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Message in a Bottle Posted by on Oct 1, 2014 in News

Image by SergioDJT found in Flickr.com

Image by SergioDJT found in Flickr.com

We’ve all seen movies and heard of stories about messages in a bottle traveling to faraway lands. Well this week a bottle a Dutch sailor sent on 2012 in Kaap Hoorn made its way to the Australian island Macquarie. It is estimated that the fles traveled more than 18,600 kilometers, making from Zuid-Amerika through Antarctica and finally reaching the eiland. There is an address in the bottle making it possible to trace back the sailors who sent the message two years ago. The sailors hoped the bottle would make it to the Atlantic Coast.

If I were to write a message to a long lost loved one, in Dutch of course, I think my message would be something like this:

Mijn liefde,

Mijn leven zonder jou is niet hetzelfde.

Ik denk over je en wil je bij me.

Hoe lang moet je weg zijn?

Ik hoop dat je deze brief ontvangt want jij moet weten dat ik van je hou!

Kom terug alsjeblieft!


 What would your message in a bottle say?

Useful Vocabulary

de brief– the letter

de fles– the bottle

reizen– travel

de liefde– the loved one

houden van– love

haten– hate


ontvangen– receive

terugkomen– come back

het eiland– the island

Kaap Hoorn– Cape Horn

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About the Author: Karoly Molina

Since I was a little girl, I was fascinated with languages and writing. I speak English, Spanish, Italian, Dutch and a little bit of French. I am a writer, reader, language teacher, traveler, and a food lover! I now live in The Netherlands with my husband Riccardo, our cat Mona, and our dog Lisa, and the experience has been phenomenal. The Dutch culture is an exciting sometimes topsy-turvy world that I am happily exploring!