Some useful links for dutch speaking people who are homesick:
– TV on internet:
– Radio on internet:
It is not always easy to make new friends when you come in a new country. Besides expat clubs (see my post on this topic), parent clubs or playgroups are very popular in California. A great place to meet other young moms!
Las Madres is a playgroup organized by the birth year of the child and by neighborhoods throughout the South Bay. Members and their children enjoy regular park outings, Mom’s Night Out, parties, educational speaker nights, discounts,… and much more!
I’m member of Las Madres and I have a lot of fun to meet other mom’s and share our mom’s experience. Kids meet regularly other children of their age and become friends for ever!
Tip: You have a trial period of one month to see if you like the playgroup and how it is organised. Try it!
We love hiking and California is a paradise for that: all kind of landscapes, from easy trails to trails for experienced people,…
If you want to hike in the Bay Area, you will find here some information about the location, facilities, description and even pictures of the trails. This website gives detailed and accurate information.
If you are looking for maps, we found out that maps from Trail Center are excellent.
Skype is an excellent way of keeping in touch while you are expat. Skype’s internet telephony solutions allow you to talk to your friends and family for free. Skype also allows you to make outgoing calls to landlines and cell phones (a service you pay for, but at much lower rates than the alternatives) as well as use its instant messaging feature. Skype lets you make free calls over the Internet. It’s free to download and you can add on voicemail for a small fee.
Tip: All calls from Skype to landlines and mobiles within the US and Canada are also free till the end of the year.
You don’t know what to do this WE?
Point Lobos is a great State Reserve where you can hike, watch whales (when you are lucky – from January to April), look to sea lions or seals.
On the central coast of California in Monterey County, the entrance is located three miles south of Carmel on Highway 1. Click here to see on the map.
When we were in Point Lobos in February, we saw a group of whales passing along the coast. It was quite impressive to see their blows. There are several hiking trails following the shoreline and leading to hidden coves.
Tip:Don’t forget your binoculars to watch the sea lions and the grey whales.
So hard to find in California good chocolate and moreover Belgian chocolate!We are missing so much our “Cote d’Or” with delicious varieties as dark chocolate filled with Almonds, creamy milk chocolate, chocolate with Hazelnuts, …
We found an excellent Belgian chocolate at a reasonable price in Trader Joes (><Whole Food: $8 for chocolate pieces!).The chocolate is made in Antwerpen and has 4 varieties: milk, 72% dark chocolate, chocolate with almonds and bittersweet chocolate. This chocolate is made with cacao butter and not other substitutes, definitely you taste the difference!
It looks like this: