Sometimes you have these days….
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Sometimes you have these days….

Monday 28 April 2014Ester died, after three more days of waiting to see if she would make it, no miracle has happened. The news was texted while we were at Simon’s funeral. So it was a shitty day. Not really something you like to write on your weblog but write up air and yes it…

An unexpected night shift
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An unexpected night shift

Friday 25 April 2014 An unexpected night shift makes it possible for me to write again. Every day there are stories to tell through my head but time flies and stories fade away……Esther, our 5 year old patient, is not doing well at the moment. I am immediately under stress because in the past two…

As Christmas approaches….
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As Christmas approaches….

Tuesday 24 december 2013 It’s 11 o’clock in the evening, this time I’m not sitting at the kitchen table writing letters… Luckily (almost) all of them went out before the holidays and ended up safely in the letterbox in the Netherlands. I am in hospital, the mosquitoes are buzzing around me…. The only mother who…

What does “Bivamuntuyo” mean?
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What does “Bivamuntuyo” mean?

Thursday 29 august 2013 Busy, busy, busy………………….. It looks like the upcoming updates will be written mainly at night. Apparently that is the only time to write in peace and quiet and that’s how I get through the night shift again productively. Tata Simon (Simon’s father) is snoring and Charles regularly gives a whine but…

A night shift in the hospital
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A night shift in the hospital

Friday 29 March 2013 So, for the first time, a night shift in the hospital. Unfortunately we don’t have enough staff yet, so sometimes you have to jump in. The shifts here take 12 hours so there is enough time to update the administration, social contacts and website. At the moment there are three patients…

New Year’s Eve 2012
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New Year’s Eve 2012

Tuesday 1 January 2013 Almost half past 12, New Year’s Eve, I am sitting in the kitchen with a cup of tea. It is quiet in the house, just a moment alone to melancholically think back to all the events of recent years and to realise that time flies. I’m always a bit emotional on…

Baskets with cow shit on my head
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Baskets with cow shit on my head

Wednesday 17 October 2012 Hello, everyone, Busy, busy yes, even here in Uganda. I regularly say to western society that we don’t have time for each other, but life here is hectic at the moment. My house is a big mess and it needs to be cleaned thoroughly. The days when I was spinning beads…

The planting season has started
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The planting season has started

Monday 10 September 2012 Just one day… Just a day I would like to describe. A day that started at a quarter past five this morning. For the last few days, manure has been dumped on the land we bought. The manure should make the land more fertile, so that we can start planting on…

With the kids to the Netherlands
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With the kids to the Netherlands

Sunday 12 august 2012 It is 11 o’clock in the evening, I’m sitting in the kitchen and I’m actually still puffing around to start up the computer and to inform everyone again about the ups and downs in the bush. Today the holidays officially started and all the kids are back home again. Gee, they…

35 teenagers visiting
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35 teenagers visiting

Wednesday 11 April 2012 It is April, April means flying to the Netherlands and celebrating Queen’s Day. A day I am always looking forward to, selling necklaces on the Hoogstraat and then to the harbour for the necessary wines and old acquaintances. This year unfortunately no Queen’s Day in Holland. At the end of March…