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about us
y name is Theo Voorbij. Our last name is pronounced as 4bye. I am married to Jeannette and  we have two children, Tim and Cheyenne. We are from the Netherlands (Europe), a very small country with more than 16 million people. To the east lies Germany and to our left, across the North Sea, lies Great Britain. We live about 20 miles (30 kilometers) from Amsterdam.

How does a family gets so crazy about the USA? I think we have to go back to the time I was a young boy, watching every movie I could possibly see. I went to the cinema's also at a younger age
Tim & Cheyenne at Black Canyon of the Gunnison NP, CO (2000)
and later when movie's came to video I rented a lot of movies. Most of them were American made and were shot in the USA. This way, I got a good picture of what the States would look like. Here's an example: I have seen the movie "Southern Comfort" a couple of times (with the great music of Ry Cooder), and was so impressed by the swamps of Louisiana that I had to go there. There are so many movies with scenic backgrounds that a foreigner should at least get an idea how parts of the States must look like! Just see "Thelma & Louise", "Tombstone", and "Dances With Wolves" to name a few. Another hobby of mine is photography. My first job, in fact, was working in a photography section of a big department store. Through them I got tickets for a video-rental exchange. When I walked there for about 10 minutes I decided I was going to start my own video-rental store! So with these two hobbies combined it was obvious that I had to go to the United States one day. And so we did...

Jeannette & Tim (1999)
In 1991 we went to the United States for the first time and we were addicted right away. You have to keep in mind that since I started my store in 1984, I had not got much vacation after all, and I was thinking I had to be there myself all the time. The few weeks that we went on vacation before that time, I was glad I was back home because I thought I had to be in the store for my customers. Man, was I wrong! When we came to the USA, already after a few days, I said to Jeannette that even if my store would burn down I would not come back before our vacation was over! We enjoyed it so much that we decided to come back. We married in 1992 and guess were we went to for our honeymoon? We started in Florida, drove along the coast to Alabama, Mississippi and, of course, Louisiana to see the swamps. Then we went through Texas, Oklahoma, and Colorado up north visiting Yellowstone and Glacier and left finally from Seattle. I couldn't imaging a better honeymoon. We even bought a 1978 Trans Am in Montana and shipped it to the Netherlands. I sold it again later because it had no T-Tops. Later I bought a couple of other cars which I sold again later on. In 1995 I bought a 1975 Chevrolet Caprice Classic Convertible that I still own at this time. With the Chevrolet Caprice we drove from Kingsman, Arizona (were I bought the car from a retired policeman) to San Francisco where I shipped it to Holland. That last week was very special because it was so much fun driving in such a car.

1975 Chevrolet Caprice Classic

We came back many times after 1991 and took a lot of pictures that you can see here. I also started right away with my license plate collection, at first to have a license plate of every state we came through, but later I collected all kinds. So you see we really got addicted to the USA. The last years we try to find spots or l

Wouldn't this look great!
ocations that are not known to a lot of tourists, or that are further away from the major attractions. This way we find the nicest places to take pictures. Sometimes we also rent a 4 wheel drive to see the back country. The area around Moab, Utah is very beautiful, with Arches NP, Canyonlands NP en Dead Horse Point NM. If you would ask us what we think are the most beautiful states we would probably say Utah and Colorado. Utah (south) because it has a lot of National Parks close to each other, but look all different. People should see the Arches, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, Bryce Canyon and Zion. Also Lake Powell and surrounding area are very beautiful. Colorado appeals to us because of the Rockies and forests. It also has beautiful National Parks like the Black Canyon, Mesa Verde and Rocky Mountain. Of course this doesn't mean we don't like the other states. Far from that, but so far these two would be our favorites.

When we went on vacation in 1996, Jeannette was pregnant and we thought it would be the last time for a longer period that we would visit the USA. But when Tim
Tim & Jeannette (1997)
was born the three of us traveled again to the USA and everything went great. In October 1997, we spent a 10 day vacation in New England, it was gorgeous to see the colors of the leaves changing. We definitely want to do it again some day. In 1999 we rented our first motorhome and I have to say it was great. If I had only known before...! You have everything at hand and you are closer to nature than ever before. A lot of times we woke up with nobody around. Especially with our kids it's fantastic. Update May 2012: In 2010 my mother bought an RV that we keep in the States. Now our family can enjoy it each year and spent less money in the end, compared to renting all the time. The family used it a couple of times so far and it's awesome to have all our stuff at hand. We leave some clothing and shoes behind so that we don't have to carry that in our suitcases anymore. And yes, our name is on the license plate! I bought it as a gift for my mother. For Americans it's probably no big deal, but for us Europeans with our dull license plates it's extra fun.

our USA license plate example of a Dutch license plate

I told about the way we got to the USA the first time but let me explain why we still like it so much: The first thing is the space! You can walk for hours and don't see people, houses, cars or civilization. Just
Tim & Cheyenne (2000)
nature! On the other hand, and I admit it's contradictory, if you need anything, YOU CAN FIND IT. Second, the English language is very easy to learn, and since we don't synchronize the movies into our language like in Germany, France and many other countries, we grow up with English. Most Americans are very friendly and try to have a conversation. There is a big variety in nature and scenic spots. It's a photographer's paradise. We live in one of the most crowded countries in the world so it's such a relief to come over and enjoy all the space. Also one can rent without any fuzz motorhomes, cars, boats, bikes etc. which makes the fun even greater. This country is also great for kids. You see, I should be in advertising but it's the way we feel about the USA.

Colorado in september (2000)