Farewell to Strijp-S in Style

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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40 km once but never again or again?

In 2009 I walked the Vierdaagse van Nijmegen (The Walk of the World), 4 days 40 km every day. Afterwards I said 40 km is too far and too tiring, never again. I stayed with this thought till the beginning of 2019. In the meantime I did a lot of walking, even the Camino de Santiago in 2016. I tapped the 35 km a number of times there, but remained below 40 km each day.

Night of the refugees

Night of the Refugee

A few years ago I saw the night of the refugee passing by and I thought I would like to participate. I forgot about it until this year. Someone I knew registered. I asked her about it and she said walk with us. I registered and thought I am walking 40 km again?!

40 km

In 2009 I was 25 kg lighter and in shape. I played tennis at least twice a week on average and I walked long distance once a week. Yet I found the 4x 40 km in 2009 very tough.

Well then what?

I said Yes to walking and the first sponsor money came in. And I occasionally walked the Pieterpad, on average 20 km each time. There were now 5 kg off again and I also made sure that the counter came to 6 km every day.

Oh, I’m going for it

The date was approaching. The weather was bad beforehand. The person with whom I would walk canceled a few days before. Yet I decided to go for it. It is a short walk compared to what the refugees walk to get to safety.

The night

On the day itself I tried to get some sleep in the afternoon. It didn’t work except for a 1-hour nap. I did rest though. I am not a night person so how am I going to keep going through the night? I took another bottle of cola and a banana.

Skyline Rotterdam

And then it was time!

It was a nice trip. It was very nice to walk at night and very different from walking during the day. I was entertained with beautiful skies and the sound of frogs and of course the skyline of Rotterdam. What was also very beautiful was the walking to the day. The predicted rain did not come and the pains stayed away too. I walked with breaks included from 0:00 to 10:30 the next day. I was a bit stiff, but it went well. I thought 40 km is a bit too far again.

The route

One day later

It was a super experience. Nice experience and route. And a goal that I support. Slowly the thought came to join again next year, because it is a beautiful goal and a spicy but beautiful challenge for your body. So next year I will walk one of the 3 other routes and hopefully then again 20 kg lighter.

Thank you this years sponsors!

The finish

Are you sponsoring next year? 

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Edible garden

My next home will have a garden or a balcony on which I can cultivate edible plants. Besides that it is hard to move in Holland my knowledge of edible plants besides fruits and veggies is none excisting. So to do something about this I joined two workshops this spring.

edible flower

Wild picking

On a grey Saterday I went to the Genneper parc in Eindhoven where Linda of natuurlijke verbinding gave a workshop about wild picking. We walked through the park and she pointed us to edible plants/flowers in the wild (parc). We tasted them and some of them were very good. She also gave some warnings about wild picking, like be aware of ticks, worms and pollution of cars.

Flower tea

Edible flowers

The first workshop made me want to know more. So I booked the workshop edible flowers with Geertje of wandeloogst. And again on a grey Saterday (it is Holland so don’t expect sun) I went to Graafse Akkers in Den Bosch for the workshop. It is a really big garden in the middle of town, a beauty. We started with some flower tea and then walked with Geertje around the grounds with her pointing to flowers and telling us how we could use it. And of course we tasted all of them. Each flower has it owns specific taste.

Savory flower butter

Flower lunch

After a while we dived the group and everybody went about to make lunch of the flower harvest. We had two types of herb butter one with savory flowers and one with sweet flowers. Kind of a omelette pancakes with flowers, some more flower tea and flower lemonade. It was great to see what can be made of flowers and how to combine them in tea.

Preparing the flower

More edible flowers please

These two experiences were great and tasted of more. I can’t wait to move and experiment with flowers, but unitl then maybe a autumn workshop edible flowers.

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Is Hockney a new Van Gogh?

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Van Gogh museum

I had been to the Van Gogh museum on museum night sometime in the past and last year I went to Neunen. Neunen is one of the places where Van Gogh was very productive in producing paintings. Most of the paintings of Van Gogh in Neunen were about farmlive.

