What made you choose Ostend over Paris and London?
Lieven suggested that we move to Belgium. He wanted to come back, and we thought about Ostend because it was affordable back then. We both wanted to live by the sea. I grew up by the sea in England and he’d always wanted to retire to the coast. We moved twelve years ago, and my children were born here. At first I worked for the Museum of Fine Arts in Ghent, but through learning Dutch I discovered an aptitude for translation work. Now I run a full-time business. One of the nice things about Ostend is the proximity of the sea. Sometimes I get caught up in my own little world, but I can always go for a walk and there’s the sea, a magical antidote to the stresses and strains of the day.
With your home as your office, work never stops.
People think I have a relaxing lifestyle, but I’m always working and I’m very strict. I’ve got office hours and I’m constantly behind my desk. I’m working hard all of the time. The life of a freelance translator is quite secluded, reclusive sometimes. But my job suits me perfectly. I love going back to England because of my family, and as a translator and editor I can take my work with me. All I need is an Internet connection, my phone and my documents. After all, I am mobile.
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