That’s right, a real, life book! Well, not an entire book, but a couple of chapters in a real, life book!
I don’t often talk about my life beyond what I crochet here (maybe I should, what do you think?), but what’s going on in my “other” life is just too exciting not to share with you!
Ages and ages ago now, more than a year, my friend Lynn from The Nomad Mom Diary approached me about the possibility of contributing to a book about expat life in the Netherlands. Can you imagine how excited I was at the prospect of contributing to a book? That somebody out there actually read what I was writing, and perhaps even enjoyed it enough to consider me for a book?!
Back in the old days, not long after I arrived in Holland, I started writing a blog to help people and answer questions about the integration course and exams that so many of us have to take to stay here, and it grew into a wonderful community where I met some amazing people, and even better, was able to connect immigrants with one another. Some of my favourite people on this earth were found via that blog, but never in a million years did it ever occur to me that I might actually contribute to a real life book!
But here it is. Dutched Up! Rocking the Clogs, Expat Style. A book about life as an expat woman in the Netherlands. What it’s like when you land, the drama, the fun, the trauma! So many of my fellow contributors have such beautiful, funny pieces, I feel so honoured to be in such great company.
So, do me a favour, and grab a copy. It’s a wonderful read, especially for any woman who has ever been outside her comfort zone. And let’s face it, that’s all of us, right? You’ll laugh, you’ll cry. You’ll stamp your foot in indignation, you’ll be incredulous. You’ll love it. It’s a wonderful book, and I’d say that even if I hadn’t had a hand in it!
Right now it’s available on Amazon, with an iBooks and real, book-smelling book coming soon, and you can pick it up here:
It’s also on iTunes, Here!
This is an affiliate link, so if you’re thinking of doing your Christmas shopping on Amazon this year, use this link for the lot all right?
And here is a list of all the contributing writers, these women are all very impressive, let me tell you!
The European Mama – Olga Mecking
The Nomad Mom Diary – Lynn Morrison
Stuff Dutch People Like – Colleen Geske
Finding Dutchland – Rina Mae Acosta
The Three Under – Farrah Ritter
Neamhspleachas – Molly Quell
Currystrumpet – Deepa Paul
George With Ears – Zoe Lewis
Dutch Australian – Reneé Veldman-Tentori
Expat Life With A Double Buggy – Amanda van Mulligen
2 Little Monkeys in Breda – Rosalind Van Aalen
Olympic Wanderings – Caitlyn O’Dowd
Smart Tinker – Lana Kristine Jelenjev
Expat Since Birth – Ute Limacher-Riebold
Life In Dutch – Aislinn Callahan- Brand
The Non-Hip Hippies – Alexia Martha Symvoulidou
Naturally Global – Katherine Strous
Amayzmom – Shivangi Tiwari
Naija Expat In Holland – Tamkara Adun
Amber Rahim – Amber Rahim
Amsterdam Mama – Catina Tanner
Like A Sponge – Marianne Orchard
The Tini Times – Damini Purkayastha
Bardsleyland – Donna Stovall Bardsley
Foodlovas – Kerry Dankers
Social Fusion Amsterdam – Iulia Modi Agterhuis