Are Hockney and Van Gogh comparable?

Hockney and Van Gogh both love nature. They even look at nature the same way: They look at details and see something special in ordinary landscape. They both say that nature changes every day. They both liked to see the effect of the season on the landscape.

Hockney painted the same place in Yorkshire again and again in each season. Van Gogh did this in Arle. Both use a technique in their paintings which makes nature move on the paintings. There are a lot of similarities between how the two painters paint, but Hockney uses a lot of new techniques like filming the seasons and painting on an Ipad.

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Cheese, cheese, cheese or too many tourists?

Cheese market Alkmaar

Touristy things

I wanted to see some touristy things in the Netherlands. I have seen some in my youth but I don’t remember much about them. So Good Friday I traveled to Alkmaar to see the Cheese Market. I wanted to go early to be ahead of the tourists, but NS put a stop to that and I stranded in Zaandam. For a moment I thought about doing the Zaansche schans instead of the Cheese Market, but did not want to go there unprepared and was still looking forward to cheese.

On the way to the Cheese market

Cheese market Alkmaar

Fortunately I ended up in Alkmaar with a three-quarter of an hour delay. The Cheesemarkt is a 20-minute walk from the station right in the center of Alkmaar. Follow the mass of tourists and you will be there 😊. In the meantime there were more tourists on the way to the Cheese Market than I thought, but it wasn’t too bad on the big square. In the first instance, I was unable to access the weighing system, so I skipped it and moved on to the square, where I got a spot at the front and therefore had a good overview of the square and its action.

Walking with the cheeses what a chore! I would want to do it. Of course it is now touristy and no longer has a function, but you do get an impression of how the cheese market functioned in history.

The Cheese Museum

Don’t forget to walk into the Cheese Museum. Entrance fee includes a block of cheese. You get a picture of how cheese is made by a movie, posters and interactive screens. On the second floor there is a nice view over the square with the action. Don’t forget to just stand there and watch.

Cheese

Cheese weighing

Back outside the scale area was practically empty and I could see how people were weighed instead of cheese these days. They shout your weight very loud and you get a certificate with your weight. No, I did not feel the need to weigh myself there and get a certificate. So I looked at it and walked on.

You can also make a trip on the canals, but that is only possible with cash, pin is not accepted. And the nearest ATM was through the busy crowd to the other side and back. So I skipped it this time and walked smoothly through the streets of Alkmaar with a detour back to the station.

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Jump to a good talk

On last International women’s day I went to a talk in the library about how women should be a hero in their own life. As I was looking at the program I was annoyed that in the program there was a part about Jump. I thought someone came up with something stupid with Jumping and being a hero. So on the day itself as I was looking for a seat I was looking for a good escape seat for the jump. But as the program progressed I was still sitting when they called someone to the front to present the jump. No escaping no more .

The women introduced herself as Ineke and told us we were not going to jump. What a relief, but what was waiting a head? Ineke came up with a talking method and we were going to try it. The method is called Jump and consists of 7 steps. We needed to look for someone we didn’t know to do this with. Me and the girl next to me decided to do it together.

Step 1: The pledge

With the pledge everybody in the audience pledge that everything said tonight would stay there.

Step 2: Celebrate your achievements

We had 2 minutes to tell the other person about something we were proud of in our life. The other person was not aloud to say anything. It is awkward at first, but then you keep talking till the 2 minutes are over. After that you switch roles. And I had to listen to the achievement of the other person without commenting, congratulate or anything. Just listen. 

Step 3: Who are you now

Now it was time to tell the other person where you are in life and how you feel about it for 2 minutes. After that the other person was aloud to give you a compliment not feed back or advise. And we switched roles again so that the other person could do the same. 

Step 4: Where do you want to be

In 2 minutes you had to tell the other person where you wanted to be in life and which Jump you had to make. No reactions from the other person still. And we switched roles again.

