On Saturday 4 June 2022 broadcast, we see how the Geurts of Spain draw inspiration from the Mensingh family of Italy and vice versa. Both spouses are eager to learn from each other how to combine work from home and family life. How did the couples experience it and what advice did they take with them?
Feikje, Dirk, Siem, Jep and Boaz Geurts Villa Atalanta update
We enjoyed our trip to Rosalie and Jean Paul in Italy. If you’re happy to have guests day and night, it’s great to get away from it all and not have to think about anything. to pamper yourself. And see how your colleagues are doing, both professionally and privately. and combine them.
Rosalie and Jean Paul gave a great performance. They built a beautiful holiday resort in a great location. For us, it was great to see how many facilities they have set up for the kids and how our kids had such a good time in their compound. The recordings of the Ik Vertrek Even Weg episode were also a good opportunity for us to look back through the camera for the past five years, the period we lived in Spain.
For us the conclusion is that we are very happy with our life here. Very happy and proud of what we achieved in that time. We are all healthy and have three sweet children. We’ve all found our way here. Handsome Jeb is doing well at school and they have friends. Boaz enjoys going to the nursery in the village and has a wonderful sweet teacher. The children speak fluent Spanish and we wait for Boaz to speak his first words. And of course we wonder if this will be in Spanish or Dutch. We have built a paradise here where we can receive wonderful guests.
We started in 2017 with the main building, made up of three apartments, we live in one of them. Next we built three separate houses plus the bar. It gives us so much energy every time we have guests having a good time here. People decide to spend one of their most important weeks of the year, the holidays, with you. This is a great honor. Hence there is no greater compliment imaginable than that which they enjoy.
Balance life with work
Of course not all roses and sunsets. Owning your own business means working hard. Especially in combination with a family with three young children. This leaves a little time for yourself. Sometimes we have to find a good work-life balance. But there is so much beauty in return: few people will see their children grow up very soon. Jeb, Wasim, and Boaz always have their mother and father around. Plus, with the guests’ kids, there are always friends around to play with. Add to that the garden, the pool and the nice weather. What do you want too?
We have more plans and ambitions. We recently bought our neighbors house. We are currently converting it into a new vacation home. We hope to welcome the first guests there in July. In addition, we are investigating the possibility of developing a new holiday complex at a different location in Andalusia. Different area, different people, different customs…but for now we are at the top of our mountain and enjoying the Spanish life here to the fullest.
Rosalie, Jean Paul, Dylan, Isabella Casa and Glamping Sorriso update
And so we are two years later, after I’m leaving. We were totally happy with the family from Spain being paired up with. There was an instant click and of course the conversations started and the kids could play. There were many interfaces with problems and beautiful experiences. It’s funny to meet a family that has so many similarities!
After visiting our location in Italy it quickly became cozy and casual with a glass of wine. Many conversations about bureaucracy and organization alternated with conversations about nice guests and activities. And soon there were also talks about organization and how nice it is when you have a soundboard for your thoughts or doubts! As a result, we immediately adjusted our evening dinners, for example.
We also ended up in a warm bath in Spain. In the meantime, there was still a lot of communication, and thus the reception was more than warm! Immediately all kinds of conversations of all kinds arose. With a controlled sigh we said goodbye after a wonderful few days in Spain and kept calling the whole time elapsed! It was even considered whether it was possible to watch the broadcast together halfway through. Unfortunately it wasn’t possible due to the crowds, but outside of Ik Departure we as families will definitely visit each other again.
Our life in Italy
Kids are used to it here. Dylan is fluent in Italian and regularly goes to the village to play with friends. We hear praise for him every 10 minutes of conversation at school. Parents are very proud here! Isabella does her own business and messes around in the kindergarten. I’ve really noticed that she’s really enjoying all these kids with us this season. As a creative and executive couple, we’re so happy we can do this, but just like everyone else, we want to stick together behind the scenes every now and then!
Casa Sorriso is evolving and looking to the future with a big smile! The tents are back in full glory with a beautiful view, plans are in place, now let the season begin!
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