Posted in Moving

First day of school back in our home country

Luka is starting her first day of school in the Netherlands today. After having lived in Australia for the last three years we moved back to the Netherlands last month. With it still being summer holiday, the new school year did not start until today.

We moved to a new city and Luka is starting at a brand new school. Although she has lived in the Netherlands for 7 years and speaks Dutch, English is now as her native language. At the moment it is easier for her than Dutch. When she speaks Dutch it takes a bit longer, as she translates from English.

No more ‘mama-taxi’ to bring the kids to school. The Netherlands is a bicycle country, where a bicycle is a mode of transport. With separate bike paths almost everywhere and bicycles having many rights on the roads. Most kids know how to ride a bike before they can even walk.

IMG_3823
Flashback to 2008: Luka, not even three months old is riding ‘on’ the bike

As all kids ride bicycles this means that car drivers have bicycle experience as well and know how to pass a bicycle with care. This was not always the case in Australia, where Oliver once got hit by the rear view mirror of a car when riding his bike.

IMG_1170
One thing that remained the same is the lunchbox that she brings to school.

Her school starts at 8.30 am and ends at 2 pm. The difference being that the breaks are A LOT shorter than in Australia.This came as a big shocker to Luka.

Recess:  15 vs 30 min
Lunch: 30 vs 60 min

Another big difference is that there is no school uniform in the Netherlands.

IMG_1172
Luka picked a colorful schoolbag, no more school backpack with school logo

I still remember her first day of school in Australia as if it was yesterday.

Wow, it is almost 2 o’clock, time to pick Luka up again. I wonder how her first day went. I can not wait to hear her stories!

Advertisements
Posted in Daily life, School

Primary School Sport in Victoria

Melbourne is a city that hosts a lot of major sports events, so there is great enthusiasm in both watching and participating. That love for sports gets seeded very early on in Australia. Next to the normal sports hour in school, there are after school sport activities, sports days and inter school sports – competitions against other schools.

In the almost two years that we lived here, Kai has qualified for some of the school teams, so we got to see what the competition is like. Here is our experience. Continue reading “Primary School Sport in Victoria”

Posted in Moving

We sold our house in the Netherlands

When we left for our big journey to Australia we initially intended to sell our house before moving. However the Dutch housing market was still in the middle of a crisis that started in 2008. Prices dropped by 30% since the peak of the market and there was a very low demand. If we could sell it, it would be with a large loss. So we decided to rent it out to a friend who needed a place to live. Continue reading “We sold our house in the Netherlands”

Posted in Moving, Practical - Living in Australia

Flight bagage when moving overseas

Follow my blog with Bloglovin

Four people and a new life in Australia. How much of your ‘old’ life can you take along with you on a flight? A post about being creative with luggage allowance, items that we are glad that we brought, items that we should not have taken and lessons learned. This is our experience. Continue reading “Flight bagage when moving overseas”

Posted in School

School excursion – term 4

What do you do when you get assigned a group of four boys and two girls, between 8-10 years old, to walk through a classical museum?

I swallowed, took a deep breath, desperately tried to memorise all names (o, why am I so bad at names again….) and gave it a go! After I joined Luka’s excusion to the Werribee Mansion last term, it was now time for me to join Kai’s excursion. Continue reading “School excursion – term 4”