The story of an American who followed her love to the Netherlands. In addition to her narcissistic ramblings, Kimberle shares her day-to-day life, feelings of homesickness and frustration, and tales of all the crazy Dutch people she meets.

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  • You should know
    on Sep 5, 2011
    You should know thatI was born in HollandBut my family and I moved to America when I was fourAnd I didn’t speak a word of English.You should know thatI just started playing volleyballAnd I am on the gold teamAnd last week we won our first game!You...
  • A long, hot summer
    on Aug 25, 2011
    When I was growing up, summer was an endless stretch of nothingness. There were no reading lists or science camps or enrichment activities. Hell, there was barely adult supervision. We were a pack of wild dogs tearing through the neighborhood, entert...
  • Casa Swaak, prime-time tv star
    on Jul 7, 2011
    Remember when a film crew from USA came and took over our house? No? Then I suggest you click here first. Go ahead. I’ll wait right for you.**drumming fingers, fetching coffee, checking Facebook**Why hello, you’re back! Okay then. Moving on.So la...
  • Dear naked man on the beach
    on Jun 20, 2011
    Yes, sunbathing naked does give you an even tan, I’ll grant you that. None of those pesky tan lines for you, oh no. You are sun kissed in every crack and crevice, evenly tinted behind each tuck and fold. And those appendages! How savagely tan they...
  • Excuse me, pardon me, what did you say?
    on Jun 15, 2011
    Picture this :: the fam and I, driving back from a lovely evening with friends. The weather has finally turned, and though it’s nowhere near Atlanta temperatures, warmer winds are drying the dampness from our clothes and thawing our moods. The sun...
  • Wadlopen
    on Jun 13, 2011
    In the twelve years I lived in the NL, I took in just about all the sights. Visits to dikes and canals and windmills and museums and cheese markets. Carnival parade through the cobbled streets of Maastricht. Obscure courtyards tucked away behind a bu...
  • Summit!
    on Jun 8, 2011
    Well, my crazy Dutchman made it to the top of Mt. Ararat last week -- from the look of things, by pulling himself up with his lips; he lost the top few layers of skin in the process. HIs entire head burned to a bald little crisp, and his eyes were sw...
  • Choices
    on Jun 8, 2011
    This trip to the NL, along with fun, friends and family, we are also taking time to look at schools in Amsterdam with Evan ~ Vrije Universiteit, Universiteit van Amsterdam, and University College (or is it College University? I can never remember. Al...
  • Look ma, no jet lag!
    on Jun 6, 2011
    I awoke refreshed and well this morning just as the sky was starting to turn pink with a new day. No tossing and turning, praying for sleep to come in the middle of the night. No sleep-muddled brain staring up at the ceiling and wondering where the h...
  • Hey NL :: we komen eraan!!
    on May 31, 2011
    Just a few more days until the Swaakjes land at Schiphol. Are you as excited as we are? Here are some of the things we can’t wait to do, Letterman style: 1. Eat patatje met. Otherwise known as french fries smothered with creamy mayonnaise, most del...
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