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Paris: Think big

Finally, the time of trips to nearby European cities has returned. Maybe not so great for the earth, but great for me! In the past weeks I visited Paris and Lisbon like the pandemic never existed. I must say, it feels great to have these opportunities again. To have the luxury to go wherever you want. To spend one weekend sipping wine on a boat passing the Louvre and the… Lees verder »Paris: Think big

Bella Italia

This summer we took our campervan out for its first real trip: three weeks of touring through Italy. It was equipped with fans and a fridge, what more do you need? Who cares that we would be sleeping underneath a ceiling covered in black insulation material and not much else! We loaded a surprisingly large amount of stuff into the van and took off. To Poggibonsi and beyond! Unexpected destinations… Lees verder »Bella Italia

I love Ireland

There are three countries that hold a special place in my heart: Ireland, Spain and Uganda. A while ago I declared my love for Spain, now it is time to pay homage to Ireland. Cause boy do I like that country! And even more: its people. Sure, it rains a bit too often for my taste and the food is not necessarily refined, but other than that I could definitely… Lees verder »I love Ireland

homenaje a España | homage to Spain

I love Spain! And what better time to pay homage to one of my favourite countries than these dark autumn days. I have to admit, Spain is in fierce competition with Ireland for the title of ‘best country in the world’, but I will elaborate on that some other time. For now, let me take a mental journey to the country in which so many memorable moments took place. Throughout… Lees verder »homenaje a España | homage to Spain

Living the good life in France

I celebrated this year’s summer holiday in France. Due to corona, our options were fairly limited compared to previous years. As we were not overly enthusiastic about getting on a germ tube we opted for a destination somewhere in Europe. Realising that it is highly unlikely that I will be on a plane this year feels rather odd, though it is great for the climate of course. I cannot remember… Lees verder »Living the good life in France

Gorillas in the mist

I have seen the mountain gorillas. Gorilla tracking is one of Uganda’s main tourist attractions and when I was living in Kampala I could not but make the trip down south. And what a trip it was! It involved lots of rain, mist, mud, having our car pushed up some hills by a bunch of friendly villagers, an eight-hour long hike through the forest and some very impressive primates. That… Lees verder »Gorillas in the mist

On top of the Nyiragongo

‘Welcome to the country everybody says you should not go!’. These were the words with which Daniel, our tour guide, welcomed us to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Ok, at that time we were still in Gisenyi, Rwanda but the message was clear. Everyone is very conscious of the fact that DRC is not a prime tourist destination, or a completely safe one for that matter. So why on… Lees verder »On top of the Nyiragongo

Feeling comfortable in Lebanon

At the moment of writing this piece I am flying somewhere over the European mainland. I am returning from a one-week work trip to Lebanon. Travelling for work is always different. I prepare for meetings or workshops and do my reading on the context of whatever I will be doing. But somehow I always seem to forget about informing myself of the country I am travelling to. Except for security… Lees verder »Feeling comfortable in Lebanon

Mighty glaciers and tiny houses in Iceland

Iceland had been on my wish list of countries to visit for quite a while now. Inspired by stories from friends that had been there and all the jaw-dropping photos on the internet I was expecting a country offering sweeping landscapes and stunning views. So when it presented itself, I took the opportunity to visit the southern part of the country. The thing with expectations though, is that when they… Lees verder »Mighty glaciers and tiny houses in Iceland

Travelling the Trans-Mongolian

I do not know where to start. How to describe a trip through three countries, across two continents in just 18 days? There are plenty of words that come to mind: views, lemmings, trees, more trees, desert, camel, more trees, heat, cold, encounters, Google Translate, vodka and some more trees. Above all, taking the Trans Mongolian Express from Moscow to Beijing is a journey. According to the Oxford Dictionary a… Lees verder »Travelling the Trans-Mongolian