‘Carlos’

When I grew up in the Netherlands we were not judged on what to wear to a pool or at the beach when we were kids. My parents let me walk around in only a swim bottom for years and I didn’t even know better. It wasn’t strange and most of my friends (girls) did…

‘The Haney’

Each time I look at you, I just smile to myself and think, ‘I certainly could not have done better’. I have lived some of the most precious moments of life with you. Not a single day goes by when I don’t have a sense of gratitude. I trust you, not just because you are…

‘Sleeping with a married woman’

In my years of travelling, I’ve met many different kinds of people. Nice, weird, and rude ones! Not even to start about attitudes from soccer wives! But there is one in particular that I never thought I would ever meet… ‘The Croatian’. After our second year in Texas a lot of new teammates with their…

‘The Real Deal’

Six years ago, we lived in Cyprus for one season in Ayia Napa. Best holiday place ever! To be there for soccer…? Not so much. We lived in a touristic area near the beach with white sand and clear blue water. It was just beautiful. Cyprus overall has so much history and nice food to…

‘My book of words’

For a couple of months I now have a Chinese friend. We go on fun adventures with our kids. She’s lived in the US for many years, but most of the time she still doesn’t know what I am saying in English. And to be honest… I cannot always understand her either! She cannot pronounce…

‘The World Cup’

So… the World Cup in Brazil started last week and when your husband doesn’t play, it’s not a lot of fun to watch these games. But it’s on all freaking day! So I can’t go around it. It’s not only the 90 minute of soccer, NO, they also talk so much before and after these…

‘No Turn on Red’

Finally my own bed and environment again. Safe home, well … not exactly safe… The day after I came home from the hospital, I walked to the grocery store and somebody almost ran me over! They drove through the red light, at a speed of at least 40 miles an hour! I cursed, yelled in…