Why am I here?
Some of you have asked what am I doing in the Netherlands and others who is this Renate person. Well, the answer is the same for both questions.
The lovely Renate is mijn meisje, a girl from Holland who couldn't find a suitor in her native land. One January three years ago she came to New Zealand and found one almost next door to her cousin Martin (that was handy).
Since then we have played a giant game of leap frog jumping back and fourth across the worlds oceans a couple of times a year. When we can, we spend several months together either traveling or exploring each others cultures.
So, "Why am I here?", to spend time with the one I love. To better know her family and friends, the Dutch culture, language and experience more of Europe.