The first time Fede came to us we were sitting on the back of our trailer having an intense conversation. He walked up to us, stopt and started chatting in Spanish. We didn’t have any idea what he was saying but that didn’t bother him at all. After some time he made a gesture with his hand that could only mean “follow me”. And so we did. He brought us to his house and proudly showed us his vegetable garden. Witch was a joy to see! We learned the names of al the vegetables in Spanish and after some time he grabbed a knife and started harvesting fresh veggies for us. When he was done we were invited to sit down and with a bottle of bubbles we celebrated our new friendship.
After meeting his wife Marian and daughter Barbara we became regular guests at their house. They treated us with the most delicious food and we had funny and slow conversations true google translate.
As time went by Fede and Marian became a sort of grandparents for our girls and often they went by their house and got treated with ice cream, chocolate and God knows what more (TV!).
Fede not only gave us a place we were welcome, but also he started introducing us to people who became dear to us. Jon living up the street with his two shepherd dogs. Marta an Rubén who have a spiritual center and became like family. Inviting us to many special gatherings were we met many more brothers and sisters. Our girls became friends with their daughter Africa and they even stayed over a couple of nights at their place, giving us some precious time of our own!
Through Fede we became more than just visitors enjoying the beautiful beach and countryside. Through his efforts we were living here with an actual community around us. Exact the thing that we were wishing for when we were imagining our journey.
This man made that vision come true and he enjoyed it so much!
Last Saturday the girls went up to their house in the morning and encountered a rather shocking site. Marian in tears with family members around her trying to comfort her.
A man told the girls in English that Fede was in the sky. They came running back and told us that there was something wrong with Fede. Luckily the man followed the girls and explained what has happened. Fede died that morning in the hospital after an operation on his liver.
We were in shock.
The girls still have a hard time believing he’s gone. In Spain the funeral is so much faster than we are used to in Holland that we couldn’t say goodbye to him. Now whats left are the many good memories we made with him and of course al the lovely people he left behind. Next month there is going to be a big fiesta to celebrate his life. Just the way he would have wanted, loving his food and drinks and the company of friends.
We miss you Fede. Thank you for being in our lives 🙏🏻💚
After reading a bedtime story to the girls Lente said she wouldn’t go to bed yet… she would love to take a walk, because she had to much energy. And we looked outside and saw the beautiful sunset and thought: why not? So we went for a late walk and it was lovely. We had so much fun together. And enjoyed nature. We feel privileged to live in such a wonderful place called earth 🌍
I keep falling in love with you… over and over again. There are moments that I think I know all of you, every detail, every smile, every movement. And then you open up more and surprise me again by revealing more of your beautiful soul. It deepens my love. Our story isn’t only love and happiness, there are many times you drive me crazy. Then I’m scared, angry, sad, and feel hate or an intense wildness in me. And that tells everything about me. I’ll get to know myself better, what gives me the opportunity to open up more and show you more of me. And that deepens our love again. So we aren’t only traveling the world, we also traveling our love. It is a deepening journey… so much to discover 💚
We are so happy to announce that our Driving B&B is ready! In our tiny house on wheels we made a comfortable and lovely place. You can come over and stay with us for a while. For more information check the link below.
Even though you should take a sneak peek 👀 and let us know what you think of the result!!
Since the girls left school we follow a different path of learning. We want them to learn from within. By interest. Because they want it. So the first step was to let it all go and give them total freedom. No schedule or things they must do for school. Only being playful, unwinding and finding themselves being a kid again. The first weeks were lovely and difficult at the same time. They were used to be told what to do. And now they had to fill in their own time. So when they got bored, they asked for playing time on the tablet or watch a movie. And when we say no, they didn’t know what to do. We told them that it is okay to be bored. That it felt not very nice, but that it is actually good for them. At first it was hard for them to believe. They become cranky. We saw them struggling and sometimes it was hard not to intervene. But after being bored they become so creative in their own play. Having the best time together. Playin for hours and hours. Love to do what they feel within. And they become so curious, asking many many questions about all kind of things. Soaking in all the knowledge. We saw our children change. Their bodies become softer, they look happier and they were enjoying their freedom. Last week there was a change. They asked for schoolwork. They want to do math and spelling. We had plans to go to the beach and for the first time we packed the learning books as well. All day they worked hard en enjoying there selves. Because they wanted to. How lovely is that! Traveling through Europe became a different kind of school. A school of life. From within. We are so happy for our girls ❤️
We spend a few days in San Sebastian… and what a bliss. Such an amazing city! We had no plan visiting it, but because of the weather (rain) and Linde’s birthday we came to the aquarium. Driving into this city we were amazed of the good vibes and wonderful buildings we were seeing. We decide to stay longer and explore. We had the best time. The old part of the city felt like home. The beach around the corner our garden. The sea our window view. Delicious food in every street. Lovely people to talk to. Mmmmm… we made good memories here. San Sebastian is in our heart <3
Today was Linde’s birthday, which we celebrate with great joy. The first birthday in our epic bus. Another milestone reached! We decorated the bus with festive garlands, nicely wrapped gifts and a nice cake with candles, just like we used to in the NL, but now a little smaller. It’s pouring today and so we travel to San Sebastián, a lively city on the coast, to enjoy ourselves. San Sebastián has an aquarium which held all the wonders of the ocean, for us to see. The nice thing about always having your home with you is that we parked around the corner from the aquarium. After the visit, we watched a movie, huddled together in the bed box (the latest movie from the Smurfs, one we’d love to recommend!). Then, afther some tea and reading another part of Harry Potter, the birthday came to a close. Tomorrow we will continue to explore this city. In the meantime, we created another lovely memory to share and think back on 💗
We also would love to share our Facebook post from earlier today on our private account. So you get to know our youngest a bit better 💗
Linde, sweety, what a special day… 9 years ago, you saw the light of life for the first time. We celebrate this day with love because we are so happy to have you in our lives. To us, you are like the sun, radiant and warm ☀️ As colourful and wonderful like a rainbow 🌈 As beautiful and delicate like cherry blossom 🌸 With your fair heart, you have brought joy, light and love in our lives. The lucky ones are us, dad and mom, to have been chosen as your parent. We wish you an amazing and adventurous year. Dance, jump, laugh and keep surprising the world. Enjoy life, darling; you deserve it. We love you 💗