I guess I caught the 'virus' for travelling and enjoying living in other countries/cultures during my freshman year at a highschool in the USA 1973-1974. As soon as I had finished school in Germany in 1978, I left for Paris to study for Make-Up Artist. I ended up living in that beautiful city for almost 9 years! I did go back to Germany just for the time it took to obtain my translator certification.
In 1987 I moved to Amsterdam with a job and I stayed in the Netherlands for the next 22 years.
After having spent a couple of summer vacations with bulgarian friends on the Black Sea coast of Bulgaria I knew it was time for the 'big' move and start a new life here.
And I have not regretted this move one single day!! Beautiful nature, very warm and welcoming people and so much less stressful than life in western Europe!!
From 1997 until Summer 2013 I worked in Technical Support and the last 7 years as Project Manager in Knowledge Management with a focus on KCS (Knowldege Sharing Methodology) for a large US company.
Since February 2018 I run a small trail riding stable (HAPPY TRAILS) with 3 horses and 3 ponies in the remote village in Bulgaria, where I moved from Sofia in 2015. It combines my lifelong passion for horses and riding with giving something back to this country I love by doing something for the developement of tourism in this very beautiful but "forgotten" area. I work a lot with volunteer traveller/workers from all over the world to take over when I am working on translations.
Until my move to this remote village I was also a performing singer-songwriter:
Favorite quotes: 'Never regret!' , ''Nee' heb je, 'Ja' kun je krijgen'