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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 ...
... to glance in their direction and they are over. I love the way that serving alcohol from cafes is no big deal. Picture folks at the Bean Tree, at 10am, having a glass of beer or wine; so civilized. Although the Euro exchange rate is knocking me around a little, comparatively, food and drinks etc are quite cheap. We do live in the best country on the planet, but, we pay for it.
And remember.............."We travel not to escape life but for life not to escape us." Anonymous
I tour the sanctuary and courtyard before making my way next door to the bell tower. I can’t go in, but as I walk up to it I hear a choir practicing inside. I feel so small standing in front of this giant building that has stood for more than 1600 years.
Shopping is next on the agenda which is not hard to find in Maastricht. Cobblestoned streets are lined ...
... up behind us in the lock - a huge barge called Fighter. After two locks and some really stormy weather it's dark by the time we arrive in Maastricht and we miss the public moorings. After a couple of u-turns (in a really wide river) Martin decides to moor up on an empty and locked landing stage, not great for the dogs but too late to ...
... for them ever since.
Only a couple of weeks ago I got informed about a volunteer position onboard the Africa Mercy, i.e. as a Media Liaison Officer. After having discussed this situation with my current employer, I decided to go for it! After the selection procedure, I got the official letter of acceptance: I would serve on the Africa Mercy from Jan - June. A new year, a new adventure!
I only had one month to get everything sorted ...