Ex post facto

In retrospect, what has travelling taught me so far? I know who I am when I travel. And I like it. Nature is like water. I thrive in it. I can be Dutch, European and a world citizen at different times and all at the same time. There is no rush in the mountains. It’sContinue reading “Ex post facto”

These are a few of my favourite things

The last ever weekly photo challenge by the Daily Post, and it’s going out with a bang! Post your all-time favourites! I can’t choose just one, so here are a few of my favourite photos from my travels through New Zealand.

Matukituki River

The gorgeous Matukituki River is a braided river in Mt. Aspiring N.P. on the South Island of New Zealand. One day last January, I did a jet boating tour in the morning and a 4WD tour in the afternoon (during which I took this photo). The area is stunning!! It was also one of my favouriteContinue reading “Matukituki River”

Amsterdamse Waterleidingduinen

Last Summer a friend of mine and I hiked through the Amsterdamse Waterleidingduinen. The dune area is a protected nature reserve and also helps supply drinking water for the city of Amsterdam. Last time we attempted to hike there, there was a huge storm and it wouldn’t have been safe to go and hike (apparentlyContinue reading “Amsterdamse Waterleidingduinen”

May the forest be with you

These photos are from when I hiked the Bosbesjestocht (blueberries hike) for the third time last year. It’s a beautiful route starting in Groesbeek, near Nijmegen. The route leads across the border into Germany and passes through the beautiful Reichswald. It’s a lovely hike through forest and along small back roads.

Roots and belonging

This week’s photography challenge inspires me greatly. I live in the Netherlands and I’ve always felt the confines of the small country I call my home. With 17 million people on a small stretch of land that you can drive through from one end to the other in about three hours, I sometimes feel claustrophobic.Continue reading “Roots and belonging”

Wouldn’t have wanted to miss it

I’d say it’s highly unlikely that I’ll attempt to hike the Fjällräven Classic again. I tried it twice and failed both times at the same spot: Sälka (see photo). This doesn’t mean I’m discouraged to go outdoors and hike! I still plan to do multiple day hikes, but maybe in less rough terrain (at least forContinue reading “Wouldn’t have wanted to miss it”

Geological marvels

“The Moeraki Boulders are a group of large spherical “stones” on Koekohe Beach near Moeraki on New Zealand’s Otago coast. These boulders are actually concretions that have been exposed through shoreline erosion from coastal cliffs. Even today, there are still boulders remaining in the mudstone that will, eventually, fall on to the beach as theyContinue reading “Geological marvels”