Step 5: Tips and advise

Now you had to be the other person. So You started with I am name other person and would give an advise to yourself in the role of the other person in 2 minutes. Again no comments were aloud. Than you switched role again and the other person had to say My name is Guiselaine and would advise myself to do …. I was not aloud to comment and had to listen to the advice.

Step 6: Your decision

And now I was myself again and had to tell the other person in 2 minutes which were my next steps. For that I got applauded by the other person. And then it was her turn to tell her next step and I applauded her. Again no comments were aloud.

Step 7: Gratitude

And now it was time for the whole audience to call out what they were thankful for.

I am glad I stayed. It was weird at first to talk like that to each other, but it was also nice. I think that this way of talking is a good method to use more. And it is nice to listen and being listened at without judgment, advice or anything.

Remember the name: Jump from the Jump movement

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Hiking Fair

At the end of last year I thought it was time to take a long walk every year over several days. So I bought the books about the Pieterpad and the Pieterpad project was born. The plan is to start at the end of March with the Pieterpad.

But what do you do after the Pieterpad? The Four Days of Marbella? Also on the agenda, but then …..

So I went to the Hiking fair (Wandelbeurs) in the Jaarbeurs in Utrecht. My wish was fulfilled. There was enough inspiration to hike my whole life. Unfortunately, mostly in Europe, but it is a start.

So I got to know enough routes on the fair to hike in the Netherlands and Southern Europe in the coming years. Although it wasn’t at the fair, I would like to hike the temple route in Japan too.

In a few years I will go again to the fair to get more inspiration again. If you are looking for hiking inspiration I would recommand you to go once to the fair.

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Free workspace in the Netherlands

Free working space

As an entrepreneur with no office, I am always on the look for working spaces. In the Netherlands I found three main places which I can make my office for a day or part of a day. All these places have free wifi.

University Library

Even if you are not a student (anymore) you can work in the university library. There are tables and chairs. There are 11 universities in the Netherlands I know of in which you can use the library as a non-student. The plus of the university library is their opening hours. On weekdays they open at 8 and closes at 22 hours. In the weekend they open at 10 and closes at 18 o’clock. So great hours for early and late starters. Toilets are free to use.

Public library

Another library you can use is the public library. The hours are less then the university library, but still good. The opening hours differ in each city. On Monday and Sunday most of them open late, 12 or 13 o’clock. It depends on the city if the toilet is free. Otherwise you pay 50 ct to go to the toilet. There is enough space and there are free newspapers to read.

Seats2Meet

The last one I use is Seats2Meet you pay here with Social Capital. Basically this means someone else working in Seats2Meet can ask you questions about your area of knowledge. When you reserve a space you have to fill in your expertise. Seat2Meet is an open space with tables you can use. There is free coffee and tea and toilet. It is a great way to get to know more entrepreneurs or other workers working there.

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Be good for yourself

Be good for yourself

With all the hikes I am planning on doing besides my business Databeet. I need to relax. So when I saw that ABNAMRO had a good deal with the program &Meer for a Spa day! I booked one. The Spa day is for free if you are a member of &Meer. Membership is free if you are a client with ABNAMRO.

You can choose which Spa Welness you want to go to and pay only a handlings fee. So I looked for Spa nearby and booked Spa Puur in Tilburg with a handlings fee of 8 euro. I couldn’t wait so I absorbed all the information about Spa Puur on the website.

On a nice warm and sunny February Sunday I went to Spa Puur. It was in one word Amazing. I tried all the inside saunas and baths. It was such a nice day that I sat on the terrace in the sun in my bathing suit and towel wrap around me.

There are 10 different type of saunas to try. For some you have to go outside in the garden. Those I didn’t do, but all the others inside I did each for quarter of an hour. You are just sitting there in your bathing suite absorbing the heat with nothing to do. So your mind relaxes and with that your body.

