Countdown to sunday

“I can hardly wait,” Lia e-mails me. Just a few days before we’ll see her and Coby again! Right there, on that same spot where they had to leave us 39 years ago after a long trip from Indonesia. At Schiphol (the airport). That’s where our reunion will take place. Initially, our intention was for Victor and I to visit our guardian angels in Bergen op Zoom, where Lia and Coby still live after all these years. But Google Maps laughed at us: yes, for me it would only be a 1,5 hour drive. But –…

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The Northern Daily

Good morning! After reading the announcement on the Facebook page of the Dagblad van het Noorden (Northern Daily), I suddenly feared the worst. Because if they were mistaken about our age (hello, 40 ??)… and they described Lia and Coby as tourists who picked us up at Schiphol …? For me it was exactly the reason why Saturday I asked for a preview of the article. For some fact-checking. Unfortunately the journalist said there would be no time for such, which made me a little nervous. Fortunately, this announcement appeared to be written by…

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The reunion

What made our reunion somewhat uncomfortable was the camera crew from RTV Noord that was practically on top of me when I got out of the car. I believe a director would call it ‘filming at an appropriate distance’.(Makes me curious what shooting at an inappropriate distance looks like. But that aside.) The attention our story is getting in the media is insane. Journalists from the AD and the Dagblad van het Noorden visited us this afternoon. Is always a surprise how a story ends up in black and white. Which statements are…

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And the press…

Besides BN De Stem other media are interested in our story also. The Dagblad van het Noorden (literal translation: daily of the north) wants to interview Victor, seeing he lives in the provence of Groningen (=in the north of the Netherlands). AD wants to write a story shedding a light on several sides of our story. I like that idea most. And RTV Noord is planning on filming our reunion. They’re going to report live when Victor and I meet again after 39 years. As it looks now, our reunion weekend in Groningen will be buzzing.

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On the calender

Hooray, we’ve set a date! Soon, Victor and I will meet (again). Victor invited me and my family to stay to come over. He, his girlfriend and their two children live in the north of the Netherlands. That means a two hour drive. With the (sort of) daily schedule of our twins it will therefor be a little challenging to determine at what time we will meet. But they’ve already thought of that. “You can sleep here.” The unmistakable hospitality with which it is offered, makes me feel sincerely welcome. It also feels like we have…

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