My after Corona Bucket List

I would like to share with you my bucket list for after Corona era. Actually, it is more of a goal list next to a wish list. There are financial goals, but also travel goals. This list is the result of many hikes where I had a lot of time to think.

Goal 1: Reach FIRE before I am 50

Fire stands for Financially Independent and retire early movement. A few years ago I had already thought that I wanted this and this year I discovered that there is a name for it, namely FIRE. To achieve this, I am accelerating my repayment of my student debt of 33,000 euros and I am building buffers for Databeet as a private of one year each. With Corona measures, I have noticed that a 3-month buffer, which is usually recommended, is too thin. So hence 1 year for both private and Databeet. I have also expanded my investment steps. I have been investing through Crowdfunding and bonds since 2013. That yielded quite a bit. So I expanded this in 2018 with Brightpensioen and this year even with shares and EFTs. So for the time being I am on schedule.

Goal 2: Lose weight

This is a tricky goal associated with my medicine use that needs to be tapered off in very small steps, but with every step it takes 2 kilos off. The medicine can be good for somethings, but have very unpleasant side effects for me such as gaining more than 20 kilos without eating more or more unhealthy food, liver values ​​that are too high, slower eye / hand coordination and some more I won’t bore you with. These are the ones that bother me the most, so I decided to take the risk and phase it out.

Goal 3: Passive income

Because of the Corona measures, I finally have time to do the things that were on my target list for a long time, namely building up passive income. So I am busy with Affilliates in my blogs, collaborating on barter principle, making ecourses from the lessons that I have been given for almost 8 years and eventually developing my book ideas into books.

Goal 4: Walking, Walking, Walking

I walk two to three times a week, long distances from 15 km and up at a time. I like to share these beautiful areas with my followers so soon I will launch my special Hiking website. Then my hiking adventures abroad in the past and my future hiking adventures will also be on display.

Goal 5: Travel even more

Yes my travel bucket list is long. And my work allows it to travel again so San Francisco, Seattle, Bhutan, Chile, Chernobyl, Auschwitz, etc can expect me. Hopefully the Corona measures will ease soon.

Goal 6: Tiny house with mini vegetable garden

My ultimate bucket list item is to live in a Tiny house with a vegetable garden around it. Where I don’t know yet, but the tiny house I already know which model I want. And the vegetable garden is also going to be okay since I already took two wild picking courses last year and will be following another one next year.

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The beaches are beautiful along the coast. Some are dramatic with the sea beating op the rocks. The sea blasts against the coast with lot of force. A beauty for the eyes to see.

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Visit Gibraltar

I would love to visit Gibraltar. It seems unique to me. And well it is actually a piece of Great Britain in Spain. Must be unique to be in a Mediterranean Great Britain and see Africa across the ‘street’.

Visit Seville

Visiting Seville is still missing on my list of major cities visited in Spain. I liked the other big cities in Spain so I want to see this one too. Plus the environment must be very beautiful.

Camino Ingles walk

The shortest route of the Camino routes. Yes you must have walked it. So I like to walk this piece of Camino soon. It is not a difficult route, but it seems to rain more than elsewhere in Spain.

Camino del Norte

This is one of the toughest Camino routes, but also one of the most beautiful I think. Especially the views from the rocks. A lot of climbing on the way and certainly not done without training and preferably in dry season.

Visit the Canary Islands

I have heard a lot of good things about these islands. A mother of an elementary school friend also came from Lanzarote. I was and still am curious about the islands. Who knows soon.

Visit the Balearic Islands

Another island group from Spain that has my curiosity. As an island girl I am curious about other islands. And these islands seem to have beautiful vegetation.

Live a winter in Spain

I would love to be a whole winter in the country. Preferable on the coast of Spain or the south where the weather is reasonable in the winter. I imagine Spring temperatures in the winter. What a beautiful winter it would be.

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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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While walking my 2nd Four Days Marche I have thought of 7 reasons why you should walk a 4 Days hike in your life.

The feeling of the 4 Days

You must have experienced the feeling of the 4 Days in your life. It is a separate feeling of togetherness. We do this together and we will all reach the finish. It is uplifting each other when necessary, sharing stories and especially walking and enjoying the environment.

