I feel privileged to be part of the Aux 3 Pommes team and I am happy to introduce myself to you. I was born and raised in the Netherlands (Holland) and lived there for almost 30 years of my life. I was born in a little village called Spakenburg, where the people still wear colorful costumes and wooden shoes and where the harbor is filled with wooden fishing boats. During the years in middle- and high school I studied English, French and German and Tourism/management.
At a young age I had the chance to start my own business and a travel agency was born. During the 11 years of running my company I traveled all over the world. As a traveler who wanted to know the people and their culture I made sure I always could speak some of the countries language! People love to hear you say thank you and a simple how are you in their own language. Then 10 years ago I moved to the US and here I focused on my family first. Still I made sure my children would be able to communicate with their family and friends in Holland. It is always so much fun to speak Dutch while we are grocery shopping and nobody understands what we are saying.
Knowing how to speak different languages and knowing different cultures has a huge positive influence on your life. I am looking forward to teach Dutch and to give students also a view of this little country in Europe. Even though we are small we have a rich culture and interesting history to get to know. Our language is fun to speak and to listen to. By the way, don’t you want to know why we are called the Netherlands but I will always say: I am from Holland?
Hopefully I will see you soon and we can go on a Dutch adventure!!
Esther Meester J