The 5 types of hikers

In my opinion there are 5 types of hikers among the hikers. I would like to share with you those 5 types of hikers you can encounter on a walk.

The time hiker

This kind of hiker wants to start on time. Preferably the first and also the first to be back. This walker is all about getting off the trail as quickly as possible. Often they hardly talk to other walkers.

The fun hiker

The fun comes first for this hiker. This person prefers to chat with other walkers all the time. As an introvert, these walkers are the most dangerous for me :-). Although a chat is occasionally quite pleasant.

The fitness hiker

This hiker almost runs to keep his or her fitness level. Time is not important. The motto has been sporting for another day. These walkers walk at a nice pace, but also have an eye for the environment and fellow walkers.

The environment observer

The environment is the main reason that this hiker walks here. This hiker enjoys the environment. Nature or the district / city are of interest to this walker. You can recognize this walker because he or she often walks with a camera and occasionally stops to discover and view things.

The cheater

This hiker sends husband / girlfriend / friend to the highest / furthest post for stamp at checkpoint and waits with a drink. This walker wants a medal, but does not want to hike the entire route.

Which walker are you?

Which of the 5 hikers are you? I am the environment observer. I thoroughly enjoy my surroundings and definitely stop for photos on the way. I always have a camera with me.

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My dream is to escape the winter. I did that all winter in 2013/2014 by going to Australia and New Zealand. And nowadays I do two winter months Curaçao. But that is not enough, because there is still winter …

I have therefore come up with 5 reasons why I should live in southern Spain in the winter.

Speak Spanish

I am fluent in Spanish. There is certainly room for improvement and I am working on that. But I wouldn’t have to leave it for the language. And yes, if you live in the country, you will learn the language faster because you are required to speak it.

Spring temperatures in winter

In southern Spain, lovely temperatures prevail in winter, namely spring temperatures. During the day, take off the jacket and sit in the sun. Can be much more outdoors without shivering from the cold.

Rain

The rainy season is mainly in the spring, so during the winter you will not be bothered by that. Sounds heavenly after an autumnal winter this year.

Delicious food

This may be my idea, but I think fruit tastes better in Spain and South America than in the Netherlands. And also in winter there is still fresh fruit there in Spain. It is not only about the fruit, but also the olives and fish. The whole food culture is different and delicious!

Pace of life

Life is just a bit calmer in Spain than here in the Netherlands. It is between South America and the Netherlands. And I think I would like that.

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How do you say goodbye to Strijp-S in style?

I lived in Strijp-s, Eindhoven for 2.5 years and saw the marathon runners and runners passing by, but never organized walkers. After my move I found out that the Eindhoven marathon has a walking edition the Saturday before the marathon. The perfect farewell in style!

Walking edition marathon of Eindhoven

So I registered for the 20 km. The perfect farewell in style, because with the 20 km you mainly walk in the area where I lived. So I went to Eindhoven Strijp-s for the start and walked there through parts of Eindhoven that I knew, but also pieces that I did not know. Even though I had lived very close to those places.

Farewell to Strijp-s in style

The weather was good, read dry. It was already autumn, so we needed a coat and sweater. This walk was also a perfect preparation for the 4 Days of Marbella that I would walk later in the year. The weather was not comparable, but the distance of 20 km was. Even though I would walk 20 km 4x in a row in Marbella.

The finish

The finish was great, because it was almost at the door where I had lived. So the perfect farewell to Strijp-S in style. What more could you want in the same street where you lived received a medal as a farewell to Strijp-s.

Bye, Bye Torenallee & Eindhoven!

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I share 5 lessons with you that I learned from the book Blondies Invest Better (Dutch book Blondjes beleggen beter). Well, I am far from blonde, but a woman so this title appealed to me. Plus I am looking into investing so this book came at a good time. The book contains many good tips and explains many terms from the investment world. So a must for beginners to read.

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Lesson 1: Investing is possible in anything

You can invest in:

  • Own company
  • Antiques
  • Art
  • Classic cars
  • Holiday home
  • Crypto Currency
  • On the stock exchange: Shares, bonds and other securities.

