Tales of foodie, sports loving Aussie expat in the Netherlands.

Earlier this year I found myself in Monteverde, Costa Rica. I was putting together a Facebook status – not your average Facebook status, but one of those monumental ones that scream, ‘look at me’ – and I thought about this blog.

You see, the Facebook status was commemorating the fact that ten years previously, I had hopped on a plane to Tokyo to begin a mammoth backpacking trip that would more or less change my life. It meant that my little blog, Olympic Wanderings, was also ten years old.

Except that I hadn’t posted a thing for about two years.

I thought about this for about five seconds before pressing publish and focusing my attention on more pressing matters like volcanoes, toucans and zip lining.

Much more exciting.

A couple of weeks later I was back home in Dordrecht, reading an email from my web hosting company. It was time to pay up again for another year of hosting. I remember theatrically drumming my fingers on my desk, trying to figure out what to do. My blog had always been the best souvenir of my travels, so I didn’t want to kill it. But at a few hundred euros a year, it was starting to be a bloody expensive souvenir.

If I wasn’t going to kill it, I was going to have to revive it. Simply the thought of this made me dread the future. Blogging had become a drag because of all the bells and whistles attached to it. All I’d ever wanted to do was write, yet most of my time working on my blog had been taken up with social media, promotion, cleaning up spam comments and editing my amateur photos. It just wasn’t fun anymore, so I stopped doing it.

If I was going to breathe life into this thing, I was going to have to do things differently. I was going to do it my way, which meant sporadic but long-winded posts, minimal photos and hardly any social media. So I contacted my friend Kay, who also has a great blog, ‘The Chaotic Scot’, and was put in contact with Nicola Devine. She’s the person who I can credit with taking my messy old blog and making it this shiny new thing. Meet ‘The View from the Office’, everybody.

Things have changed in the last few years. A lot of things, actually. When I last posted, I was just starting a new job as a cruise director with a river cruise company. I’m still there, meaning I’ve stuck with this job more than any other in my whole career. Days can be challenging, but I adore the job. Plus, I get plenty of time off, meaning even more travel opportunities. Get ready for posts on some of the places I’ve headed to – as diverse as Iceland, Kenya and Nicaragua – over the coming months.

Paul and I are engaged and still living in Dordrecht, although I’m now not some random Aussie with a residency permit but a fully-fledged dual citizen boasting a coveted EU passport. I’m looking forward to writing about the process I went through for this, which included passing the dreaded inburgering exam. I’ll give you a teaser: it was all a lot easier than I thought it would be.

My photos are still pretty rubbish and my posts will continue to be huffy and long-winded. But I don’t really care. I’m looking forward to blogging again. Welcome back.

Comments (9)

  • John / November 16, 2017 / Reply

    Glad to be back! I’ve missed this blog. Hope to hear some of your thoughts about the state of the travel industry – they were some of my favourite posts of yours in the past.

    • (Author) Caitlyn / November 17, 2017 / Reply

      Thanks John! I have a few of them in the drafts folder at the moment, so watch this space!

  • Anonymous / November 19, 2017 / Reply

    Happy you’re here and looking forward to reading about all your adventures as I plan my adventures ! I always love a fellow travelers advice and experience as a starting place.


  • Judy Serkes / November 19, 2017 / Reply

    Happy you’re here and looking forward to reading about all your adventures as I plan my adventures ! I always love a fellow travelers advice and experience as a starting place.


    • (Author) Caitlyn / November 27, 2017 / Reply

      Thanks so much Judy! Happy reading!

  • Britany / November 23, 2017 / Reply

    It looks great! Really excited to read what you have in store!

    • (Author) Caitlyn / November 27, 2017 / Reply

      Aw, schucks!

  • Sammi / November 24, 2017 / Reply

    This makes me sooooooo happy 🙂

    • (Author) Caitlyn / November 27, 2017 / Reply

      Haha thanks Sammi!

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