There I was, wearing only a shirt and a trouser in a place where it was freezing. Only a few hours earlier I was still in a place where my clothes did justice to the weather, 10.000 kilometre to the south where I was threatened to death once again on the morning of departure. By now I was back in a country where everyone speaks my language, where I know the public transport system and where I can get the food I haven’t had since I left home.
When I left home in July 2016, I only knew 2 things: I was gonna be away from home for a long time and my first destination was Brunei. I would travel around South East Asia, but had no idea where I would go exactly. You can have a lot of fun in South East Asia, but after a few months I realized that I had enough of it. Too much of the same and too commercialized. I wanted a destination more adventurous, a place where I can really go out exploring instead of being surrounded by dozens of selfiesticks and where I can talk to locals who are truly interested in talking to me. Continue reading “Stuck in the Jungle”
It’s been a long time since I wrote an article on this website. A lot has changed. I’ve quit my job, bought a one way ticket and left home. I’ve now been on the road for more than 5 months. I wanted something new; being in another environment for a longer period and see places in the world that I haven’t seen before. As I wanted to stay on the road for a longer time than I ever did before, sticking to my budget is more important than on any of my previous trips.
Kids were dressed up, cars were decorated, flags were being waved on the streets and buildings were lightened. The national colours of Oman were to be found everywhere in the capital. I had no idea before I arrived, but it was National Day. Nationalism was on display all over. Continue reading “Nationalism on display in Oman”
Getting around Oman was gonna be a challange. Most of the places worth visiting are located in rural areas and public transport is hardly excisting. Still I didn’t want the difficulties to stop me from going there. I’d have to leave my comfort zone again to get all out of trip. Hitchhiking in Oman happened to be the easiest way to get around.
It took me a long time to book my ticket to Central Asia. I’ve been mulling whether I should go or not. When I finally purchased my ticket, I still hadn’t convinced myself if I had made the right decision, or if it was a mistake.
Weddings seem to play an important role in the lives of the people in Central Asia. Cities in this region are mostly much smaller than the metropoles elsewhere in the world, but still I saw wedding ceremonies on a daily basis. On my second day in Kyrgyzstan I was spontenously invited by the family and friends of newlyweds. Crashing a wedding party gave me a nice insight in the local culture.
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Once upon a time there was a traveller called Martin. He spent his summer travelling around Central Asia. At the end of a long trip, he decided to spend his final days in Central Asia around Kyrgyzstan’s Issyk Kul. Issyk Kul is a beautiful Alpine lake in Kyrgyzstan, surrounded by green mountain tops at an altitude of 1600 meter. Apart from chilling out at the countless cafes and the beach in Cholpon-Ata, he wanted to see some more. Therefore he went on a daytrip to the south shore to see the Fairytale Canyon. And more.
Since I visited Gdansk for the first time in 2012, I went back 5 times. No surprise that I really love the city. It was only on my 6th visit that I explored Zaspa, home of fabulous street art.
One of the best aspects of traveling is meeting local people. Often, I use the Couchsurfing community to meet up with locals, but also hanging out at cafes or meeting friends of friends are good opportunities. But sometimes it happens when you don’t plan on meeting locals, like the time when I went on a train ride in Azerbaijan, heading for the border with Georgia. Continue reading “Making new friends on a train ride in Azerbaijan”