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Welcome, to our site! After living for some time in Israel and then in the UK we've now moved to Germany. We'd like to share our experiences with you. We hope you have as much fun reading as we have writing.




January 2022


Just the other day I told Emanuël how lucky I feel to have a hubby who always keeps making sure there’s adventure in our life. :mrgreen:
Sharing those adventures with friends, family and…well the world, was the reason we started with in the first place.
So, you may wonder, does that mean there were no adventures at all in the last year or two?
Cause yeah, that’s how long it’s been since we’ve written a post…

Well, our adventures are now of a more modest nature 😀
Things like a romantic weekend for two, a holiday with both our parents, celebrating the 40th anniversary of Emanuël’s parents’ marriage, a week in Tel Aviv…
In most cases I started writing…to never finish an actual post.

Most of these occasions would have actually been really nice to write about, and maybe someday I’ll do some flashbacks. 😉
But for now, I’ll write about our next adventure: our new home!

Just before Christmas we found a lovely piece of land that immediately felt like home.
Now, about three months later, we’ve put down some signatures and we’re well on our way to being the owners of a little piece of Bayern.
No, we’re not yet the actual owners. Turns out there’s a few things to do after you’ve been to the notary…I won’t bore you with the details, it just means that it will take another 3-4 weeks until we can actually call it ours.

20150226 property

The property is located on a south facing slope to the south-east of Erlangen, and north-east of Nuremberg.
We stood there a few weeks ago around sunset and…it was love at first sight.
The area is very rural, with lots of open space and woods.
If I’d have to guess I’d say there are no more than 30 houses in the village, maybe even less, but there’s a somewhat larger village at walking distance that offers all facilities we may need.

The last 3 months have been spent figuring out how these kinds of things work here in Germany, what kind of restrictions there are, what obligations…which means we’ve already started planning the house and WOW that’s not an easy feat! 😯 I realize it’s difficult for anybody to do something like this for the first time…but go ahead and try it in a different language… Takes a special kind of nutcase to want to do that! :mrgreen:
Oh well, everybody who knows us, even just a little, knows we are of the nutty variety. Pleasantly so of course!!

I have promised myself that I will be more diligent in keeping you updated on our website. I may do that in a slightly different format though.
One of the things that has kept me from writing is the translating bit… I usually write in English and then translate to Dutch.
This takes time and eats away part of my creative process.
Although Dutch is my mother tongue, the language doesn’t inspire much creativity in me. English however, has always been my language of choice.
Therefore: a big big sorry to everyone who prefers to read our posts in Dutch! It’ll only be English for now!
Another thing I may try, will be shorter posts. Maybe a picture with a sentence or two. Or just a couple of sentences to share a moment when I do not have the time or inspiration to write more.

We’ll see how it’ll work. And let me know whether or not you like it!

One Response to “Adventures”

  • Cathalijne says:

    Gefeliciteerd Aukje, en Emanuël, geweldig!
    Betekent dit, dat jullie daar dan gana bouwen!? Een heel nieuw huis! Wat een onderneming. Ja, weer een avontuur, op zijn minst.

    Ik denk vaak aan je, heel veel geluk gewenst,
    liefs van Cathalijne.

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