This book is about investing in the stock market. I have been investing in crowdfunding since 2013 and with savings you get very little return in Europe. So the next step is to invest appropriately on the stock market. The book discusses the different ways of investing on the stock exchange.

Lesson 2: You can practice investing

The book lists a number of “games” with which you can practice investing on the stock exchange. A good step as a first time investor to invest with fictitious money. Note that the games are mainly about short-term profit, while in practice investing in investing is long-term profit.

Lesson 3: Diversification is the magic word

I will continue to save to have a buffer for unexpected events. I am thinking of having a constant 3 months income on my savings account. So if you use it immediately replenish. Furthermore, I have now set up crowdfunding quite nicely and I earn from it. So I will continue to do that. Now it is time to start investing, there too I go into investing for diversification. For example, I let Brightpensioen invest for me and I will invest myself through Degiro. I will seek diversification in stocks, bonds and mutual funds. So a mix of these.

Lesson 4: Map your finances

For years I have been making a budget for my company Databeet as well as for private use, so I map out my finances. In addition, I set goals. In the book, the writer gives the tip to set both 5-year goals and 5-10-year goals, because you have to take this into account when you make your choice in what you invest.

Lesson 5: Set a limit for buying and selling and check your order

You can set for how much money you want to buy a certain share and how much and then the system automatically executes this assignment for you when that price is reached. It is also useful to set a limit on which you want to sell. And a very important tip is to check your order before sending it, so that you don’t buy too many / too few or weird things.

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This year I want to donate 1 percent of my turnover to charities chosen by me. I am fascinated by PayItForward system and think it is something super! Every now and then someone does something unexpected beautiful for me and I want to give this back. This time I do this by giving 1 percent of my gross turnover to a good cause, namely the Food Bank. In the first quarter, 1 percent goes to the Food Bank.

Food Bank

The Food Bank is really a PayItForward to me. It was a charity far from my bed show until February 2017. By living anti-squat I ended up without a home after six months and a small debt of about 2500 euros. Due to illness it was also quiet around the income.

At the end of February I pick up work again and I found a house in Eindhoven. I don’t like debt and want to get rid of it as soon as possible. So made a deal with the debt collection company. This means that I will be off debt within six months, but have no room for groceries besides fixed costs and debt. As a result, I end up at the Food Bank and I could pick up groceries there once a week.

Pick up groceries at the Food Bank

It is very nice that it is possible. I got more than enough groceries to buy almost nothing. So saved a lot per week. The groceries are super, it consists of everything. Lots of eggs, bread and vegetables. But there is also toothpaste, coffee, tea, butter and sweets in the package. And once in a while you can get extra meat. I never did that, but it was possible.

The walk to the Food Bank

I must say that I was ashamed that I used the Food Bank and hardly told anyone. Every Friday morning at 10am I stood in line with the same people waiting to fill my bags with groceries. More groceries than I would buy per week or buy now per week.

Farewell Food Bank

In October 2017, I was able to say goodbye to the Food Bank by paying off my debt and being rich in assignments again. I was grateful to them, but also happy that I could now get my groceries myself again. I was only dependent on it for six months, but many people longer. So that’s why I transfer 1 percent of my gross turnover from January 1 to March 31, 2020 to the Food Bank. It is a small contribution compared to their other donations, but I also support them in their good work.

Learned from the Food Bank

The walk to the Food Bank was a lesson in humility, gratitude and vulnerability:

  • Humility, because you get so much and don’t have to do anything for it.
  • Gratitude I was able to pay off my debt very quickly.
  • And vulnerability, because no matter how big your buffer is, with some major setbacks and illness you can get through it and then….

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The Databeet story begins on August 13, 2012, on the day of the left-handers. I myself am left-handed, which gives this day extra meaning. Before this date I came up with a name and had a logo made. Oh and I already had my first assignment!

