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... in Boulder.
I am going to take care for 3 wonderfull boys in the age of 6, 5 and 2 years old. I can't wait to meet this hostfamily and to start working for them.
But first I will catch the plane in Dusseldorf and fly to NYC!
In NYC I will stay for about 4 days and have some introduction and information about the whole Au Pair thing. And after those 4 days I am flying ...
... of human habitation in the area. From the Middle Ages on it has always been recognised as an affluent city and therefore was walled at numerous times through history.
The Cathedral is amazing and commenced in 796 by Charlemagne it is the oldest Cathedral in Northern Europe. From 936 to 1531 it was the Coronation site of 30 or so German Kings. Just to be inside and touch the walls was amazing. Could not get enough of it.
And so to the cricket. By the time you ...
... One bookstore in particular gets my attention. It is set up in an old church. The walls are covered with book shelves and there is a restaurant at the back where I imagine people once took communion.
I cap off the evening with a flavourful Italian feast, saying "grazie" instead of "dank u del". Maastricht is located in the wine region in the Netherlands. I figure the trip isn't complete until ...
Today we set off from the Linssen Yachts base in Maasbracht heading south. We started in sun but the weather very quickly turned "proper Cornish" - horizontal rain with a touch of sleet! Everything went very smoothly for Captain Martin - watch the video! First lock - 150 yards long - nobody else around - good news for first time out. Then ...
... our overnight accommodation.
The following morning we will have an 8-hour bus ride to Tamatave/Toamasina, where the Africa Mercy is docked.
I'm pretty nervous for the adventure that lies ahead; but I am confident it will be an unforgettable and life-altering experience. An experience that wouldn't have been possible without the unwavering support of my parents, my employer, Mercy Ships Belgium and the not-for-profit organisation Acrima. Thank you!