Maarten Meijer spent his childhood years in the small town of
Zeist in the Netherlands. After completing his school education,
he traveled extensively, from Ireland to Turkey, from Finland to
Spain. When Europe became a little small, he sailed a yacht across
the Atlantic Ocean to the Americas. After touring the Caribbean
islands, he landed in the USA. He enrolled at the State University
of New York, receiving a bachelor’s degree in science and a master’s
degree in philosophy. In 1982, he met his wife Myra, a New York
In 1991, a taste for new adventure drove the family, which by
then included a daughter and a son, to Russia. Maarten taught
philosophy in Moscow, and again traveled widely, from Riga and
the Crimea in the west to Lake Baikal and Vladivostok in the east.
He received his Ph.D. in Russian literature from Moscow State
University, writing a dissertation on an old favorite, Leo Tolstoy. In
Russia, the family befriended Russian Koreans and Korean natives
and developed a taste for kimchi and Korean hospitality.
This ultimately inspired a move to Korea in 2000. Maarten
taught English at a Seoul university for several years. He is fluent in
English, German, Russian, Dutch, and knows survival-French and
Korean. He is the author of What’s So Good about Korea, Maarten?
(Korea, 2005), Guus Hiddink – Going Dutch (Australia, 2006), Dick
Advocaat – de grote droom van de Kleine Generaal (Netherlands,
2009), Education War (Korea, 2009), and Guus Hiddink – portret
van een supercoach (Netherlands, 2010). From March 2006, he has
taught philosophy and ethics at a private international school in the
Korean mountains, while continuing his activities as an author, a
football commentator, and a social critic.
Maarten and Myra have a daughter and three sons. The second
son was born in Moscow; the third in Seoul.