Photos of home

It’s nearly time to go home, or at least move on. In less than a month I’ll be leaving this incredible place. For a few more weeks I am surrounded by mountains. Snow is starting to fall on the peaks. The leaves are changing colors in the valley. I’ve got a little bit more time to…

Icy colours on a hot summer day.

It felt like the first day of summer. Sure, it was the end of July, but until now it had been more like fall. Just when we started to give up on it, the sun magically appeared and people started to post photos of it on Facebook, captioning ‘What is this unknown object in the…

Back to winter in the Rockies

It was cold. It was freezing. But we were in the rockies and there was so much to explore. They had recently opened moraine lake, close to lake Louise, so with a few keen hikers from the hostel I rented a car and we made our way over. At 1884 meters altitude it was even colder…

Travel theme: outdoors

I spent quite a bit of time outdoors in the last two weeks. There have only been a couple of days that I haven’t been out and about, exploring forests, mountains or coastal areas. There is something calming about being out there. It’s just you and your thoughts, or perhaps some music. Everything is simple. All…

Tasting the Rangitata

“Paddle, paddle, paddle.” I hear from behind me. I put my paddle in the water like a woman on a mission. The further we go, the more confidence I gain and the further I hang out of the boat. It probably doesn’t look half as cool as it does in my head, but in my…

Get your swag out!

Say what now? No, a swag has nothing to do with today’s oh-so-cool youth and their attitudes. One can swagger, but will never be as cool as sleeping in a swag. A swag is a big sleeping bag with a built-in mattress, a zipper along the side and a flap to put over your head…

Pedal power: Ruissalo

In the Netherlands I own three bicycles. I use them to go to work, to go to the shops or to visit friends. It’s my main mode of transportation. While travelling I don’t often get the chance to go on a bike ride and when I do, it can get quite uncomfortable. All of that…