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Snapshots of Hong Kong

Snapshots of Hong Kong

Hoe lang is een Chinees? Zijn Chinezen in eigen land even vastberaden om alle andere toeristen te vernederen wat betreft het aantal genomen selfies? Hoe hou je die stokjes precies vast om efficiënt een portie noedels naar binnen te werken? En vooral: is het mogelijk...

Photo journal – Rovinj, pearl in Istria’s Adriatic crown

Photo journal – Rovinj, pearl in Istria’s Adriatic crown

Can't choose between Italy's vast cultural heritage, world class food scene and picturesque village life on one hand and Croatia's endless, emerald blue coastline and vibrant island life on the other? Combine both countries' qualities and visit Istria, Croatia's...

Chapter 11 – Rushing through Italy

Chapter 11 – Rushing through Italy

It's late when Andrea parks the Twingo in a dark corner of the parking lot. Raindrops caress the ink black surface of the Garda lake that expands into the distance next to the car. A hooded figure is waiting for us at the entrance to the street. Eugenia, a childhood...

Chapter 10 – A walk in the Dolomites

Chapter 10 – A walk in the Dolomites

It’s almost 10pm when Andrea and I stop at a Penny supermarket a little off the German autobahn somewhere around Frankfurt. We’ve been driving the entire afternoon after meeting at the infamous Liège train station, where Andrea managed to free some space in the...

Chapter 4 – Kungsleden part II

Chapter 4 – Kungsleden part II

In my opinion, the people that are hiking Kungsleden can be roughly subdivided in 4 big categories. The 'lone rangers', like me, are people that are hiking by themselves, although quite a few haul a dog along for company. They are mostly friendly, adventurous and...

Chapter 3 – Kungsleden, part I

Chapter 3 – Kungsleden, part I

Different from what you would expect, hitchhiking seems to get easier the emptier the roads and the more remote the places you are trying to get to. A Finnish couple on their way to visit grandma left me at a random junction only to pick me up again after their visit....

Chapter 2 – Karhunkierros

Chapter 2 – Karhunkierros

It was already after 7 PM when I walked into Juuma, a little sleepy village along the Karhunkierros trail. A few decrepit houses, scattered around the end of a lonely road leading deep into the forest being the only reason to even call it a village. The day had...

Chapter 1 – The start of an adventure

Chapter 1 – The start of an adventure

Juha throws a few more spoonfuls of water on the hot sauna stove. Steam rises and another heat wave reverberates through the small wooden room and hits our bodies. It's 1.30am but the tiny square window of the sauna provides plenty of natural light. "Lake time!" Juha...

Intro

Intro

It's 11.30am when I get out of Hugo's car. My mind is racing. Excited to finally make it out of the city. Hugo understands. "You don't come to Finland for its cities," he says. "You're right," I answer. "I want to go north. The real, distant north, above the arctic...

CAPPADOCIA – Flying a hot air balloon into the sunrise

CAPPADOCIA – Flying a hot air balloon into the sunrise

In een luchtballon over het Centraal-Anatolische Plateau glijden tijdens zonsopgang, wie droomt er niet van? Er moeten zowat tienduizend miljoen miljard foto’s circuleren op het internet van ochtendlijke ballonvaartjes in Cappadocia, centraal Turkije, het...