whatever worked

Many speak of the first three months of a baby as their forth trimester and today, at the end of this year together, I feel like sharing my journal as a mother and what I have discovered along the way.…


Easter in Rotterdam

Easter in the Netherlands can be an exceptional experience if you are celebrating it here as an expat or you are travelling for the holidays.

As you can imagine Easter weekend has a different pace than any other weekend and …



From my experience very few people know about the Rotterdampas and, now that I have been a member for years, I can say that it’s a shame.

The Rotterdampas is basically a yearly membership to Rotterdam. It costs 60 euros …

only in Rotterdam

If you are visiting Rotterdam chances are that you are travelling around the Netherlands and will pass by for just a couple of days.

For everybody, people who just arrived in the city or the ones that have been living …

let’s talk about the PAP test

While the Dutch healthcare system doesn’t really advertise prevention, it does offer a PAP test (or the unpronounceable “uitstrijkje”) to women aged 30 to 60.

This exam is performed by a doctor to test for cervical cancer in women and


sustainable traveller

2019 started and I hadn’t even written a list of resolutions when I suddenly realized that I just wanted to be more involved in things happening around me.

I had been reading Factfulness and, besides being a good or bad …

I gave myself a reading corner

When I think of the perfect house I always imagine a reading corner: a small area that feels like a nest with a lot of light and books, scattered around or nicely organized in a bookcase.
There should be pillows,

instemmingen, this unknown

Coming from Italy I had never thought I would have so many cultural shocks when moving to the Netherlands, but I was wrong and instemmingen were definitely one of them.

Like everybody else, finding accommodation was my priority, as well