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 why I like to share the 7 things I would definitely like to do in Spain.

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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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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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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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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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.

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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.

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 coke 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!

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Are you sponsoring next year? 

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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.

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