Between the saunas I did the baths. There was one with salt water in which you are supposed to float like in the dead sea. It was nice, but I wasn’t floating like I did in the dead sea when I visited Jordan. There is also a small pool that loop around going into the garden. A bit cold but nice to do. There are whirlpools and a lavender bath in which you can sit. All in nice temperatures. But one bath I didn’t do. Yes if you know me you know which one, the ice waters. No cooling down for me with ice water.

I had a nice time and would do it again if ABNAMRO has a deal again. I opted to go on a bathing suite day and would do that again. If you have ABNAMRO don’t forget to use this deal. There are Wellness everywhere in Holland, so there must be one near you to use.

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Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate everywhere

Chocolate festival

In Ecuador, a lot of years ago, I had the opportunity to make my own chocolate on a cacao farm. We harvest a cacao fruit and peeled the cacao. The cacao we had we pulverized. To get some sugar we had to walk the sugar cane mill. The cacao, the sugar and some milk made a delicious chocolate milk. Better then you can get in stores. I can still taste it in my mind…

Chcocolate tasting

Chocolate tasting

So when I saw that there was a chocolate festival in the Beurs van Berlage in Amsterdam, I had to go. Nothing better then source chocolate. So Saturday 23 February I went to the festival and tasted chocolate till I was nauseous.

The difference is that the chocolate in Ecuador and at the festival was pure no artificial ingredients added. You can still taste a bit of the bitterness. I had a lot of chocolate bars, hot chocolate, beer with chocolate, sausage with cacao and cheese with cacao. Also I had for the first time cacao juice from the fruit. I already had tasted how good the cacao fruit is in Ecuador and Cuba and now the juice. It is a pitty you can’t get the juice in shops yet.

Cacao fruit juice

Good & Bad in Chocolate industry

There were a lot of chocolate with a statement. Rokbar chocolate 100% made and owned by women, empowering of women. Tony’s Choconally with their 100% slave free chocolate.

There was also an environment organization Mighty, which makes sure we know that not all chocolate are produced environment friendly. A lot of bush has disappeared for cacao plantations. This are mono plantations destroying the habitat in which monkeys and other animals live.

More and more chocolate producers and supermarket chains in the world are committing to selling chocolate that tackle issues as deforestation, sustainability and human right issues. In the Netherlands these chocolates are not common yet, but will be in a few years as the chocolate market is changing.

Chocolate with a issue

A resolution

With the fasting period coming up I am making a resolution to myself to only buy chocolate that tackles issues from now on. Are you going to do that to? They cost a bit more, but they taste better and are friendly to humans, animals and our environment.

 

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Street art also on the Island of Curacao

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Graffiti vs Street art

In almost any city you can find Graffiti. Sometimes this street art, when it is painted with permission. Another difference is that Street art is most of the time more than only words, imaged based.

Famous street art

El Bocho

On my travel I have seen some beautiful street art. In Melbourne there was street art of Banksy. In Berlin you have el Bocho who drew Little Lucy killing her cat in different manners. In Eindhoven you have Lempke, the smiling bulb.

Lempke

Street art Festival

On Curacao there is some street art. Mostly in Punda and Otrobanda made by artist. But this time young talents got to show their work in the Streets of Punda with the street art festival held for the first time. The youngsters showed their talents painting the Streets in Punda and some were even aloud to paint murals. It was nice to see. A pity the festival wasn’t visited by a lot of people. There was one painting which stood out, a drawing of a shoe. If you stood in certain angel, you could see the shoe in 3D.

I hope these youngsters get to show their talents in an annually street art festival in Punda and maybe some murals. I will follow how the street art in Curacao will develop, but in the mean while I will look for street art on my travels.

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I lived both in Curaçao as the Netherlands. So, I am entitled to compare the two with each other.

Public transport

I love the Netherlands for its public transport. It’s good and on time, but too expensive. At bus stops there are signs with bus numbers on it and timetables with the schedule. Curaçao has stops, but no timetable at the stops. So, 1 point for the Netherlands.

