In the past, when I was sit­ting in the back of the car and it was evening, I always looked at the moon. No mat­ter how fast we went, the moon always moved along with us. And now, with the dis­tant trips we some­times make, it’s still the same moon in the sky.

I am Maaike and this is my weblog. I was born and raised in The Nether­lands. Since 2012, I am mar­ried to Fred­dy. We live in the UK at the moment. We have one cat, Ivan. I stud­ied in Wagenin­gen and my pro­fes­sion­al inter­est lies with small-scale agri­cul­ture in Africa. I also am involved in web design, this weblog is an exam­ple of that. I don’t eat any ani­mal prod­ucts or ani­mals; I have both envi­ron­men­tal and eth­i­cal rea­sons for that. My favourite place is the library. Some of my favourite books are:

  • The Moorchild, Eloise McGraw
  • The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Life of Pi, Yann Mar­tel
  • The Hitch­hik­er’s Guide to the Galaxy, Dou­glas Adams
  • (and secret­ly Har­ry Pot­ter)

This weblog is meant to be a rep­re­sen­ta­tion of my life and the things I think about. The name of the web­site is Ronde Maan, Dutch for ‘Round Moon’. When the moon is round, the strangest things hap­pen. You are wel­come to expe­ri­ence them with me.