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To adventure, or not to adventure…

After completing my studies, I had no idea what I wanted to do. I felt restless and really didn’t want to start my working career and settle down just yet. I never planned on taking a gap year and being an Au Pair wasn’t even on my list of options.

My best friend wanted to Au Pair and I took her to the interview. The lady invited me in and I went, still not wanting to Au Pair. As I listened to what she was saying it felt like my view on Au Pairing shifted completely. I used to think it was simply being someone else’s maid – and I didn’t want to do that. The more she spoke about it, the more I was intrigued and I thought “why not?”.

From there everything happened at the speed of light. I filled in the forms and everything that goes with it, and didn’t have to do much (thanks to the Au Pair agency) and within a couple of days a host family was interested in me. We had an interview and loved each other immediately. After a couple of months, I was at the airport on my way to adventure. This was my very first time flying – I was nervous as hell to be on an airplane for hours! The goodbyes were bittersweet. I am extremely close with my family and it was sad to leave, but my mom encouraged me to do this, to experience a whole new world. And boy was it new!

The Netherlands was wonderful! The way of living was so completely opposite of what I was used to, and within a few months I grew up, I grew brave, I grew within. Suddenly there’s no one to really go places with as I was far away from friends. I had to travel and explore alone. That sounds glum and boring, but it wasn’t! On my first off day, I put a book in my bag and I decided to just get lost. I wasn’t scared, I was excited. I roamed the streets of Den Haag on that first day, and I fell in love. I sat in cafés alone and just watched the people going about their day.

My host family was wonderful and we quickly became friends. They had three children, aged 3, 5 and 7, and I was nervous knowing that they’d be my responsibility. The nerves went away after finding my feet and I grew to love them as if th