EPiPHAnY during LUNCH

During Lunch, I had an epiphany. Actually, it was more like being shocked. At first, I was VERY IMPRESSED with how great the food tasted. For a moment. It was just some toast with salted butter and avocado. But somehow IT TASTED AMAZING. “Wow!” I thought. How can this...

Nomadic life

In August 2015 I started traveling around the world after having worked for seven years for Stenden University in the Netherlands. I had traveled quite a lot before that job and did not think I would travel extensively, again. In May, the virus hit after learning...

I am here because I want to

I am here because I want to. And I want to because it is relevant. I want to experience it. I am in this time, this earth, this experience because it is relevant. In another timeline, a parallel version of reality, I could be still depressed. Or I could be completely...

Adventure starts only now

Every wished to explore the world? Or have another adventure you’ve been dreaming about? I did not regret my decision to make a trip around the world and start all over again. Stepping into the unknown felt scary, but oh, I LOVED THE FEELING TO BE ON THE MOVE AGAIN. I...

Genieten of winnen en verliezen?

“Ik word zo fanatiek als ik een spel speel met mijn familie. Ik baal als ik aan het verliezen ben en dat vind ik weer vervelend.” Dat zei een vriendin jaren geleden tegen mij. Ik had wel eens met hen meegespeeld. Niet om te winnen en toch won ik soms. Mijn doel was om...

True courage in Tolkien’s stories

Through the stories of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, there are the recurring themes of good and bad, death and life. Underlying all of those, there is the theme of true courage. Gandalf offers both Bilbo and Frodo wisdom and they hear what he says, because...

To the ends of the earth

I started blogging about my journey, but after a while, I wasn’t motivated any longer. I started enjoying taking video selfies, though, when I was totally relaxed and enjoying the scenery. One day, I found a piano in a church and had fun improvising. The idea started...

Travel planning, more or less stress?

I got into a few adventures because of minimal travel planning. It put me on the spot and I had to be creative and take some risks. During my trip, I wanted to visit certain people and places, but only a few while in all those seven months. Together with the dates of...

Adventures without a plan

I did not write any post after having been on the road for a few weeks. The novelty of the experiences wore off and my adventures started to feel ‘normal’. I guess, that is when you stop writing, when you don’t feel you have any novelty to share. Yet, my trip has been...

Embracing life – a grateful ode to 37 years of existence

I have a feeling of relief and happiness after realizing that life will only go forward. I sit outside of Starbucks on Maui, Hawaii, drinking a free birthday coffee. Tomorrow, this body will have been on this planet for 37 years. A good moment to look back and be...

Dave’s video

The first video I made on my trip around the world was with Dave. We had a conversation with some new friends about marketing and I said that I wanted to see marketing consist of real and authentic stories, for example, with Dave. He was all into it. A few days later...

Giving all that I have

I just had an amazing conversation with Stephanie. I connected with her on my first day in Boulder and she offered me a place to sleep for the first night. She’s an amazing woman who coaches executives and I asked her if she could help me answering some questions. She...

Getting to Boulder

I am dropped off at OZO coffeeshop at Pearl street and look at the menu to find something that feels good. I go for a Bhakti Chai with almond milk and less sweetener. Who, that is spicy! It has quite some ginger in it. We really are in granola city! The guy that gave...

Camping out

At the gas station, I write my story because I am excited and want to write it down. I sit outside and I for some reason I would like to see a movie. I ask around if there is a movie theater and yes, there is one that does movies, or better said, a movie, on Saturdays...

Colorado roads

At the motel, I took a shower in the evening (8:30 PM that is) and went straight to bed. Next morning, I take another shower, open the door and let the fresh air in. I had a great night. I have some fun on the internet with a group I just joined and take it easy....

Hitchhiking

Yesterday I got excited about hitchhiking. Today, there was no excitement, but I had myself dropped off at a gas station near the highway anyway. It was where I spent most of the day, trying not to worry, trying to ask people, making a sign and standing at the road,...

Happiness and realization

I woke up so fresh and so happy. Yesterday, I visited a couple together with Aaron and we had a lot of goofy fun. It was great to be together, besides the black bean chocolate muffins we ate that had no flour. I realized a few things this morning. Having fun is being...

Moeiteloos

Wat ik begrijp over het leven is dat hoe meer ik loslaat denk te weten, hoe meer ik echt ga zien hoe het is. Dus hoe minder ik een mening over iets hoef te hebben, of iets goed of fout te vinden, hoe meer ik zie zoals het echt is. Terwijl wat ik echt noem misschien...

Adventure in the rain

I had a little bit of an adventure yesterday. I left the house, locked the door and would have to entertain myself until Sam, my host, would come back because I did not have a key. Great situation for an adventure, I would say. I went down the road to see an East...

Bezoek in de zwarte wijk

Charlotte, NC – 18 augustus 2015 Ik zit in het huis van Sam, een jonge, blanke gast die midden in een zwarte wijk woont. De kids komen elke avond basketballen bij hem op de oprit. Terwijl ik wat aan het lezen was, hoorde ik geklop op de deur. Ik dacht: zal ik open...

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