Beautiful Bali

Beautiful Bali

Als ik een euro kreeg voor elke keer dat iemand van mijn virtuele vrienden de afgelopen jaren naar Bali afzakte, dan kon ik nog wel een keer of drie rond de wereld. Bali is hot, en dat sprak me aanvankelijk niet geweldig aan. De voorbije maanden bleek meermaals dat...

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...

Fairy Meadows

Fairy Meadows

It was the first day of Ramzan (Ramadan), and the Fairy Meadows were completely abandoned. Down at Raikot bridge it had been a sunny, clear-skied day, but up here, at 3300m, the 9th highest mountain in the world dictated the weather. Nanga Parbat (8126m) hid its...

Rakaposhi

Rakaposhi

Rakaposhi is the 27th highest mountain in the world at 7788m. It’s name means ‘snow covered’ in the local language, and for good reason. I hiked to its basecamp in May and encountered lots and lots of the white cold powdery stuff. It made for an interesting ascent......

Hushe Valley, land of giants

Hushe Valley, land of giants

I followed Paco Ali like a shadow, jumping from rock to rock across a raging river. The river wasn’t deep, or particularly broad, but the water was freezing cold and one misstep would mean an emergency retreat to the Refugio 10km further down the valley where we...

Couchsurfing in Islamabad, Pakistan

Couchsurfing in Islamabad, Pakistan

The bus makes its way along the Karakoram Highway, twisting and turning and shaking like a wounded snake on amphetamines. Mostly up it goes, for the length of the 490km that separate Islamabad from Gilgit, capital city of the Gilgit-Baltistan area, the pearl of...

KAWTHAUNG – Southern gateway to a new country

KAWTHAUNG – Southern gateway to a new country

Diana and I are running late when we arrive to the Tha Saphlan Plaa jetty, where the Thai immigration post is located. Despite being woken up at 7 in the morning by a strange and very loud parade passing under the balcony of the Ranong hostel dorm we are sharing, we...

A month in Thailand

A month in Thailand

I’ve just crossed the border between Thailand and Myanmar. A little frequented land border mostly used by tourists doing visa runs to renew their Thai visas, thereby spending only minutes in the fascinating young country that Myanmar is. I on the other hand couldn’t...

Bye bye 2017, you’ve been great (to me)

Bye bye 2017, you’ve been great (to me)

2017 Recap Dear 2017, we've had fun together. You've been one of those years where everything worked out really well in the end. You've given me lots of changes to deal with, allowed me to reach personal and professional goals and gave me some well-spent time with the...

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...