That is the question… If you were to ask me if I am ready to be home, I’m not sure I can accurately answer that question. I am so torn between what I know in my head and what I feel in my heart. I am ready to go home in certain ways, but in … More To Be Ready, Or Not To Be Ready?
Wooden shoes, tulips, windmills, Dutch costumes, poffertjes, stroopwafels, Dutch fronts on buildings….and bikes and canals and people actually speaking Dutch. Coming from a small, Dutch town where I have lived my whole life, I was more than excited to visit the place I have been hearing about for the last 21 years of my life. … More If Ya Ain’t Dutch, Ya Ain’t Much
“It’s always an adventure.” So, we may have taken the phrase “lost in London” a little too seriously..we didn’t really physically get lost..but we were at a loss for what to do within the first couple of hours of being there. We had booked an AirBnb for the weekend to stay in. There were four … More IT’S LONDON, BABY!
I can’t believe that I have been living in Spain for two months already, and that I only have one more month here until I head back home to Iowa. (Speaking of Iowa, there’s a restaurant called ‘Iowa’ in Madrid! What a small, small world.) There have been a couple of times where I’ve felt … More Two Months Down, One To Go
I have been dreaming about Rome since 2003 when my childhood idol, Lizzie McGuire (Hilary Duff), went to Rome after her 8th grade graduation. Anybody who really knows me that the Lizzie McGuire Movie is my all-time favorite movie. I’ve been dreaming since I was 7-years-old about going to Rome and falling in love and … More When In Rome
Pella After Richard Hugo Aimee Uitermarkt Right in the heart of Iowa lies a small town of 10,344 people. Tulips and Dutch fronts line the streets, but the townspeople only go outdoors if the weather is exceptional for their taste, and never on Sunday unless it is to relax and honor the Sabbath. Everybody … More Pella
Little Girl in Pink Concepción Serrano, later Countess of Santovenia By Rosales Gallena, Eduardo Aimee Uitermarkt She is brilliant in every sense of the word. Her dress, the perfect mixture of red and white with a matching ribbon placed carelessly in her brown, wavy hair, and pink ballet slippers proved her elegance and grace … More Little Girl In Pink
Happiness Aimee Uitermarkt Happiness can come in many ways, shapes, or forms. Some of them can be simple, Like receiving emails from family full of Kind words and well wishes That just scream “I MISS YOU” but also Say “I’m so glad you’re having such a good time.” Small successes such as … More Happiness
The Traveling Soul Aimee Uitermarkt Like somewhere straight out of a fairytale, full of enchantment and mystery. As green as the rolling hills of Iowa during a spring full of rain. Instead of “I’m blue ba-ba-di-ba-bi-da” it’s “I’m green”. Castles, palaces, and wells deeper than a poet’s soul, how enchanting. Old, yet inviting, like … More The Traveling Soul
Duende: The word “duende” refers to a spirit in Spanish, Portuguese, and Filipino folklore and literally means “ghost” or “goblin” in Spanish. It is believed to derive from the phrase “dueño de casa,” which means “owner of a house.” The term is traditionally used in flamenco music or other art forms to refer to the … More My Duende