Bus stop Curacao

Weather

The changing of seasons has something beautiful, but I dread the cold and all-day rain. It can sometimes rain all day in the Netherlands. On Curaçao it is almost every day the same weather, around 28 degrees and Sunny. And when it rains it is mostly not all day and the temperatures are still good. So, 1 point for Curaçao.

Going to neighboring countries

On Curacao you have only one choice to leave the Island and that’s by flight or flight. In the Netherlands you can take a car to Belgium or so. Or the train to Germany or so. Another option is taking the bus to England or so. A bit further you can take the plane. 2-1 for the Netherlands.

Mondi

Nature

Both have very beautiful nature, but very different from each other. In Holland you can see forest, meadow and moorland. And most of the time it is not faraway. On Curacao you have ‘mondi’, forest of mostly cacti. You have also the beautiful sea with its corals. So it’s a tie on this one.

Nature Holland

Fruits

I am biased on this one. Although you can get almost any fruit in Holland. Nothing beats picking fruits from your own garden. Especially if they are tropical fruits. Fruits from the garden taste better than fruits from the supermarket. Two points for Curaçao on tropical garden fruits.

fruits

Hike

Curaçao is a car Island. it’s accomodated for cars. There are a few places you can hike. The Netherlands although it’s flat you can hike almost everywhere in nature or the city. So one point for the hiking options in the Netherlands.

Hike

It seems like we have a tie. Each one has it’s pros and cons. What else can you compare for these two?

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Sometimes I stay with friends which is very nice, but a few times I decided to stay in a hotel with a free shuttle service to airport. So the last time I flew I choose for Van der Valk Schiphol again. I don’t get money for promoting them, but still I like to tell you what I like about the day before flying.

Check in time is at 2 O’clock the earliest. I try to be there around to to check in on time and enjoy my stay for the fullest.

After check in and putting my Luggage in the room. I go to the restaurant for my free drink and a small bite. The small bite is not free but good. After that I head to the swimming pool for a swim. If you are there early it’s not that busy. I swim for an hour and then head to the Welness for the sauna and turkish steam thing. A plus of this is that in the Welness and swimmingpool swim gear must be on all times. In Holland this is not normal for Welness, but I like it. Nothing to see what you don’t want to see.

Soaked and happy I retrieve to my room for some reading in the bathtube. Such a nice treat. After a good night sleep I am more then ready to fly.

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Van Goghs Neunen

This summer I heard from two sides that van Gogh had lived near Eindhoven. Herstelreizen did a day trip to Neunen where van Gogh had lived and this landscape was the stage for many of his paintings. And the second place I heard about Van Gogh’s Neunen or actually read was the newspaper. Eindhoven wants to annex Neunen to grow, but Neunen does not want that. And so even Van Gogh was called in as a reason not to belong to Eindhoven.

Van Gogh

So I went to Neunen myself this fall to experience the special aspect of the relationship between Van Gogh and Neunen. The first thing I noticed with the bus from Eindhoven to Neunen was the meadows, fields and new housing constructions. I think Van Gogh would not have liked the new building as he was particularly interested in landscapes and the harsh lives of farmers.

Vincent Van Gogh Center

My first stop was the Vincent Van Gogh Center. Where you can learn more about the time of Van Gogh in Neunen. The relationship with his father is also discussed and how the villagers saw Van Gogh. Tales have even been recorded of two people Van Gogh knew from the village.

Windmill Neunen

The village Neunen

After the Vincent Center you can take a 5 km hike outside of 12 places that were important to Van Gogh. There is a column with extra information at each of these 12 locations. You look through the eyes of Van Gogh to Neunen. Pillar 11 is special, that is the parental home of Van Gogh and you can also visit it on Saturdays to go inside. Those who live there then open it up to a number of visitors.

