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Living and working in New York City has been an amazing experience. In our six years there we lived and breathed the city from within and made many close friendships with locals. Whether true New Yorkers or people who, like us, had come to the city from many other parts of the world.

On top of that our two beautiful daughters were born in New York and starting a family of your own makes you feel even more at home. Needless to say I have fallen in love head over heals with New York, its people, vibrancy, colors, beauty and ugliness too. In 2009 we returned to the Netherlands – for various reasons – and settled in Rotterdam, or ‘Manhattan on the Maas’ as we sometimes call it referring to Rotterdam’s innovative architecture.

Life in Europe could not be more different from life in the US and yet there are aspects in which the two meet. This blog is about my search for ‘the American’ in Europe and ‘the European’ in America.

8 Comments leave one →
  1. Nancy Cheung permalink
    February 23, 2010 5:05 pm

    Hi Marrika,
    Couldn’t agree more on your New York City experience! I hope I can visit Rotterdam someday very soon!
    I like you blog very much, Keep writing!

  2. helena permalink
    March 2, 2010 5:29 am

    Hi Marrika

    So nice to find your blog! Once a New Yorker, always a New Yorker!
    Look forward to hearing more of your adventures and updates on the girls!

    • March 2, 2010 6:25 pm

      Once a New Yorker, always… I like that! Nice to hear from you, Helena – i hope all is well!

  3. Rodney Bedsole permalink
    March 2, 2010 5:23 pm

    Hi Marrika,

    The blog is excellent! I love the concept. I look forward to many more hours of reading.


    • March 2, 2010 6:23 pm

      Thanks, Rodney, glad you like it! I have fun writing it too. Big hug!

  4. Trish Hannahoe permalink
    March 23, 2010 3:50 pm

    Marrika —
    LOVE the blog! And happy to hear you are settled into your new home and working on something you are passionate about. We moved shortly after you left, though just 8 miles North. We are very happy in our new home, but like you, I will always treasure our Chelsea days. We miss Seal Park!
    Hope to see you and the girls next time you are in NYC.
    Trish, Lily and Ava

    • March 23, 2010 4:56 pm

      Hi Trish, Thanks! Good to hear you are doing well. We’ll definitely catch up when we visit…Happy Spring! Marrika

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