Origin name Databeet

The name Databeet in a pun on Alphabete and good with data. The idea came to me during a yoga class. We were in a resting position at the end of the lesson when the name once came in as a thought. You understand I ran home after class and wrote down the Name.

Happy with name

I certainly don’t regret the name because at first it covered everything I did. Even now I am happy with it, despite the fact that my activities have expanded beyond the scope of the name Databeet. I will continue to use the name Databeet as the company name.

Intro video

Because I would work with video a lot in the future, I had video intro designed. I had an idea and was looking for a professional to work it out for me. The results are impressive. The intro tells the Databeet story. Meanwhile I use this recognizable in all my video expressions at the beginning and end. I am very happy with it as with my logo.

Logo Databeet

When I got my name I had no idea how to design what I thought of as a logo myself. I went looking for a designer and came up with a very specific idea, but luckily she understood me and the logo was done. My logo also tells the Databeet story.

Colors Databeet

Databeet’s first colors were green, gray and white. These combine well with each other. Later an orange was added that I sometimes use in expressions when I need a fourth color.

So now you know how my company got its name. I am curious about the story behind your company name.

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Ubud, Hiking through the rice fields

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Back in 2014 I was fierless and went on a Hike through the rice fields of Ubud. Ubud is a very busy city, with lots of tourist. Also it is the centre of religious Bali and art community. Back then it was also the place to be for digital nomads.

Busy Ubud

But I was looking for rest and quietness. That is when I discovered that there was a hiking track surrounding Ubud. You start at the end of Ubud and hike through the rice fields and the art villages. Each villages had its own speciality in art.

The hike

It was a great walk. I loved the views and the art I saw on the way. The path is not marked well so be aware of where you have to go. Have a coco in the fields and a talk with the locals.

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Inspiration

I follow a Travel Stories course on Instagram. There we were asked who inspire you with their writing about travel. I had to think about it, because I immediately thought of books, but I read more about being an entrepreneur than about traveling when it comes to books. Until I figured out blogs are also stories and so slowly came to the surface who inspired me.

Claudia from My adventures across the world

My adventures across the world by Claudia. Claudia inspires me by daring to take the step from academic lawyer to blogger. She calls herself an unsuccessful backpacker, but has become a successful travel blogger in the space of a few years. In 2013 I met her in Cuba not happy with her life at the time and it clicked and we kept in touch and about a year later we both opted for change and she was a travel blogger. Claudia describes extensively the locations she visits in her travels and of course also Sardinia, her island.

Suzanne of Free girl (Vrije meid)

Another blogger who inspires me is Suzanne from Vrije meid. She also left a law career to have more freedom to travel. She inspires in a different way because she strives for a career besides traveling.

Esther from Esther Jacobs

Then I realized that I have a ‘travel writer’ that inspires me, namely Esther. The theme of freedom is also very important to her. She inspires because I recognize the action in her.

Wonderful Work (Wonderlijk werken)

A newsletter that is about freedom, but then in doing what you want yourself is from Wonderlijk werken. They always surprise with their perspectives on a subject. That is why I look forward and I am very happy with mail from Diana and Steven from Wonderlijk Werken.

Kitty from The Blog Academy (De blogacademie)

I’ve heard that you should always choose an odd number in your blogs so one more. Kitty’s blog academy. No, no she is not so fond of traveling and is now concerned with the climate. What appeals to me is her willfulness and how she loses herself in a good way. She wants to know all about it and shares it with everyone until she gets tired of a subject.

There are probably more that inspire me, but these are the most important. I love reading these five and I’m a little jealous of their writing style.

I wrote this blog for the assignment who inspire you with their Travel Stories from the Instagram Travel Stories writing course. It is a series of three assignments. You can read the other 2 assignments here: Assignment 2 describe your environment and 3 describe a violent or special moment in your journey.

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Nerves for my trip

In February 2013, I board the plane for a three-week solo tour of Cuba. I am more nervous than usual. Since the fatal journey in 2010 with the Trans Siberia Express (by train from Moscow to Beijing) I have not made long journeys alone.

