This is a blog set up to keep my family and friends easily updated about my year abroad as an Au Pair in Belgium.


It’s the year 1996 and the Brenneman family are hosting a young man named Jean-Gobert from Belgium. Jean-Go fits into the family so well, it’s like he was always the son and brother they never had.

April 1997: Jean-Go’s family comes to visit (minus one sister) and good times are had by all.

Summer 2002: Jean brings his sister Adeline to meet us (because she was unable to come with the family 3  – uh, I guess I can’t count, pfsh 5 – years before).

December 2009: Jean’s second sister (Aurore), her husband Jean-Francois and their daughter are living in Quebec. Adeline, husband Greg, and son, along with Jean go there for Christmas.

Wednesday December 30 2009-Sunday January 3 2010: The group from Quebec comes to the Brenneman home in Ontario for New Years.  Good times are again had by all. Adeline (when she’s sees how well her son and Holly get along) says that when Holly comes to Belgium she should babysit, and Ma Brenneman (tee hee hee) pipes up and says ‘she could be a nanny!’. Adeline says they will consider it. Holly (who thought her mother was joking), is surprised to find out Mother was completely serious!

April 2010: Adeline contacts Holly to see if she is still interested in being an Au Pair. Of course Holly says yes! And so begins the long process of information swapping, embassy contacting, picture-taking, finding out Holly can’t graduate and must take another course in the Fall…ing, that finally results in Holly being able to go.

December 29 2010: Holly arrives in Belgium at 7:45(ish)am! After an interesting flight (who would have thought they’d serve curry on an Indian airline……..for the record, I don’t like curry, its way too hot :P. And that thing that looks like a green bean…yeah, it’s definitely NOT), and finally receiving her luggage – which you absolutely can’t miss because they’re a bright teal colour with these awesome multi-coloured bag tags from Jackie B – she walks out to find Jean-Go and Greg waiting for her. When they get to the car Jean proceeds to give an explanation of Belgian politics (which are very confusing…and we thought Quebec’s issues with the rest of Canada were bad!). After about a 45-50min (?) drive and  a run-down on the rest of the day, the trio arrive in the village of Wasseiges, the home of Holly for the next year.

**End Flashback**

Okay. I’m sorry for writing that in 3rd person most of the time and I’m sorry if it switches tenses a lot. It’s late, but I’ll got back and look it over again later. This is basically what I can remember on how things ‘went down’ and why I am Au Pair in Belgium and why this and why that. I hope this was, in the least, a little entertaining!  That is, of course – as well as being informative – my goal with this blog. And my goal in life actually. There should be jobs where you get paid to entertain…oh wait, there are! I need to get in on that.

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  1. Ooh! Sounds like fun! I think I should try something like this, and move to another country for a while too. Thank you for the inspiration! 🙂

  2. Holly, I’m nominating you for the Reader’s Appreciation Award. Just another milestone on your blogging journey!

    • Wow, thanks! I’m flattered. I still have a Versatile award to respond to, lol. Maybe I’ll do the two at the same time.

  3. Hello Holly. I really liked Belgium. I lived in Duesseldorf Germany for four years in my early twenties…and traveled to Belgium for work and pleasure. I hope you get around to see lots of Europe…so much to learn and enjoy:) I like the blog too…good solid focus. Will follow.

    • Thanks! I’ve seen bits and pieces around here. I’ve driven through Germany and we stopped near Munich before going to the Dachau concentration camp. Man, I need to update my pages… I’m going to London in a couple of weeks to visit a friend. I have 4 posts about actual interesting stuff that I still have to write. Lately I’ve been uninspired. Thanks again for following!

  4. Dropped by through your comment on Regected Riter’s Broadway piece–stayed for the hilarious spam that garnered its own page. Interested to read further.

    BTW, writing my own piece springboarding from RR’s, and was wondering if you’d be OK with me quoting your comment–that was one of the thoughts that inspired me to write it in the first place (as I listen to my newly-acquired Legally blonde BST)!

    • Awesome! Thanks for stopping by. I give you fully permission to quote my comment, lol. Can’t wait to read it when it’s finished. I will definitely swing on over to check out your blog at some point, I’m a bit behind on blog reading at the moment :S.

  5. I just gave you the Versatile Blogger award. 🙂

  6. Thank you for subscribing to my blog!

  7. Androgoth

     /  September 18, 2011

    I would imagine that your adventure as an
    Au Pair in Belgium is a very interesting one
    to say the very least, I will have to call back
    sometime and read your blogs 🙂

    In the meantime why not take a browse inside
    My Gothic Realm, I am sure that there will be
    something that will whet your appetite 🙂

    Have a very nice rest of weekend Hollyjb


    • Thanks for stopping by. I will come on over some time soon. It is interesting to say the least. Quite the adventure!

  8. Hi Holly! I just saw that you subscribed to my blog. Thanks so much! I’m signing on to your blog. Your experiences on being an Au Pair in Belgium sounds like something I’d like to follow.


    • Thanks so much Lorna! I’ve been blogging since the end of December, but I didn’t really get ‘involved’ with other bloggers until Lafemmeroar. She’s brought us all together ^_^. Even though I’m more than half way through, there are still more interesting things to come and sights I still plan on seeing, so hopefully you’ll read something that sparks your interest!

  9. Thank you so much for subscribing, and visiting 🙂 Sounds like you have a lot of busy days ahead of you and well worth memories in the making. Good luck!!

    • Thanks and yes, things are busy although they’ve slowed down a bit for the time being. I’m still playing catch up with my subscriptions, but I have all the emails saved in a folder so I won’t forget!

  10. What an amazing journey! Love every minute of it! Can’t wait to read more. ~Pam

  11. Diane

     /  January 9, 2011

    Hi Holly:
    I am so enjoying reading your blog. What a wonderful experience for you. Tell Jean-Go hello from me, from Canada’s west coast. When are your parents planning on a visit. I know your Mom will be looking forward to it since she has wanted to go to Belgium for a visit for a long time.
    Aunt Diane

    • I will tell Jean hello for you. I don’t quite know when they’re coming. We haven’t figured it out yet. I’m glad you’re enjoying reading this, I’m enjoying writing it (when I have stuff to write about!).

  12. Thanks ^_^

  13. Stu & Wendy

     /  January 1, 2011



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