Love for the outdoors

In the Netherlands most of us don’t really grow up with the outdoors like for example Norwegians or Swedes do. We are not taught how to use a compass, hike for long stretches, we don’t learn basic survival skills etc. I’m generalising of course, because there are ways to spend time outdoors. For example, thereContinue reading “Love for the outdoors”

Travelling solo

Sometimes people tell me that they think it’s brave of me to travel by myself and that they could never do it themselves. My response to that is usually along the lines of everybody being different and wanting different things, and how that’s completely fine. Sometimes people seem to pity me for not having someoneContinue reading “Travelling solo”

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.


The Routeburn Track, one of my proud accomplishments. I’ll gladly experience this amazing trek again if it meant immersing myself in this incredible landscape again as well. On this photo, I had long passed the highest point of the trek (Harris Saddle) and was making my way down to Lake MacKenzie Hut, which you canContinue reading “Enrichment”

The road less travelled

Trekking from hut to hut through amazing nature, enjoying the most amazing scenery along the Routeburn Track was quite invigorating. Forget the aching, forget the sweating, this is when I felt alive…and I’d do it all over again.

Climb every mountain

Trekking through the lush green forests and getting higher and higher up the mountain. Every once in a while I had to stop and take a picture to capture how much I had hiked to get there. The Routeburn Track was amazing to do and seeing these pictures again fills me with that fuzzy warm feeling of pride and nostalgia.Continue reading “Climb every mountain”

Promise of a beautiful day

I took this photo at the beginning of the Routeburn Track. The haziness in the background, the sun trying to break through the clouds, it held the promise of a beautiful day. The first leg of the trek consisted almost exclusively of climbing, so I enjoyed the ‘flat bits’ while it lasted. 😉

Where an adventure began

I can honestly say that the Routeburn Track was one of the most incredible experiences of my life. I wanted to do a trekking for ages and in January 2012, that dream finally became a reality. Before the ‘real thing’ started, I had to cross two swing bridges, of which this is one. Not aContinue reading “Where an adventure began”