Van Gogh in Brabant

If you want to discover even more Van Gogh places in Brabant, there are, for example, columns 17 and 18. The Van Gogh cycle path and the water mill. These are a bit further away. You must visit the cycle path in the dark to discover the effect. I hope to visit these places and more Van Gogh places on my walks from Eindhoven.

Church Neunen

Neunen really gives you the eyes of Van Gogh to look at the landscape he has painted. I hope the fields and meadows will not be lost in the future. And I have not been able to develop an opinion about whether or not Neunen should be annexed to Eindhoven.

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It was also the transition time that ears and tail were only allowed to dock in piglets. I was allowed to do this with the newborn piglets. What a noise piglets can make. Fortunately, this procedure without anesthesia is abolished.

That week I went by bus to and from the farm. On the way there were always people sitting next to me, but on the way back I had plenty of space. So I had half the bus for myself. This was of course due to the delicious pigsty perfume that sticks to you. Washing or showering briefly does not help. 🙂 . And that was what I could do at the farm.

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Even more entertaining at this place is the interaction of the promotion teams / sales team and the city visitors. The city visitor who does not feel like a conversation and promotion team looking for victims. Both play a leading role in dance with the aim of getting around each other or meeting each other.

If the promotion team wins then you see the city visitor listening to the promotion talk and thinking how fast can I flee, while the promotion team finally has someone and thinks let me take the time.

Sometimes the city visitor wins then the dance is even better, because the promotion team does not give up and goes in pursuit or involves a new victim in the dance. This is the dance of infinity supported by steps, words, gestures and a smile. A dance that continues in its own rhythm with highs and lows until closing time.

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Working from everywhere

I don’t have an office. My office is my laptop, my mobile phone and the cloud (for storage of my files). So even in Holland I am free to work from everywhere. And I do that also a lot. Sometimes I go to Amsterdam, Rotterdam or other city just to work from there and most of the time I combine that with being a tourist in my own country by visiting something or taking a tour.

In Utrecht my favorite places to work from are:

On the road I develop my own favorite places, most of the time this is:

  • My hotel/hostel room
  • Lobby of the hotel/hostel
  • Small cafes
  • Parks
  • Co-working spaces

Challenges

With this lifestyle there are a few challenges to overcome:

  • I myself struggled with staying grounded, so I decided to keep a room in Holland where I can always return to, to call home.
  • Other issues nomads struggle with are that in order to have health insurance, have your company subscribed to a country. You have to have an address, except if you live in Estonia. There they have e-citizenship. Later on in the summer Eunice Frijde and I will be making short movies about why the Netherland should also introduce e-citizenship. You can also help by signing this petition.
  • Another thing that can be difficult, but don’t have to be is maintaining long distance relationships with friends, family and lovers. If people are not familiar with internet or don’t like it, it will be difficult to keep contact. Both party have to be willing to put the effort to keep this relationships sane.
  • If instead of having your own company, you work in contract for others it can be difficult to obtain a working visa in some countries.

The future

With more and more people not getting that lifetime contract and the pension being more and more a myth. More and more people will be starting to work location independent or at least work from contract to contract even if that is in the same town. So we should be working on the rules of countries to accommodate this lifestyle.

What else?

There is going to be a first ever international conference for Digital Nomads (DNX) in Berlin, 1 august 2015. Also there is a cruise ship leaving from Gran Canaria to Brazil full of digital nomads going on a digital detox (because of the prices of internet on board ). It’s a cool cruise and cheap. So if you are interested to know more about the lifestyle you can join them or connect with me. I am more the willing to tell you more about my lifestyle.

And to answer the question in the title I call myself a data nomad, because I travel a lot, even in Holland I travel a lot and I work from project to project on data-analysis, data-cleaning, data-visualization and WordPress website. So even my work is nomadic and I love that, being able to work with different people and different project all year round.

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Self-Employed in Utrecht – Guiselaine Capella “combine business with traveling around the world is my dream”

This article was published in Dutch in the Dutch online newspaper DUIC.

