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city trip, culture, Estonia, Latvia, Lituania, nature, outdoor cooking, Poland, road trip, Tjechia, travel

east from south to north

There’s a lot to say about our trip up north, but I think that the keyword here is: contrast. Cultural differences, priorities in life, incomparable historic backgrounds, childhood opportunities, food and cuisine, attitude concerning nature preservation, styles in architecture and housing, traditions or the lack of them, openness towards others, landscapes, the amount of daylight and so much more.
There’s only one thing that was a constant during our drive up north and that was the absence of litter. Everything was so clean. It is a huge difference with the eastern, south-eastern and southern part of our trip.

nature, Poland, travel

on trees

Travelling is about creating strong memories and lasting impressions. One of those places that had a huge impact on me lies in the northeast of Poland, near the Belarusian border.

nature, paddling, rivers

on rivers

The ecosystem that a river is, is a vulnerable equilibrium containing water, plants, trees, fish, insects, rocks, hydraulics, nutrients and much more, which all have their purposes somewhere from its source to where it debouches and in most cases even further into the salty oceans and seas.
The river is not just water. It’s life and it’s a home for many.

packrafting, paddling, road trip, Slovenia, travel

whitewater fun, friendship and awareness

I never could have imagined that the Soča would become a special place for me. This beautiful river with its amazing colour is a great place for paddlers and all kinds of skill levels. Some sections are easy, some are challenging and some are insane or even forbidden.Earlier, I bought myself an Alpackaraft (Huh???) and there couldn’t be a better place to start paddling it there, but if your inexperienced, you might want some help taking the first steps.That’s why I registered last minute for the European Packrafting meet-up (The what???).

France, outdoor cooking, road trip, tips and tricks, travel

a plan coming together

What is that plan? Our plan is a very rough route that we set out more than a year and a half ago. We would first travel east to Romania, from there around the southern Black Sea to Georgia, than we would make our way back to the west, to Portugal and from there we would drive up north to the cape. In between those destinations we would cross more than twenty countries and we estimated to drive around 35 000 k. The timetable was simple, early fall we needed to be in Georgia so we would have plenty of snow-free mountain time, the south of Europe and Portugal would make a good destination to spent the winter and heading north would be in the same pace as spring would arrive.Sounds like a solid plan, doesn’t it?

fishing, Portugal, road trip, Spain, surfing, travel

Iberian exploits and how beauty and wonder make us more determent human beings

We travelled for 20 000 k and climate change is real and it’s out there. We worry when we see vast areas that are destroyed by forest fires and drought, we worry when we hear that they only could ski for one weekend that year because there was almost no snow, we worry when people call us lucky because it didn’t rain for months now, we worry because we saw so many beautiful things that are on the verge of disappearing for ever. It’s just a shame that so much beauty might go to waste when we don’t act now.

fishing, Italy, road trip, travel, Workaway

Living and working on an island, our Sardinian Workaway

We often fantasize about how it would be to abandon our busy city life, quit our jobs and move to the Ardennes or even abroad to start a more sustainable and peaceful life in the countryside where we can grow our own vegetables, keep bees, pigs, chickens and a cow. We tend to see only the romantic part of it. But reality thought us that hard work and perseverance alone are not enough. There are plenty of other factors that influence your chance on success and happiness.
The key element is not to be afraid to make choices, even if they turn your life upside down and inside out. The road lies ahead and if you keep looking over your shoulder, you’ll only hit your head.