Introduction to my blog

Introduction to my blog

Welcome to the introduction to my blog New Place New life. I made this blog for several reasons. Most of my life I haven’t exactly felt like I was where I wanted to be. I mean this both as a place in my life and the place where I was actually living. I was born and raised in the Netherlands. This – if you aren’t familiar with it – is a country with 17 million inhabitants. Every place is very crowded, busy and noisy. All though Holland has many beautiful places, they weren’t made for me. If you are anything like me, then you might have had any of the feelings I’m about to describe at one point or another in your life.

I was born in a place called Uithoorn, Holland’s capital city, which is close to Amsterdam. Uithoorn was a busy place that had way too many people on one place. I lived with my mom, dad and 3 year older sister in a middle class house. My dad was a computer programmer and my mom was a housewife. Most of my childhood was stressful as my parents divorced when I was 7 years old. I’d like to say that we were kept out of everything that comes along with a divorce, but unfortunately I can’t.

My sister and I lived with my mom the first few years but after that we switched parents a couple of times. Later on my sister stayed with our mom and me with my dad. Now the reason I’m writing this is because I’d like to think that that last decision was the base reason why my sister and I turned out with such different personalities.

Introduction to my blog

Reindeer we saw during our emigration trip through Sweden

Fast forward

Let me fast forward. From that point on, I started feeling less and less at home in my jobs, house and country. Looking back at those years, I don’t know why it never occurred to me that I could have changed my life. I’ve always “liked” the idea of running away from home or doing one of those crazy things like in the movie “Into the wild”. Which is one of my favorite movies by the way. However, I never seemed to change anything. So by the time I turned 27, I found the love of my life and everything was about to change.

We moved to a much calmer place in Holland, called Hilversum. Hilversum is a relatively big city, but with lots of nature. In those years I really changed more and more. My girlfriend – who is now my wife – had moved around in between different countries within Europe many times before. After three years of living together, we decided to move away. As a result of getting tired of the government, less and less nature and just the pressure of everyday life. We looked for a place as far as possible without needing a visa. So after some research on internet we decided to move to one of the most remote places in Sweden. A place called Kiruna.

In this blog I am going to explain exactly why we moved, what we had to go through to do this, how the move went and how it affected us after changing places. Since north Sweden is absolutely the opposite of Holland in many many ways, there were a lot of things we had to adept to. I want to describe all of this in my blog and hopefully be an inspiration to some of my readers. For the people who are inspired, thinking about a change, planning a change, or have failed changing places, I hope to create a community . As I am a big nature lover and I hike, photograph and write about nature with every chance I get.

 

Introduction to my blog

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