What's in a nameBefore I tell you, I would like to introduce myself:
My name is Barbara Hertogs and I'm from the Netherlands, born and raised in the Southern town of Bergen op Zoom.
DutchessHow does Hertogs become dutchess?
I'll explain: Hertog means duke in English. And Hertogs is freely translated into 'from the duke', most likely referring to his offspring. Being Dutch and a the daughter of a duke (by name) this forms Dutchess.
FlyingFlying refers to a number of things:
First of all, it refers to my international work experience with ING Bank in Brussels, Belgium. And with Air France / KLM in Nice, France. Furthermore, KLM flew me to Kenya, where I worked as a volunteer early 2012.
Secondly, my travel experience. Growing up, the family travelled through Europe a lot. After I graduated I started to push the boundaries. Of far far away nations. Thus flying.
Thirdly, I like contributing my knowledge and expertise to all sorts of organisations anywhere in the world. The world is at armís reach and flying is the way to go.
I can be there in a day!
Last but not least, I 'fly' like a plane: I'm not bound to frontiers. I don't see barriers, just opportunities. I'm fast and I work efficiently too.
All together this makes me the:
Flying DutchessAnd combined this is a reference - with a wink - to Anthony Fokker. Fokker was a Dutch airplane builder from the early 20th century, who was nicknamed the Flying Dutchman.
And guess where part of his company was based? Yes, just outside Bergen op Zoom!