You see more of the environment

You see more of the environment when you walk than when you are in the car. Especially if you walk in the area for 4 days. You see the details and get in touch with locals and other hikers.

Group protection

You walk protected by the walking group. You don’t have to feel alone or fear, because everyone walks the same route in the same time frame. You walk alone, but not alone.

Get more out of yourself

It takes a lot of you to walk long distances for 4 consecutive days. You build a condition, but you also need perseverance. Especially during the moments of pain or not seeing the further walk.

Route is fixed in advance

The route is mapped out in advance for you and on the way you do not have the choice to take another street. You hardly have to think about the route. Just follow arrows or other signs. And sometimes the crowd like at the 4 Days of Nijmegen.

Enjoy Burgundian food

If you walk 20 or more kms, you burn enough energy to eat extensively without fear of gaining weight, because you will certainly burn some energy along the way. Especially if there are some hills and mountains in it.

The medal

Afterwards you always receive a medal. I usually want a chair and never walk again after completing the walk. The appreciation of the medal comes later when you realize that you have walked the entire route and that you have conquered that one mean climb.

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Busy Ubud

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The hike

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Travel stories inspiration

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

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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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

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7 remarkable things of Berlin

I was for the second time in Berlin. Again for a conference, but also this time I managed to squeeze in some exploring time. These are the 7 things I noticed about Berlin.

Train station

The train station is free to wander. No gates like in Holland which you can’t open without a card with money on it. And it works, So why did NS choose to close everything?

Berlin Central station

Homeless people

Berlin has a lot of homeless people. On every street and station in Berlin they are. Not just one, but a lot. I wonder if it is because of the housing prices that went up through the sky the last years and because of airbnb.

Public transport

There are stations everywhere. So it seems like every corner of Berlin can be reached. And the card system is simple with area A, B and C. It is definitely cheaper than in Holland.

Station

Language

In Berlin they speak German and more and more people are speaking English. Which is a good thing with the loads of tourists coming to town. Even if they don’t speak English, they are friendly and want to help. I asked for directions, but one of the people spoke English. I got there in the end.

Graffiti

Berlin is the capital of Graffiti. There is graffiti everywhere. Sometimes it is nice or functionally and sometimes it is just not art. On the Eastside a whole part of the Berlin wall is decorated with graffiti art.

Graffiti on the Berlin wall

German Bread

German bread is different from Dutch bread. They seem to use more seeds and nuts. Also the bread is heavier. So you need less.

Curry wurst

It used to be a lot of Curry wurst on each corner of the street. Now it is shoarma on each street corner. It is a bit sad, a cultural thing is gone. And I don’t need shoarma I can make it myself or buy it in Holland too.

Curry wurst

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Is Hockney a new Van Gogh?

Someone asked me if I wanted to go to the exhibition of Hockney in the Van Gogh museum. I like the work of Hockney so it was not difficult to say YES! I met Hockney in 2013 on my visit to Bilbao when I visited the Guggenheim museum there. On this play was then his work of the nature of Yorkshire which he painted and filmed with 9 cameras in all the 4 seasons of the year. I was impressed.

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.

If you want to know more about Van Gogh read my blog about Van Goghs Neunen.

Sculpture Van Gogh

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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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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.

So next time instead of working at home try one of these options.

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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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From Mondi to Ecofarm

Mimi’s Ecofarm

Mimi’s Ecofarm is one of the many small private initiatives on Curaçao and can be found near Fuik, Curacao. It is a Mondi (local forest) turned into a natural farm. This Ecofarm works as naturally as possible. For example, they use fish to prevent mosquitoes. And nets over the baths to protect the fish from birds of prey. They also use water plants instead of filters to keep the water clean.

Mimi's Ecofarm

Organic eggs

The chickens and peacocks walk freely around the yard. So organic eggs are a fact and for sale. The geese and the duck have their own garden with a pond.

PeacockMimi's Ecofarm

Visiting

As a visitor you get a tour of the site along the animals and plants with explanations. It is also possible to fish for a fee, take a foot bath with Tilapia fish or organize a children’s party.

