I’m a writer, traveller and photographer with a very useful pen and paper addiction. You might also know me as one of the Netherlands Tourism Board‘s Holland Ambassadors.
What? That Wasn’t Enough of an Introduction for You?
I was born in Indiana, USA and my childhood years were filled with downtown corn roasts, riding my bike to Walgreens and munching on soft pretzels in the over chlorinated air at the Hub Pool. When I was 16 I walked onto a plane with a chesire cat grin on my face, bound for Estonia via New York and Helsinki. For one year I lived the life of a Rotary Youth Ambassador travelling to places such as Russia, Italy and Sweden.
Somewhere between learning how to walk in heeled boots on the ice covered cobblestone streets of Tallinn and the sour cream topped solyanka soup, I realized Europe was the place for me.
In 1998 I moved to London, England where I lived for nine years. The vibe of the city with its atmosphere of potential and success is something I will always love and miss. In 2007, I packed my bags once more, this time with two cats in tow, and jumped onboard a Stena Line ferry landing in Rotterdam, the Netherlands (well technically Hoek van Holland).
What About Cloggie Central?
1. nickname for the Dutch based on the stereotype that they always wear wooden shoes, also known as clogs
Cen·tral /sĕn’trŭl/ adj.
1. of, at, or forming the centre
2. accessible from a variety of places
Cloggie Central is a travel blog about living in and travelling around the Netherlands. But because Saint Augustine said “the world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page,” any location that can be reached from the Netherlands is fair game.
Random Facts About Heather:
- My favourite animal is the hippopotamus. I like them so much that I even have a tattoo of one.
- I have dual citizenship – American and British.
- I haven’t thrown up since I was ten and even then I had pneumonia.
- I have a master’s degree in criminology and criminal psychology.
- I am petrified of dark, spooky places – I can get through the London Dungeon but only by not stopping to look at anything.
- I despise mushrooms – they look, taste, feel and smell disgusting!
- I have a fear of fish touching me, this made snorkelling and scuba diving a bit more challenging (but not impossible!).
- I am a big chicken when it comes to pain – when I almost sliced the tip of my finger off I refused to go to the hospital as I couldn’t cope with the idea of them stitching it – I have a really cool scar now though!