My name is Jens and I was born in the early 70s in New Zealand to German immigrants – giving me dual nationality. I left New Zealand in 1997 with the idea of returning in two-to-four years time; twenty-two years later, at the start of 2019, I came to the conclusion that I won’t be returning. I have travelled extensively for both leisure and work, but in terms of working career it has been marketing, advertising and internet startups in London, England and finally Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
In 2010 I stopped my career and became a house-husband to take care of the home front and support my wife who is a Child Psychiatrist. I have two girls, both entering puberty, which can be intense. I am a class-father and librarian of my youngest; observing how children are raised and schooled in modern society has given me much to think about. I enjoy nature, walking, cycling, camping, museums, philosophy, spirituality and finding ways to live sustainably. Occasionally I volunteer at the community centre.
Earlier in 2019 I started a project based on my interests called DeWandelaar (DeWandelaar.org, DeWandelaar.nl and DerWanderer.de). That translates to ‘The Wanderer’. Now I’m staying in Europe, I decided to learn some languages, so forgive the errors, but I am not a perfectionist. I am not on social media much as it is not high on my priorities and find it hard to sit in front of a computer these days. However I will try for this Rocur project, and I’m hoping the experience will show me how to do it efficiently!