News from Jo in The Hague

“The past five months in The Hague seem to have flown by, but it’s beginning to feel more like home. We were lucky to have good weather here late summer, which meant we were able to explore a lot of the area by bike. The public transport is good, and it’s quick and easy to get to Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Delft.

Since September I have been a part-time volunteer at an organisation called ‘ACCESS’ which provides support and advice to the city’s overseas community. I started off working as a Helpdesk Advisor, but from January I will be the Helpdesk Coordinator, a job I think I will enjoy. I am still looking for paid employment, but the part-time voluntary work gives me the opportunity to do other things, such as learning Dutch! I have completed my introductory Dutch course, and I’ve signed up for the next level. The most difficult thing I find with the Dutch language is the pronunciation. Very different to English, although some similarities with Welsh, so that helps a little.

I often think about you all, especially on 13th December when it was the Crossroads Christmas party. My dad attended the event and said how lovely it was, so well done to Matt for helping to make it such a success. I’ve been back to Cardiff/the Vale twice since I moved to the Netherlands, and I will be back in 2013 so maybe I’ll bump into some of you on one of my return visits! In the meantime, I would like to wish you and your families a peaceful New Year.”                           Jo Hendry