Utrecht has over 21,000 freelancers. Special colorful independent professionals, each with its own story. In the coming weeks you’ll find every Wednesday a portrait of a self-employed professional in Utrecht DUIC. Today the story of Guiselaine Capella ButterflyEffect and Databeet. This is the first episode of Laura Stassen, the new editor of this ZZP series.

“I am a location independent entrepreneur. Over the past five months I have traveled around Asia. In 2012 I started my company Databeet. Under this label I’m doing data analysis, I teach Excel and coach (PhD) students in the use of the computer program SPSS (This is a statistical analysis program). Last year I started beside Databeet ButterflyEffect. Under this label I make WordPress sites and I set up Google Analytics and Hootsuite for people. I also coach people in learning daily digital things that they can adapt in WordPress, Google Analytics and Hootsuite themself. ”

“I wander around the world and work anywhere and everywhere. Both inside and outside the Netherlands. Over the past five months, the region around the Pacific Ocean in Asia was my workplace. I have traveled through Singapore, Australia, Bali, New Zealand and Hong Kong. From there I had Skype contact with my customers in the Netherlands. So I worked from locations such as the library, cafes and beach bars. ”

“Freedom I find very important. The ability to work where you want and take the jobs that interest you. I also like the fact that you’re building something from beginning to end. You can see where there is room for improvement and change it right away. “”My favorite job was teaching in Buurthuis Rosa in Lombok, Utrecht. Especially the course “Starting with computer” I really liked teaching that. I had a student who didn’t like computers at all at the beginning. At the end of the six classes the student was proud to tell me that she had sent me a email. At that moment my heart leaps for joy and I am as happy as they are. ”

“My favorite working place is outside in the garden or in nature. Nothing is better than working, and  hearing the birds and to be around nature to me. Unfortunately working from such places is not always possible because of the weather in the Netherlands. That’s why I often work in the Netherlands, in places such as the library, Seats2meet and home. Despite the fact that I like to travel the world, I call Utrecht my city. Once I’m in Utrecht I feel at home, till the travel bug hits again. “”My dream is to live so that I can combine traveling the world and enjoying life with entrepreneurship. I do this for example by my collaboration with Loginc and offering swapping for example with De leefstijlspecialist, so that people without money can also use my services by exchange instead of money.”

Guiselaine Capella Edited by Laura Stassen. Do you also want to feature in this series? Please contact redactie@duic.nl!

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Living of the exchange of social capital

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It started with my dream to wander for longer periods across the world. Googling I came across organizations Wwoof and Skill Stay where you in exchange for accommodation and meals will help  in people’s homes or businesses. Wwoofen is all about businesses and people who produce organic as much as possible. Skill Stay is more about skilled services offer. This was my first introduction to the concept of swapping. Through these organizations, I could make a big part of my journey through Singapore, Australia, Bali, New Zealand and Hong Kong possible. In exchange for lodging and meals I helped in the garden, on a Christmas market, in the kitchen, behind the counter and I made booklets for tourists. Very diverse tasks. The advantage of such trips is that you become part of the life of the residents up close and even partly join them. You also have time to see the area and be a tourist. In the travel world lots is possible on the basis of exchange.

When I was back in the Netherlands I continued services also through swap. Build a website in WordPress for nutrition advice and training non-violent communication, transferring Wix website to WordPress for reading and healing, etc. I wondered how far you can go with swapping? Well pretty far. From September I’m going to build a website and do marketing for a number of books in exchange for living space. So for the first life needs in Maslow’s pyramid exchange service is possible. Can we do more through swapping? Are we going to talk about a swap balance instead of a financial statement?

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I am Dutch! but…….

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But with me most of the time the conversation doesn’t stop there, when I answer I am from Holland. They pry further: ‘Did you live there all your life? But where were you borne? Your parents were are they from?

