of us use, mostly on a daily basis. It can be Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Pinterest, or any other one - we all love to use them, day in and out... They're moments of our daily lives, shared in squares, brought to you in a feed.
So we scroll, we like and we keep on scrolling till something catches our eye...
Creating a home, away from home.
That was the tagline, my slogan, the red line I used when I started with a new blog project - The Moksi Homes. It was January 7, 2014. Things worked out completely different then I thought...
"Are you moving again?"
"How are the girls doing?"
"I don't know how you all are doing this... what about your children?"
"You are very adventurous..."
Questions. We get a lot of them, especially about how we do what we do - moving our family time after time. These questions about our lifestyle, or better said, the way we live our lives for the past fifteen years, are mostly stemmed from honest curiosity...
"Can Maureen come outside to play?" the little girl asked
"I think she already is outside" my father answered
"No daddy, I'm right here, behind the sofa..." I said
This scene happened many years ago but it's still etched in my brain. Big glasses, braids and always preferring to read a book inside, over playing outside in the cold Dutch weather. My father never saw me sitting on the floor that day, quietly tucked away between the sofa, completely in my own world.
Fast forward to today...
Three weeks ago, I was in my beloved Amsterdam. The city where I was raised, the city that always will have my heart. And yes, New York has won my heart as well - as have many more places in the world. But being back there made me realize again that, even after all these years of living abroad, Amsterdam is the one place where we all have family, roots, friends, and a house...
"Don't you know that every perfect life would mean the end of art?"
As a Squarespace user myself (I transferred a few months ago from Wordpress to Squarespace and never looked back), I was mesmerized that an actor/director/producer of his calibre would promote the making of a website. But here I was wrong...
For fourteen years, this nomadic lifestyle of ours has lead us on many different paths and roads.
The good thing is that we have learned (the hard way) to always make sure we have a house of our own. Eleven years ago we found another home - a white corner house near a small canal. The house will become available soon again - either for rent or potentially for sale...
When I read in June that Chip and Joanna Gaines where opening pre-orders for their book 'the Magnolia Story', I ordered 2 copies right away. As a big fan of their renovation show Fixer Upper on HGTV, I wanted to read more how they started their Magnolia business and became well known tv hosts, which changed their lives.
So - since I love to share what I love, I'm giving away one book!