About me

Hi, I’m Rachel. Rachel’s Ruminations is a travel blog focused on my personal responses to what I see and experience as I wander the paths of my life. I also explore other topics such as parenting, education or current issues, often from an expatriate perspective. If you’re looking for more information about the blog, here is my media kit.

I’ve also written a book but I’m still in search of an agent and publisher. It’s a memoir and travel narrative about my recent trip back to Malawi 25 years after serving there as a Peace Corps volunteer. Besides including lots of stories about my life and adventures back then, the book brings up some pointed questions about the value of development aid, charity, the Peace Corps and my life since then, all of which are addressed here and there on this blog as well.

I live in Groningen, in the northeast of the Netherlands, but come from Connecticut originally. I’ve lived here long enough to feel like it’s home—most of the time, at least. My husband, Albert, is Dutch, which is why I’m here. We have two kids: a daughter who isn’t a kid anymore and is studying graphic design in the US, and a son who’s in the equivalent of 11th grade.

My regular job is teaching English and American Studies at a teacher-training college. I also lead teacher workshops on occasion and do some copy-writing too. What I especially love to do, of course, is travel, and I love the combination of writing and traveling.

So that’s me in a nutshell. I hope you enjoy what I post here; feel free to leave comments!

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  • Valerie

    March 9, 2014 at 4:00 pm

    Hi Rachel. I’m loving your ruminations! I came across you on Twitter and noticed we have a tiny bit of simpatico going on – you’re an American from Connecticut living in Nederland; I’m an American married to a Dutchman living in Connecticut! Good to see you’re enjoying life in the land of the Dutch!


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