So... It's been nearly 2 years since Charles and I announced our intent to eventually move to the Low Lands. And occasionally I get an email, or PM, or even phone call, asking how that plan is coming along. Have we forgotten? Was it just something said to placate Joop, our first exchange student?
Plans take a while, folks. But the short answer is, yes we are still planning on moving over there, but expatriating with no job offer, or potential spouse waiting for us, is hard.
We don't plan on attending school, I am a writer, not someone who works for a multinational corporation, and my husband is a handy man and military vet. And we aren't rolling in dough, so the process is slow and incredibly tedious.
But, I have exciting news, the first step to us moving to the Netherlands starts this spring! I will be travelling to the country to promote my latest book, and my first memoir, Joop Does America, which is about my journey with Joop. Or Joop's journey with me.
It's a small step, but it's the first one.
The timetable for the actual move is probably 10 years out. Charles is trying to finish school, we need to pay off some student loans, figure out a plan for our house, file all the correct papers, find a new home, and save enough.
Sometime next year, we will take a family trip over to the country of my ancestors as the continued step.
If you want to help support me, Joop, or our book, you can start out early by checking out our GoFundMe page: https://www.gofundme.com/4k5jy-joop-does-america-the-book or following our page on facebook: www.facebook.com/joopdoesamerica
I live in Athens, Georgia, with my son, my husband, and an ever-revolving list of exchange students, who are a never-ending source of entertainment and writing material.