Marissa AmsterdamToday it’s my pleasure to introduce Marissa Heldoorn, a 28 year old Dutch Australian born in Sydney Australia.   She is currently living in Novara, Italy (northern lakes region, near Lago Maggiore) as “my dutch passport allows me to live and work freely in Europe.”
Marissa’s story about her Dutch Australian connections:
My father was born in Amsterdam and the whole family (apart from his older brother) migrated to Oz when my dad was 18, joining extended family who had already emigrated.
I’m English mother tongue (being raised in Oz). Now that I live in Europe and having to learn another language (Italian) the hard way, I do wish I had been raised bi-lingual!
I usually visit The Netherlands when my parents visit from Australia and we go and see my uncle and his family (approx once every 5 years). Our next trip is planned for 2012 which will include a visit to Keukenhof in Spring to see the tulips in bloom.  Now that I’m in Italy I don’t really celebrate any Dutch holidays etc. But my family in Oz do occasionally and eat a lot of of Dutch food. In fact I sent my dad a hamper of dutch specialties for Christmas.
Marissa below on her last trip to the Netherlands with her mother.
Marissa Clob
Lovely to meet you Marissa…and to see that there are Dutch Australians all over the world.