ESTHER VAN DE PAAL IN AMSTERDAM
After living in New York City (where she got engaged), Brussels (where she got married) and London (where she got a couple of children and met the co-writers of this blog), Esther moved back to her home country to live in the real sin-city: Amsterdam. Trained as an architect, she likes things to be organized, functional and good-looking. As a mother of four, that seems hard to achieve, but at least her husband makes an effort. She is fond of little creative projects (cooking, drawing, sewing, and baking) and loves homemaking as much as she likes to travel.
COURTNEY ADAMO IN LONDON
Courtney was raised on a tulip farm in the northwestern corner of America. She studied journalism in Chicago, worked a little bit in Los Angeles, and then moved to London where she has lived for the past 11 years. She and her husband have four children: two boys and two girls. They live in leafy north London and can often be found trekking through Hampstead Heath on the weekends. She loves dark chocolate, her husband’s homemade pizza, Scandinavian design… and, of course, summertime!
EMILIE WALMSLEY IN PARIS
Emilie is a freelance animation producer in proud possession of a French and an Irish passport… but it’s actually not that simple. She grew up in Germany and in the States, and then finally landed in London. Having lived there for 10 years, she moved over to Paris four years ago, where she lives with her two daughters. Paris has not been without its trials, but the whole family has gotten used to fresh croissants in the morning and dog poop on the pavement all day long!
OUR AMAZING TEAM BEHIND THE SCENES:
HELEN IN AMSTERDAM
Helen is British born and bred, but love brought her from London to Amsterdam some 13(!) years ago. She lives in the heart of the city in the beautiful, historic Jordaan district, with her Dutch husband and 2 children. Rarely found without her bike, Helen loves the accessibility and international nature of the city. A video producer by trade, she likes things organised and ticking off lists. She loves the being a mum, baking and – keeping things balanced – football!
BETHIE IN LONDON
Born and raised in the same small town as Courtney, Bethie then lived in Washington, DC for eight years where she had a lively career as a professional singer. A husband, two kids, and a move across the pond later, Bethie still sings, but spends the majority of her days exploring London’s amazing parks, trying out new recipes, and dreaming of the next big adventure.
NINA IN AMSTERDAM
Growing up in the north of Germany, Nina has lived abroad since her mid-twenties. After finishing a business degree, she followed her husband to Ukraine where they started their family and Nina founded her own company producing children´s furniture and accessories.
Over six years and three children later (two girls and a boy), Nina and her husband moved to the Netherlands just in time to deliver their fourth child, a girl. They are living in an old farmhouse outside of Amsterdam where Nina enjoys being close to nature while knowing she is just a quick ride away from the city where she loves to visit museums and have a good cup of coffee with friends.