If you’re on Instagram, you might have seen the hashtag 5 ‘Facts about me’ passing by recently. I got very excited when Natasja of Dutch blog ‘Wat zij zegt’ invited me to share my #5factsaboutme on Instagram Story. Because not everybody who follows me here is on Instagram, I thought it would be fun to share my 5 facts with you in a blog. So get ready to learn some surprising facts about Dutch Girl!

It’s been only 1.5 weeks since I returned home from my 6-week artist residency in Captiva, Florida, and here I am back on a plane again. I’ve swapped my bikini and sandals for chunky pullovers and thermal socks as winter temperatures in the Netherlands are about 20 degrees Celsius lower than in Florida. Rather than showing off my tan to friends and family, I’ll be wrapped up in thermals again from head to toe.

It’s rather unusual for a Dutchie in his/her thirties not being able to swim. Yet, I am one of those people. I was pleased to find out my local gym offers swimming lessons for adults and I decided to register for class. That was exactly one year ago. After having made up excuses for 12 years, I gathered my courage and signed up for swimming lessons yesterday. Follow my progress here.