The flight

I watch a movie and talk to my neighbor on the plane. The conversation makes me even more nervous, because she is going to stay in a resort and does not dare to travel alone in Cuba. Just what I’m going to do! I used to have no problem with it, but the one trip that went wrong still plays through my mind. I sleep a bit and think I have already bought all guesthouses and buses so the route is fixed so it can’t be that difficult.

Cuba

We land in the middle of the night, my transfer to Havana is ready. After an hour’s drive I arrive at a super nice hotel in one of the old historical building. I check in and get ready to go to sleep. I shift the time to local time and fall asleep.

Havana

The next day I wake up early and have an extensive breakfast. I get into conversation with a Dutch couple who have just traveled through Cuba for three weeks by car. I get some tips and check my clock. It’s time to meet my local agent to receive my hotel and transfer vouchers.

Something goes wrong

I take a seat downstairs in the salon. A little later, a woman approaches me, the agent. She says I’m late. I made a mistake in the clock setting and now she has to go to another appointment first. Oh well something is already going wrong! Breathe in and out!

It will be fine

I can go with her to the other two hotels she has to go to and while she is talking to them I can explore the area and afterwards she will give me my vouchers and explain some little things to me. Great deal, I come along and explore a part of Havana where I probably wouldn’t have been otherwise. At the end of the afternoon I am dropped off at my hotel with my vouchers and some tips by the agent. The next day I explore Havana a bit more. And then the adventure really starts, because then I will take the bus through Cuba to the other end of the island.

The rest of the trip

The transfers are going well and the guesthouses are cool and I get in touch with locals everywhere. My confidence is growing again. When on the bus from Santiago to Baracoa a tire blows on the way, we all have to get off. I get into conversation with 2 Italian sisters who have just started their journey. I meet with them to have a cocktail after dinner. It results in 3 dinners and a friendship with one of the sisters.

Baracoa

We are not only talking about Cuba, but also about life. We review that we have few vacation days to see everything we want to see in the world. This is the place that is starting a change for me and one of the sisters, because at the end of 2013 we both quit our jobs and went on a journey.  We have a correspondence blog for 6 months together, parts of which can still be read on my website, she from South America and I from Oceania. We did not know all this at the time in Baracoa during the dinners and cocktails.

New adventure with confidence

Back on the plane, I was able to look back with satisfaction on a beautiful journey. My fatal trip in 2010 where I ended up in a local hospital in Mongolia and psychosis was diagnosed no longer arouses fear of traveling. There is even talk of my travel addiction again. On November 18, 2013 I left for Australia as a digital nomad, with new adventures in mind.

I wrote this blog for the assignment, describe a fiercely or special moment in your travels for the Instagram course Writing Travel Stories. It is a series of three assignments. The 2 other assignments can be read here: Assignment 1 who inspire you with travel stories and assignment 2 describe your environment.

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Just back

It is the end of 2017 after almost 7 years I set foot on my birth island Curaçao, I am back. Everything and nothing has changed. My mother still lives in the house where I spent the last part of my teens before I went to college.

Dogs

We arrive in the garage by car. The dog kennels are still there, but the dogs from my childhood are no longer there. Others who greet me enthusiastically even though they don’t know me.

Swimming pool

I walk in through the porch into the house. Through the large window in the living room I see the pool where I swam many laps and when my father was alive a lot of BBQ was done by him.

The garden

The next day I make a round in the garden. All fruit trees are still there. The mango tree has fruits. I pick one, wash it and start eating. This brings me back to my childhood in which squashes (Spanish apple), sorsaka, pomegranate, cashew, apple dam, mango, etc from the garden end up in your mouth. Well, even a balcony or garden with strawberries and tomatoes cannot beat that in the Netherlands.

This blog was written as an assignment for the travel stories course I took on Instagram. The question was describe your living environment / residence. It is a series of three assignments. You can read the 2 other assignments here: Assignment 1 who inspire you with their travel stories and 3 describe a fiercely or special moment in your travels.

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