The great thing about building our own house is that we will get to know all the materials that we are working with. But there are so many options and things you can take into consideration for choosing all materials. We are always trying to get an optimum between price, quality and sustainability. Often we … More Glass and concrete-without-cement as foundation?!
Trigger warning: depressive and suicidal content, mention of mental illness and PTSD What I am writing in this blog today is the scariest thing I have ever shared. It’s already hard to talk about it to people who are close to me. I am sharing it because writing is a kind of therapy for me. … More Today I am taking my first pill
We finally started the construction of our house! It’s so weird and so cool and so scary. We have come a long way, and there is still a bumpy road ahead, but little by little we are building it up. In this blog I will write about the struggle for permits when building a weird … More You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great
|| Nederlandse versie onderaan || Most people have a good nature, also in the Netherlands. But I am still closing off 2020 with a feeling that there is a lot of finger pointing and complaining towards other people everywhere. Many tweets about those stupid churches still holding their sacred services, those egoistic students ignoring the … More A different perspective
We are going to build our own small house and it will be epic! Last week we have been officially submitting our plans to the municipality; so it’s going to be real and that’s why we are finally sharing some of the plans with you. Or actually mostly about our design process on how we … More Alpine Cabin design (aka our own house)
As a kid I loved Pippi Longstocking (and I still do!); a character from the children books by the Swedish author Astrid Lindgren. Pippi was a red-haired girl who lived in Villa Villekulla with her horse and monkey. She lived there on her own as her mother died and her father was always on the … More Finding the Pippi in yourself
I was looking forward to come back to the Netherlands after having worked in humanitarian crisis situations for the last 3 years. To meet friends and family in real life and not via the phone. To cook a meal in our own place and invite people to join. To do something completely different and enjoy … More Change -and building on the new
After having lived outside the Netherlands for 3 years, we are back for some time to live in our home country again. We can already say it is quite a big change, and so much different than just temporary ‘visiting’ our country. To make the change even bigger (or smaller if you look from a … More Setting up a yurt life
In the last months I have not written any blogs, and neither posted any photos. Not because nothing has happened, neither have I lost my passion for photography. There were so many changes in my life I can hardly keep it up myself. And within all these rapids I find it very difficult to share. … More Chasing after the wind
For those who want to read quick and efficient; please go directly to the last paragraph. For the others, enjoy the reading towards the last paragraph. Vulnerable households are those who had to flee their own village because of fighting. They walked for days with a few items they could carry and had to find … More Where to go? There, where there is most need?