We are Nico and Marlies Wobben and in February 2008 we moved from the Netherlands to Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada! Nico is an RN at the General Hospital and I (Marlies) work from home, as an administrator at Canada Life and for my own web design business Feel The Fire. And we have 6 cats!

Wij zijn Nico en Marlies Wobben en in februari 2008 zijn we verhuisd van Nederland naar Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada! Nico is verpleegkundige in het General Hospital en ik (Marlies) werk thuis als administrator bij Canada Life en voor mijn eigen web design bedrijf Feel The Fire. En we hebben 6 katten!
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About Us

Contact: wobben at wobben.org

Nico Wobben
born: October 15th 1960 in Heerlen (Netherlands)

contact: nico at wobben.org
www.nicowobben.com (concert photography)

work: registered nurse at the Healthline 811 (medical advice phone line)
hobbies: heavy metal, (concert)photography, internet (news, metal, Canada, emigration, RVs), camping (motorhome), geocaching, reading (Stephen King, thrillers etc), cats

Marlies Wobben
born: Sept. 21st 1963 in Eindhoven (Netherlands)

contact: marlies at wobben.org
www.feelthefire.net (web design)

work: web designer/owner Feel The Fire Pages

hobbies: heavy metal, web design, internet, camping (motorhome), geocaching, crocheting, reading (Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones, (pre-)historical novels, Preston & Child thrillers), cats

We met somewhere in the early 80’s on concerts in the south of Holland. We didn’t know each other well, we’d just greet each other or maybe chat a bit. We lived one hour apart and as we both went to less concerts over the years, our paths didn’t cross much anymore after a while. Until 1993. We both were a fan of the Dutch band Whistler-Courbois-Whistler and went to a lot of their shows – where we would run into each other again several times! We clicked on a different level this time and started a friendship that soon turned into more 🙂 In December 1993 Marlies moved from Eindhoven to Heerlen to move in with Nico, in 1995 we bought a house and got married in 1996!

As you can see, we both love heavy metal and we loved to go to shows and festivals. That kind of changed in 2007 – not that we stopped loving the metal (still very active online for one), but we had hardly been to shows and festivals anymore that year. All our energy (and money) went to our emigration plans. Registrations, visa, paperwork, exams and flights all cost a lot of money and energy! It was a long road that had our priority, and early 2008 we finally were able to turn our dream into reality!! On February 18th we moved to Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada!!

Although we tried for a while, we have no kids, but we always had cats! In 2006 we had to say goodbye to the last one of our Dutch tribe, Robin, and we’d been catless for a year and a half. Horrible!! But with our plans of emigration we chose not to take in any new pets. Once we were settled in Canada, we adopted cats from the Humane Society and from friends and our family now includes 6 (once 7) sweet cats!

Early 2009 we bought a bad ass motorhome (30ft!) and started exploring the provincial and national parks here in SK and surrounding provinces. Most of our free time in the summer months we’re off, cats and all! In June 2010 we got our permanent visa.