Only a few days before I’m off to Thailand. I’m excited, chaotic and nervous. I think it’s been the 3th or 4th time I’m going to Thailand but still every time I’m worried. Worried I forget something or something happens. Of course nothing happens or goes wrong, but first I have to pack my backpack. Every time a challenge. Do I need warm clothes? Do I need to bring my hiking boots? Or is my toothbrush, tickets and passport enough. I always pack too much, but for the…

world-sign

Do you want to travel the world? And don’t know how? Did you know that it’s pretty simple actually. When I tell people, who I just met or even some family members, about my trips around the world, they are surprised and ask me if it’s not dangerous. “But, what about your job? or your home? You don’t have any security…” There’s that word again “security”. A reason why a lot of people are afraid to travel around the world. Not knowing where your are going to sleep…

Meanwhile, it’s almost April and yeah, it’s still freezing here and it will be for at last another week here  in Holland. Spring, where did you go? I miss you. Most people I know, know I’m not real a winter person. The whole year 25 degrees? I don’t mind! So all this snow reminded me about my awesome travels and after a few months home, it’s time to travel again. Be free, enjoy the weather and enjoy life. So, let’s take a look at my awesome travel plans…

milfordsound

After windy Surat Bay, I drove along the coast to Te Anau. Where famous sounds where. You know…the Milford Sound and Doubtful sound. Te Anau was a really beautiful place with a beautiful lake and the sounds in the background. It was a little town, that mostly popular was in summer because now it was almost desserted. But no worries, without the tourists it was even more beautiful The next day I headed to Milford Sound. 120 km to the Sound and 120 km back. The highway to…

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This morning I looked out off the window. It was mostly grey, but on the bright side….it didn’t rain.  Yeah, just another day in the fall. Falls here in the Netherlands are mostly like that. You are lucky when it doesn’t rain and really, really lucky when you see some sunshine. But the weather doesn’t get me down, or at least i’m trying, but this make me also realise that I was really lucky in New Zealand. Even in the winter I got lots of sun. On the…

Back home it was the middle of summer but here it was the middle of winter. In the morning it was still freezing but that didn’t matter. I looked over the beautiful mountains of the southern alps, saw the beautiful blue Lake Tekapo and the bright sun and blue sky. I headed out to Lake Alexandrina and Mt. John today. It was a short drive to Lake Alexandrina and I wanted to do a hike around the lake but I couldn’t find any signs and it was pretty…

wanganui

Teresa checked the time. Shit! It was already 11.00 am and 3.00 pm we were picked up at Pipiriki where we ended our trip. We had a quick breakfast. Not that there was much to eat…our breakfast contained of peanuts, a banana and a half mueslibar. At 11.30 am we were in the boats. They said we could expect a lot of rapids, so Tonio and me were prepared, but it was all flat. Damm, no current at all. We paddled as hard as we could so we’d be…

roadtrip

I’m curently enjoying my lovely cappucino at Shaky Isles celebrating the fact that today I’m exactly 6 months at the other side of the world. How cool is that? It felt more like 2 months, but hey I’m still here and only two weeks left. Than I’m finished with my internship at Lifemark and Recreate NZ and then I can finally go travelling around New Zealand. How awesome is that? It feels like a dream comes true.But before that I have two goodbye diners. So I’ll be working…

oma

Sometimes you don’t realise how privileged and how fortunate you are. When you’re travelling the world you see the moste amazing things and you realise you’re lucky that you are able to do this. When you’re doing an internship in a country, it’s different. Sometimes you forget that you’re even at the other side of the world. You are just living your life. But sometimes it’s good to stand still and reflect. Yesterday was such a moment. I was talking to my roommates and somehow we came on…

frifotos

Paradise exists in many forms. Some people find their ultimate paradise in Spain or France and for other people their ultimate paradise is cycling through Europe or Asia. But what is paradise? I think it’s for everyone totally different and for me a very hard choice. I had an amazing time in South Thailand, it looked literally like a “Bounty” Island, but tramping through the Himalaya also felt like paradis to me (despite the fact I almost died upthere but New Zealand and Australia are also paradise to…

chch

A businesstrip. You might think boring. No way! Not in New Zealand. I was going with my colleague, Natalie to the event Sensational Selwyn. A region near Christchurch. This event is being held because a lot of people lost their homes because of the earthquakes in Christchurch and that’s why they’re now looking for homes in Selwyn, a region not far from Christchurch. We were staying outside the centre of christchurch, but as my friend Tonio said:”You don’t wanna live here”. You can feel the atmosphere of the…

update

From now on my blog is going to look a bit different. You now have the opportunity to choose the language: English or Dutch. All my other posts are still in Dutch but I want to change that. With the upcoming easter weekend, I have the time to do that. It’s going to be rainy and I have the day off from friday till monday, so that’s great! You can choose the language in the rightcorner. If you have any questions, let me know.

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Heel veel mensen vragen me: “Hoe is het nou eigenlijk in Auckland” Tegen de meeste zeg ik:”Kom deze kant op dan zie je het vanzelf. It’s pretty awesome”. en de meeste tijd is dat het ook. Ik kan nu mijn werk combineren met reizen. Hoe geweldig is dat! En elke week ontdek ik weer een nieuw stukje auckland of een nieuw stukje Nieuw Zeeland. Afgelopen weekend was weer zo’n weekend.… De vrijdag begon goed. Vrijdag welk ik altijd bij Recreate dat betekent officieel om 10.00 uur beginnen, dat…