Overlanding Europe and meeting the Balkan Mafia

After my February travels from Brussels to Cologne, Bergamo and Milan I ended up a bit traumatized with flying. It’s been many years since flying gave me a pleasing sensation in the belly, filled me with excitement and bubbles and the past year I just generally try to avoid it. Last year I went from…

Nature and culture comes together above the Polar Circle

Though I have often told friends and other travellers about the far North of my country, the enticing wonders of Northern Lights and the spectacular Midnight Sun, me myself actually never set foot further north than half way up the country. I knew there’s a nature as well as a culture that’s unfortunately too unknown…

How to choose love with a trauma in your soul

Before the revolution, Iran was a progressive country, with a long history right in the middle of world politics. During the reign of the long list of Shahs Iran had good contacts with the Western world, the empires of Russia and China, strategically located right in between. Also in their modern history, Iran was an…

Not weird, but a bit quirky

As I established in my last entry, Iran is a surprisingly normal country with an unfair and bad reputation. That, however, doesn’t mean it is like any other country, or, for that sake, similar to “home”. No, Iran has it’s uniqueness, apart from the people being extraordinarily nice. The strict laws enforced since the revolution…

An /extra/ordinary place to be

I have now spent almost two weeks bip bopping around the central parts of Iran. Before I came here I was nervous, almost content with the fact that I didn’t have to go if I didn’t really want to. Weighing my options, the possibility of shortening my stay and going back to old familiar roads;…

What’s religion?

My interest in history, the fact that I consider myself a reader, my experiences on the road as well as off the road – this should all be very helpful when it comes to planning my travelling, both to optimise and maximise the experience. But no, I walk around as unknowingly as ever, blissfully ignorant,…

Clap along if you know what happiness is to you!

For sure, the world isn’t perfect, but come one, who is? Just as any formation or composition, we are all just as good as the pieces we are made of. If we choose to neglect parts of us, we will feel worse. If a company neglects a certain department, it will be less profitable. If…

My one true love

As if I haven’t already proclaimed my love for Italy in the same sense as Shakespeare let his Romeo invent new words to fully testify his love for Julia – but here we go again. And yes, there’s no escaping that the country, it’s landscapes and nature; the variations from coast to inland, from the…

My age is actually an important number

I think it is too important for too many of us to be important. If I require your time and energy, if I, whoever I am, require you to see me through digital or analogue eyes, I should be important. When everyone else is hiding behind images, posts, re posts and quotes, those who write,…

A hitch hikers guide to Myanmar

Having spent a short time with a pronounced hitch hiker, a guy that solemnly used that form of transportation wherever he was, and where ever he was going, in the world. From street corners of his home town to the endless miles across Siberian Russia. Through African deserts and Malaysian highlands. Years and years of…