Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Cultural differences – the start of a new blog series

This blog was started to document my IVF journey and after the birth of our second child last year, I wanted to find a way forward with it without giving up its original identity. I love the small community I’ve found through my blog and didn’t want to lose that. I also want to thank Mel, Lori and Kathy for making me think this through.

I was born and raised in the Netherlands, where I lived until I was 27. I then followed hubby (also Dutch) to the US, where we lived the (unintentional) DINK life for almost five years, before moving to France, where we’ve now been for over seven years already, which included a professional depression turned into reinvention, getting on the ART rollercoaster, being pregnant twice and now parenting two beautiful IVF boys.

One of the great things about reading (ALI) blogs from women around the world is that not only do we get to share similar experiences, but I also notice how things are done differently than I am used to here. It keeps my mind open for other options and sometimes also helps to keep things in perspective (especially when it comes to parenting, where everyone seems to have an opinion). Besides, there are of course the general cultural differences between France, Holland and the US that I’m experiencing on an almost daily basis.

With my name lostintranslation and my blog title also hinting to these differences (even if it is very focused on IVF), starting a blog series on Cultural Differences seemed almost a natural thing to do. Yes, after all, my blog still fits me!

I would love to make this a regular series (I still have to decide on the interval though) – I will try to vary the topics but, especially in the beginning, they will mainly include things that I experienced / am experiencing myself and noticed cultural discrepancies with - so infertility treatments, pregnancy and parenting (which still form the core of this blog) will be often featured.

I hope you will like it and will share how things work in your corner of the world by leaving comments on my posts. If you have ideas for certain topics, I would love to hear about them too! 

Check back for the first post in this new series on Monday, March 11 – the topic will be “La Bise” (yes, I’m referring to kissing, but as a greeting, not to the so-called French kiss!)
Update: you can find it here!


Kathy said...

Awesome! I am so proud of you for taking this leap of faith and starting your new series! Can't wait to participate! :)

Fran said...

I love it!! And may follow you on the same path!!!

St Elsewhere said...

So curious about the series!


Valery said...

looking forward to the differences!
I've heard someone from my yoga pregnancy class say something about epidurals in France....

Mina said...

Hi, I am new here, came from Elsie's blog.
I think this is a great idea. I would really love to hear what you have to say about cultural differences. I come from Eastern Europe, lived in France, Belgium, and now Germany, speak En, Fr, De, Sp, and Ro. I also understand a bit of Italian and Dutch, mostly through osmosis. :-)
So, I for one, can hardly wait. I may even join in the meme, if I have something to say worth of a post.