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You can find Dutch people all around the globe. In the smallest little villages there is always someone Dutch or with Dutch roots. I have experienced that over the years living in different places like Barcelona, San Francisco and now San Diego. I love to travel and have made it my job. Guiding/touring people around in fascinating places. That is not work, that is a blessing!

My name is Nathalie d’Adelhart Toorop. Yes! From the famous artist Jan Toorop and painter Charlie Toorop. I was born in Utrecht, the Netherlands, I am half Dutch/half Indonesian.
What I miss most about the Netherlands is my family and my moms mean meatballs, bitterballen, a cold beer on a terrace on a warm summer night, Dutch festivals and the polonaise (a ceremonial march like dance).
What I love about the US is the beautiful nature, beaches, the courtesy of people, nobody asks about your age or your salary, people applaud it when you start something new, a good old fashioned hamburger and a milkshake, family traditions, Halloween and Thanksgiving, and so much more.

For the Dutch in San Diego website John (the heartbeat behind Dutch in San Diego and the Dutch meetup) and I thought it would be fun if I would write once a month about something in the San Diego area from a Dutch angle. Being Dutch brings great perspective on things and why not share that to whomever is interested?

To be continued.

Nathalie d’Adelhart Toorop
Adelhart Tours & Events
http://www.adelhart.com

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Hartelijk Welcom!

Welcome to the website for the Dutch Group of San Diego (Dutch San Diego). This group began in 2004 when I created a meetup group to meet other folks of Dutch Heritage and hopefully to learn some Dutch.

As a first generation American born of a Dutch mother, I wanted to connect with that part of my heritage more and hopefully learn the language. I enjoyed travelling in Europe and meeting relatives in the country.

I am not conversational in the language yet, practice and life continue to distract me, but I am making progress a little at a time and now we have an involved Dutch community in San Diego.

The Meetup Group – Dutch San Diego –  is still the core of the communication of events, but I thought it would be good to expand out a bit and obtain the webpage and post some information this way as well for those who are not Meetup Members.