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From China’s Paradise To Hustling & Bustling Hong Kong

In 2006 the Dutch travel show host Chris Zegers visited Yangshuo, a beautiful town in the Southern province of Guangxi, China. He predicted that it wouldn’t take long before the masses would discover this place and, Chris, I can tell you my man: you were damn right! If everyone does it, it must be fun! Since the beginning of our…

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Ticket To Ride China

On Tuesday 30 July we left Pyongyang railway station and after we switched trains in Dandong we had another 14 hours before our arrival in Beijing, 23 hours after we’d left the DPRK. The rest of that day was spent in The Village, a shopping complex in Beijing where we had a final lunch with our Dutch buddies at Hatsune…

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Single Hearted Unity – North Korea

Where to begin when trying to capture the most amazing trip ever in one blog post? So yeah, this is probably going to be a long one… Here we go, North Korea – the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea – the Hermit Kingdom – or, just as they call it themselves, Korea. The World’s Most Notorious Airline On Thursday we…

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Ni Hao Beijing

Okay, so we’re still alive and kicking (though we’re nearly melting since it’s 39 degrees at the moment). To be honest we were kinda relieved to discover that China is not as disgusting and crowded as we expected it to be. Tomorrow morning we’ll be leaving China for a couple of days for, let’s say, the main event of this trip:…

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This North Korean Boy Will Melt Your Heart

This is the cutest kid ever! And what a great performer, right? I must have watched this clip from the North Korea episode of Departures over fifty times and it still melts my heart every time I watch it. If I meet this little dude in North Korea, I’m definitely getting his autograph. I’m in love ♥.

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The Trip Of A Lifetime Is About To Commence – China & North Korea

Only 13 days left before our grand China & North Korea adventure. Wait a minute. ONLY 13 MORE DAYS?! Right. In 2 weeks we’ll have just touched down right about now (around 3pm Chinese local time) and I’m probably walking around the old Hutong area in Beijing with a nice hot and sweaty back but also wearing a smile from…

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The Footprint Challenge

In September 2012 I started the Better the World Traineeship. For this program me and 7 other young professionals founded The Footprint Challenge. We started looking for people who weren’t afraid to accept a challenge and who were willing to try to reduce their ecological footprint within 40 days and contribute to a better and greener world. On 1 January 2013…

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Rowing In Republika Bulgaria

Yes, that’s right. Another rowing world championship in Eastern Europe! This time around we travelled all the way to Bulgaria. And to be fair, if it weren’t for all these rowing championships, my Eastern European Countries check-list would be a lot thinner. It’s not that this area doesn’t attract me, on the contrary. I would love to cross all former…

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Welcome To The 2012 Olympics

Since my brother was in the Olympic selection up till mid 2012, and tickets for the Olympic Games had to be secured extremely early on, we figured we’d go anyway since this is an event you have to experience once in your life. So in July we got on the boat to England for the 2012 Olympics! Together with my mom, my…

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The Real Africa

The summer of 2012 was a pretty good one as far as adventures go: Africa, the Olympic Games and Bulgaria! In June my man and I got on a plane to Lusaka. Okay, whatka? Yes, Lusaka, the capital of Zambia. Uhm, Zambia? Yes, that’s right, Zambia. For most travellers to the African continent Zambia is not very high on the list,…

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Privet Belarus

In February me & my 3 Harvard buddies (including my man) took a trip to the very cold and very communist country Belarus. This destination actually emerged as some sort of joke. We were brainstorming about an “off-the-grid-trip”, so let’s say not your average citytrip. Astana (Kazakhstan)? Chisinau (Moldova)? Yerevan (Armenia)? And when somebody mentioned Minsk I immediately jumped up and said:…

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Rowing In Republika Slovenia

In 2011 my brother was selected to compete in yet another world rowing championship and this time around we travelled to… Slovenia! Same event in just another Eastern European country. WRONG! Slovenia is nothing like any other country in Eastern Europe. It feels much more like Western Europe and yes, you can even pay with the Euro. So, it’s like Austria…

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Morocco: Couscous With Couscous And Couscous

In the spring of 2011 my dad and his wife decided to take us kids out to majestic Marrakech, Morocco! We rented an amazing Riad (read: house) in the middle of the ancient medina (read: maze) with beautifully decorated rooms and wonderful home-cooked Moroccan food. The medina, with its many little shops, is a great place to buy all sorts…

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Harvard: This Is It

This is it, here I stand  – Michael Jackson Yes… This is it. My final post from the US of A. Quite an emotial moment! Just like the last update, this one is also written on the bus between Boston and NYC (too bad, I have this snoring Asian chick who gets way too close as a neighbor – helloooo:…

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Harvard: Sweet Goodbyes

Tears in your eyes, sweet goodbyes  – Krezip My last update was written behind my desk in my Harvard dorm room at Winthrop, this update is blasted into the world from the bus between Boston and NYC. The bus?! Yes, the bus. In the US it’s very common to have wifi access (ánd power outlets) in a $15 busdrive. Nice.…

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