I take it as interest and as I am proud of my roots, they are part of my identity! I answer I was borne in the Dutch Caribbean, Curaçao. ‘Oh so you have a Curaçao passport?‘ No a Dutch one, its Dutch territories like Puerto Rico is to USA and Martinique to France.

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Celebrate with a blog

Celebrate

Why ?

Everyone is blogging. Inke blogs about vulnerability and everyday things and Shantie on social issues. Well the last one is more opinion sharing than a blog , but hey what’s the difference? Both write regularly. So now you are going to proclaim your opinion about everything on your website that has nothing to do with your business? No, I will save that for my twitter :-). In my blog I will share tips, especially from the programs from which my company derives its existence. It will consists of small tips and tricks which can make your life using these programs more bearable.

What can you expect ?

Regular short blogs as this one about the following programs: Google Analytics, Hootsuite, Excel,  Access, WordPress and SPSS. And yes occasionally on business like this one. The blogs will contain mostly basic tips that everyone can use, especially people who are just starting to us one of these programs. Think along the lines of blogs by Else. Brilliant idea all those Legos ! No, I ‘m not going to work with Lego that is not original anymore. And also not  with Barbie dolls, because then Asha and Atria will be after me for gender bias.

It will be more along the lines of sharing links to other explaining something very well and references where you can find anything. And yes sometimes pieces written by myself to explain options in programs. So think more along the lines of the way Kitty blogs. Oh wait, but now I am creating very high expectations. I mean just the way she links to others in her blog and not her way of blogging. That’s unique and no one can copy that!

Then how?

Like with my company Databeet in my own cocky way! I am a data analysis entrepreneur and can help you learn to use the programs in a better way for your analysis.

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Not one but two walking related conferences just before spring starts
Blog Hiking Travel

Hiking between Cascais and Sintra

Cascais is the escape city for Lisbon, Portugal if you want to be by the sea. I traveled twice to...
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Hiking between Cascais and Sintra
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No I am not ….

No, I am not eating more Unfortunately, was it that easy. That I started eating more and by eating less...
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No reason Retroprints

Would you like to try out our retroprints in exchange for a blog on your website? Actually yes, I wanted...
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Blog Curacao Hiking

Caracasbaai peninsula

I would like to take a long walk on Curaçao. In the meantime, there are about three organizations that offer...
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Caracasbaai peninsula
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1 percent turnover to Wegloophuis Utrecht

1 percent turnover to charity This year 1 percent of my turnover goes to charity. A different charity each quarter....
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Blog Curacao entrepreneur

1st quarter 2020

1st quarter 2020 The first quarter of 2020 started with me as a digital nomad working on Curaçao. That means...
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1st quarter 2020
Blog Hiking Travel

7 things I would like to do in Spain

I have been to Spain before and every time I discover new things that I would like to do. That's...
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7 things I would like to do in Spain
Blog Hiking Life

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...
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The 5 types of hikers
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5 reasons to live in southern Spain in winter

My dream is to escape the winter. I did that all winter in 2013/2014 by going to Australia and New...
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5 reasons to live in southern Spain in winter
Blog Hiking Travel

7 reasons to walk a 4 Days hike

  While walking my 2nd Four Days Marche I have thought of 7 reasons why you should walk a 4...
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7 reasons to walk a 4 Days hike
Blog Hiking Life Netherlands

Farewell to Strijp-S in Style

How do you say goodbye to Strijp-S in style? I lived in Strijp-s, Eindhoven for 2.5 years and saw the...
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Farewell to Strijp-S in Style
Blog entrepreneur Investing Life Reading

The 5 lessons I learned from the book Blondies invest better

I share 5 lessons with you that I learned from the book Blondies Invest Better (Dutch book Blondjes beleggen beter)....
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The 5 lessons I learned from the book Blondies invest better
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1 percent gross turnover to the Food Bank

1 percent turnover to the Food Bank This year I want to donate 1 percent of my turnover to charities...
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1 percent gross turnover to the Food Bank
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