It is a great initiative and a good idea to develop this land ecologically and also to provide nature education for children in combination with fun. There is a true running track with obstacles for children.

Mimi's Ecofarm

So if you are looking for organic eggs, some fishing, water plants or garden plants visit them or just visit them and let them show you around. You can find them on Facebook.

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The history of aviation on Curacao is in save hands

Museo Aeronautiko

Curaçao has a lot of unknown museums which are still under construction. One of them I learned about because my mother and father had worked at ALM, the old National airplane company of Curaçao. This museum can only be visited by appointment and is called museo aeronautiko curaçao.

Museum Aeronautiko Curacao

The visit

So we made an appointment and went to Terra Cora on Saturday. What a surprise a starting museum in the backyard of a collector. Before retiring, he collected everything about aviation and, after his retirement, decided to specialize in the aviation of Curaçao.

ALM

The collection

The owner Cedric Bronswinkel leads you around with a story for each displayed attribute. There has been thought thoroughly about the design. You start with a picture of the first balloon flight on Curaçao in 1912, then some small aviations in the port to the first klm flight to Curacao that took 7 days. Nowadays, a flight takes around 9 hours.

Start Aviation Curacao

A bit further on you will find the program booklet of the show of transfer of ALM shares from KLM to the local government of Curaçao. Also all scaled planes of ALM are displayed and all kinds of merchendaise of ALM.

ALM

The future

After that comes the worldly aviation circus. This collection will gradually make way for expansion of the local collection. The plans are ambitious, but realistic. Each attribute is numbered and provided with a story behind the scenes. They would like to make audio tours of these stories. There are also plans for screens that show films and photos of the aviation history of Curaçao, and especially the ALM time. There is also a foundation in formation and they would like to receive shelter at the airport of Curaçao, Hato.

This project certainly deserves support, because the owner leads you around with a lot of passion and there is still much to tell about the Curaçao aviation. Not to mention the history of Curaçao aviation is one to be proud of and should not be lost for future generations.

Aviation Curacao

So if you still have attibutes about the Curaçao aviation do not hesitate to contact the museum. Donations are also more than welcome.

You can find the museum on Facebook or contact them through email.

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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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Summarizing 2018 for Databeet and looking forward to 2019

Sunset at Ameland

Happy New Year! 2018 was a good year for Databeet and me. This is what happened:

  • I finally switch to light weight laptop. It’s smaller, but good for travel
  • I started investing for my pension through Knab crowdfunding and Bright Pension
  • My first co-creation the app Reality Keeper came out
  • I did my first travel hiking vacation as a tour leader and wrote a Dutch blog about it
  • I had my first clients outside the Netherlands on Curaçao, in Spain and Portugal
  • I walked all the NShiking tracks in Noord-Brabant and wrote a Dutch blog about it.
  • I went to a festival about working Location independent in the Spanish pyrenees and wrote two Dutch blogs about it.
  • I finally got to see the famous Giethoorn and wrote a Dutch blog about it.
  • My revenue grew this year too
  • I made my first online course. A big data course for Laudius
  • I got around to start my English website with travel blog
  • I divided my work into two websites: Eyelize.nl for research and Excel and stapvoorstaponline.nl for WordPress and Google Analytics
  • I am doing a small project in French
  • I had pr-exposure 12 times
  • I finished the year of with a Pr-course and making a pr-plan for next year.

2019 is gone be awesome. This are my plans in short:

Early morning

  • I feel it 2019 will be the year I move back to the Randstad. Still looking for something affordable and comfy
  • Improve my Spanish and French
  •  Do 3 city trips in Europe
  • One city trip in United States
  • Go to Curacao
  • Do to trips to the Wadden Islands with Herstelreizen
  • Start an online course on Statistics for beginners in cocreation
  • Publish a book on Statistics in cocreation
  • Do some sightseeing in the Netherlands
  • Hike part one of the Pieterpad (you can join me for part of it or all of it)
  • Get a higher revenue
  • There will be 12 blogs about Research and Excel
  • There will be 12 blogs about WordPress and Google Analytics
  • There will be 52 travel blogs

