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she’s finally here

 it was a good thing me giving Greet as a birthday present my house keys.

i sent them through Benjamin, one of the dancers we host now and again. the idea was to make the distance so much shorter… between me and greet, and it worked, because today when Karen arrived and she had those keys in her hand, after picking them up on the most peaceful street in antwerp (got it?) where the most adorable family lives, and opened our door, i realised how easy it was to be close to your dearest freinds, and how not so long ago, Rosie had given them back to me.


she didn’t really know how to do it at first, but we helped and right now she is very professional at it, got to give the girl a break! it’s indeed not easy living with us, and specially if you think you have to for the next 4 months. poor girl! ihihih

Karen has come to Maputo to work with Aldo in his office, to help out during these busy winter months, yes it’s winter. in a way she came to make us happier. we really needed familiar faces around us and with her she brought news, hugs, kisses and gossip from everyone we know back in Belgium. like i said once, at least 1% of Antwerp is here with us.

we really hope she loves her time spent here, 4 months is a long time but maybe not enough… in the mean while we hope to get to know eachother even better for her and Aldo and i will finally get an opportunity to know her a little bit. at least, i already know she likes to bake cakes and she loves apple crumble… which if you know me at all by now, you’d know i’d never live with someone who didn’t! this is enough for me.

…can’t really explain how much home it feels to have someone like her around. it all of a sudden makes things here seem easy and that leaving wasn’t so bad. of course after 9 months and 1 week i could say that myself, but just not out loud. we have finally, after my sister, someone to show around and to explain how things work, and to show that we weren’t soooo crazy to do this. maybe a little…

now, we’ll have a portuguese lesson. she has decided to learn it. poor girl… again.

maybe at least it makes me get back on my dutch.

tot ziens en veel success karen!



miss belgium,

i left antwerp 6 months ago.

maybe that’s why i sang happy birthday to you a day earlier… my instinct told me that if i just sang it earlier i wouldn’t have to realize it’s been 6 months already. so there was actually an excuse. it’s still a bit strange to think it’s been so long, maybe because we “talk” everyday on facebook, or because i call you so often still or because you read my blog or because i miss rosie and can’t wait for her “one minute” movies, which by the way have been lacking lately.

it’s not the first time i write you a letter, note or blog post, and it’s true when they say it gets easier with time. i have pratically said anything and everything to you. we have been through a lot, mostly you really, ’cause having a baby will always seem so much more then moving to africa! ;) and we’ve had such amazing moments and we are still amazed of how much friends we became in these years. but then again, it’s no surprise. like someone once said to me “andrea, you’re right, Greet is wonderful!”

see, i’ve told the world. it started with dutch lessons and it finishes… pfff this will never be over!  unless you start beating me on every single game facebook has to offer i swear i’ll always be here.

we’ll always have “witzli putzly” and “caffenation”.

thank you for living this with me and for helping me get through and enjoy so much of this life. most importantly remember, i’m the apple crumble lady and there will always be a empty chair waiting for me! no one with three apples gets to substitute me!!! eheheheh

i made brownie cookies with a thick cream dip for your birthday… i had a number 3 candle but not a number 1, so you’re 3 years old.


p.s. – i kept trying to get the kids at the orphanage to sing to you but we had a crying crisis after all of these smiles!!


p.s.s. – like i had said we did go to the beach after the orphanage and just like you imagined probably it was amazing! :) you have rosie i have this!

here, and there soon, miss portugal