Another early morning… worth it!

Siem Reap, Cambodia –┬áThe next morning we woke up 5 AMish in order to see the magic sunrise at Angkor Wat. And even though you’re watching together with about 500 other lucky people, it’s magic. The most exciting part of watching sunrise at Angkor for me was the walk in the pitch dark. You’re walking…

My first Asia encounter

Siem Reap, Cambodia – My first encounter with Asia was so good. I was picked up from the airport in Siem Reap by the nicest tuktuk-driver. Considering I hadn’t slept in over 36 hours, I was really happy when, in the afternoon, I found out I had a private room with television. And, oh goody,…

More beach at the Coromandel Peninsula

Whitianga, New Zealand – After the one day of sunshine at Tauranga… it was back to rain. No surprise in New Zealand I guess. Even though it wasn’t beach weather, I still decided to go up to Coromandel Peninsula. The peninsula is amazingly beautiful. The InterCity busses only take you around one way. And the…

To the Bay of Plenty

Tauranga/Mount Maunganui, New Zealand – After leaving Rotorua rather quickly after rafting, I headed for the Bay of Plenty. I had no idea what to expect at Tauranga and Mount Maunganui, except for another beautiful beach. And I wasn’t disappointed. The small town of Mount Maunganui was incredibly cosy. Oh and Christmas was on its…

Smelly Rotorua

Rotorua, New Zealand – After all these days in Taupo it was time to move on. Together with Maarten we decided to go to Rotorua. Rotorua is located in an area with volcanic activity and is famous for its geysers and hot springs. Both very positive things… unfortunately, it also smells like rotten eggs. Of…

Guess how old these are?

Taupo, New Zealand – After four days in Taupo, I still wasn’t ready to leave. The hot tub where we spent our evenings was too attractive. Even though you’re travelling and you don’t need to do anything, I still felt the need to do something or go somewhere every day. So after a day spent…

Skating in the Netherlands

Haulerwijk, The Netherlands – Being home is strange. Watching all the pictures from the past six months makes me want to leave again. But then again, the Netherlands in winter isn’t too bad either at the moment! It’s pretty and lots of fun!

Lingering in Taupo

Taupo, New Zealand – I wasn’t sure what to do after the Tongariro Crossing. I was expecting sore muscles the next day… somehow, though, I had no problems at all. Yes… I just wanted to mention that because I’m secretly proud of that ;-) The next day, the weather was still terrible and together with…

Mount Doom

Taupo, New Zealand – After surfing I met with Frea, one of the girls I met on the Flying Kiwi tour, for dinner. It was her last evening in New Zealand and she was almost going home. It felt so good seeing a familiar face in Auckland. After one night in the city of sails,…

Home… where it’s freezing

Haulerwijk, The Netherlands – I’m home. It has been over a week now. To be honest, at the end of the trip I was looking forward to go home. I wanted to catch up with friends and family, was craving potatoes and Dutch cheese, and longed for my own bed. But what everyone told me…

Surfing.. or attempting to at paradise

Ahipara, New Zealand – Now, I can call the Ahipara surf lodge my home for the next few days. We arrived here yesterday and had a surf immediately. We only went out of the water when it got dark. Dinner was at 22/23 and this morning we got up at 5.30. Every muscle in my…