Moving countries, a recap

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So, it’s been two months already, us living in the US. Many people ask me how I feel, if we’re settled already. I always feel a little rushed. Should I be? Am I too slow?

Funny how moving countries works. It’s just like all things new. A new house, a new job, a (new) baby, moving to the other side of the world. You close your eyes, count till ten and just do it. Find things out, move things around (both literally and symbolically). Just getting up in the morning, living your life, only a little different. You celebrate little successes, you learn from small set backs.

I said it before and I say it again, only now it’s not a wish but a truth: home is where the heart is. And I’m not going to lie, having your belongings around helps too.

So, how do I feel? At ease and confident about what the future holds. Am I settled yet? Far from. And that’s ok.

One step at a time, with hopefully lots of little successes to celebrate.



  1. Alice October 27, 2014

    Dear Madelon
    I can’t remember how I stumbled upon you on Instagram, but I’m glad… my bestest friend lives in LA and it’s so hard for us to be apart. We’re always joking we should marry each others partners and this way we could have the green card and they could come live in London if they wanted. Your stories and pictures they make me day dream about living in LA, in a very real way though. Can I ask what made you guys move over, job? Or did you just make that jump?
    I grew up not far from the Dutch border in north west Germany and was raised by Czech parents, home was always a split affair…and now my home is London.
    Very glad to have found your door in the wall, take care, courage, Ali x

    • Madelon October 28, 2014

      Thank you Ali! It is hard to live that far apart, but I’m so thankful we have modern ethnology. Can’t imagine having to write letters and wait 7 weeks for a reply! And we moved here because my husband got a new position at his work. Headquarters are here. I don’t know if any other reason would have made me move… ;).

      • Alice October 28, 2014

        Hi Madelon, can you imagine, before my parents moved to Algeria together (before their emigration to Germany) my father had to go there alone. My mum couldn’t join him for about 7 months,they couldn’t really call each other so my dad had written my mum many letters, in the late sixties, my mother showed them to us once, the pages were already sticking together from the ink, can you imagine! Take care, many happy autumnal greetings out to LA! Ali x

  2. jaime October 28, 2014

    Hi Madelon,
    I contacted you a few months ago about life in AMS with young kids. I’m originally from Pacific NW and we moved just about the same time that you did! It’s been fun comparing your adjustments to LA life and mine with AMS. Jet lag in kids is no joke – that 9 hr difference was a killer. We keep saying this is such a great adventure for us and for the kids, but it’s hard being across the world from family and friends. I’m so happy for your door in the wall! And you were right; AMS is more like a big village than a city. We love it here!

    • Madelon October 29, 2014

      I follow you on IG and I see you are adjusting very fast! Moving countries with children is more difficult, you cant go your own speed, dont you think? Love to follow your journey too! x


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