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The two sides of Willemstad

Punda by night

Willemstad is the capital of Curaçao, the Island I was borne on. It is the only city on the Island. The other places on the Island are called villages or neighborhoods. Willemstad lies in the center of the Island at a natural harbor of the St. Anna bay. This harbor is big enough that some cruise ships can enter. It is a beautiful sight to see ships enter and leave the harbor. You can stand really near and watch the ships enter and leave.

tCruiseship in St.Anna bay

 

Ponton bridge

The harbor St. Anna bay divides Willemstad in two parts Punda (Point) and Otrobanda (The other side). There are two bridges which connects the two parts. A unique ponton bridge, Emma bridge and a really high bridge which ships as big as cruise ships can go underneath, the Juliana bridge. The Ponton bridge sails open when ships need to pass. It’s a nice sight to see. It is also called The swinging old lady.

 

Punda

Of the two parts of Willemstad Punda is the most visited one. Punda is known for its authentic buildings full of color. You can shop in Punda, admire the old buildings and visit one of the many museums. The buildings are on the UNESCO list. Don’t forget to visit the floating market and Marche Bieu and Marche Nobo.

Punda

Floating market

The floating market is a market on the water side. Market stalls has been made with behind the stall a boat. These boat are from Venezuela and come to Curacao to sell fruits and vegetables. It’s a unique market, that looks very colorful. It’s worth a visit. It’s open during the day.

Marche bieu & Nobo

Marche bieu means old market and Nobo means new. These are two markets near each other, both covered. In the Marche Nobo you can get local products, handcraft, snacks, veggies and fruits. In the  Marche bieu local food is sold and served till 2 O’clock in the afternoon. It’s the place to taste local food and eat with locals.

Otrobanda

Otrobanda has been renewed the last few years and are on the UNESCO list. Also, the mega cruise ships that cannot enter the harbor dock at the new mega pier in Otrobanda. This has brought more tourist to this part of town. You can walk through the authentic neighborhood and admire some street art. Don’t forget to stop at the museum Kura Hulanda and learn about the slave history of Curaçao. There are also some shops in the nearby streets. Between the mega pier and the harbor there is also Riffort. The fort was redeveloped and has a hotel and restaurants. You can still admire the cannons and with a bit of imagination how it protected the bay in the old days.

Otrobanda

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Hiking in the tropics

There is a big difference between hiking competitions and running competitions. With running it goes on time, best time. With Hiking is about getting to the finish before a set time, normally. But not at the KLM marathon walking & Hiking 5k.

KLM marathon Start & Finish

The KLM Marathon is an event organized each year on Curaçao. You can participate in five distances, Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K, Trail and 5K. It started as a running event, but this year you could also hike the 10K and the 5K. So, when my aunt asked if I wanted to participate, I said yes. Knowing the Dutch combination run/Hike Dam to Dam I thought the KLM marathon would be the same, an event in an event. But no, it wasn’t. Runners and hikers start at the same time, at the same starting point and same parcour. So, it was a nice chaos at the start with runners and hikers all mixed.

For me this was a totally new experience. I was hiking the 5K, because of a mixed up instead of the 10K. So at 7:30 AM I set of to hike with the others. Even the hikers were hiking fast to get a better time than others. The hike was a competition against time!

Hiking team

7:30 AM is early, but the marathon runners were even earlier 3:30 AM. Yes, in the tropics you must start early if you want to survive the sun. The first part of the parcour is climbing a hill, then you go downhill and at the end of the road you turn to nice walking area called Corridor (Runner). Here you walk back along the sea to the hotel were the finish is.

Corridor, hiking along the sea

It was pretty straight forward the parcour and not difficult. The only thing you are battling is the sun, which is getting higher and higher at that time. If possible I walked in the shades, because it was hot, but doable. I loved the experience. It was my first competition walked on Curacao.  It was well organized and not too crowded. I hope for Curacao that KLM keeps on organizing this event in the future.

Medal

Ps: If you want to know I hiked the 5 km in 00:52:18 about 5,7k/h. This is way faster than when I hike trails. And I got a nice medal.

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Curaçao vs Netherlands

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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One thing I like about living in Eindhoven

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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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