In a couple of days we’re going to move out of Gillingham. Freddy is starting his fieldwork in July, but we can’t stay till then because our tenancy contract only allowed us to stay for a year or leave after 6 months. So we chose the second option. We will be in Holland until we go to Kenya.
The other reason why we want to be in The Netherlands, is the abdicatie. This is a word that until recently was fairly unknown to the majority of the Dutch. In English, you would say abdication and after the expected reply “What?” you would go on and say ‘the Queen is resigning’. This is of course a major event. The current Queen is called Beatrix, and she has been in office from 1980. Her son, Willem-Alexander, is going to be our new King.
Our travelling scheme is as follows: On 2 July we fly to Kenya. We’ll be there for 4 months and then from 26 October to 10 November we will shortly be in The Netherlands. Until 2 March 2014 we are staying in Madagascar.
We have had a very good time here. Yesterday we said goodbye to the housegroup from church. Of course we hope to come back to Gillingham next year, because Freddy will be working on his PhD at the university. In the meantime we are packing again, moving on, till we find our place…