The oldest hostel I’ve stayed in

In Europe we are quite used to history being intertwined with our present and future. We shop in heritage buildings, visit towns with ancient city walls and don’t always take the time to appreciate it. It isn’t until we visit a place that’s missing this history that we realise what we’ve got. Yet when we…

An extraordinary traffic jam

After a beautiful morning exploring the ruins of Persepolis, we were filling our bellies and processing all the beauty at local buffet restaurant. We had just finished our after-lunch tea when our tour leader said it was time to go. Whereas we were usually pretty relaxed since we had a small group, our leader was…

Keeping up

The last 2 – 3 months have been a rush. I’ve been flying all over Europe, rushing from one place to the next, barely sleeping in my own bed. At the end of October I was in Romania for Halloween, straight through to Greece for work. Then after one night in my own bed I…

Persepolis still manages to impress

Around 550BC Cyrus the Great founded the Achaemenid Empire. He first defeated the Medes and from there the empire grew conquest by conquest. It became larger than any empire had been before. Cyrus himself built a palace at Pasargadae. His successors preferred other locations. Darius I founded a new capital in Persepolis and an equally…

A summer holiday after all

After visiting Bosnia and Herzegovina as a tour leader a few times, the country has simply stolen my heart. Ever since setting foot in it for the first time, I’ve been wanting more. I can never get enough of Sarajevo, with it’s gorgeous old center, the many shops, the fabulous food and the friendly people.…

Peaceful, pretty, powerful Thingvellir.

Usually I only dive in tropical waters. I quite enjoy immersing myself in the world of fish and coral, but not once have I seriously considered diving or snorkeling in cold water. That is, until my colleague signed me up for it. On a short, but sweet Iceland adventure I stood on a parking lot…

The world of black and blue

As part of my new job, I’m responsible for a team of tour leaders in Iceland. Iceland, being an island, is however detached from the continent and it seems like this physical distance is immediately creating an emotional distance as well. It almost feels like I manage two different teams, even though they all do…