A week on the camino

‘Buen camino!’, it sounds so exotic when you first hear it. After a few days on trail, it’s the most common greeting that leaves your mouth as easily as ‘hola’. And that is what the camino is all about. These two words, buen camino, sum up the journey perfectly. There is an amazing sense of…

Exploring Galicia

So I haven’t been in Spain in ages and I’m about to lead a tour in an area I have never been to. Ok, it’s walking the camino to Santiago de Compostela, so our main activity will be walking, but I could do with a brush up on Spanish culture. I read up on the…

Stepping back in time

I fell in love with the old town of Dubrovnik. What a pretty place this is! As soon as you enter through the old Pile gate, you step back in time. It’s like the middle ages, only with a bunch of souvenir shops and without the smells of piss and garbage. The new and improved…

A trip leader’s dream

My job comes with a lot of perks. I get to travel and I get paid for it. Sometimes however, those perks also give you a disadvantage. Occasionally I get to visit places I’ve never been to before. It means I’m up for an adventure in many ways. It means I get to explore and…

A one day island getaway

It was the perfect time to visit Dubrovnik. The weather was nice, but not too hot and there were tourists, but not too many. I had to prepare for my upcoming trip, but could do this while enjoying the sun and exploring the area. On day I made my way over to Lokrum island, a…

Spring is here

I’m back in The Netherlands and last time I was here I promised myself I would see and do more in my little country. South East Asia was very exotic and coming back home I feel a bit of reversed culture shock. It’s a week later now and at times I still feel bad when…

Elections

Today is election day in The Netherlands. For the first time in a long time I am actually voting. It’s not like I wasn’t interested before, but being abroad always makes it more awkward. Even now I had to arrange my vote 4 months ago, when the parties hadn’t even started campaigning yet. When I…