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chronicles of a modern bohemian with itchy feet

Heavenly food that will blow you away

It’s no secret that I love to eat. Add great food to a nice destination and that’s how I would imagine heaven. Japan is one of those destinations where eating well is easy. Before our visit, I had already booked a few higher-end restaurants: Joel Robuchon – located very close to our first hotel in Tokyo, Roppongi S (we didn’t go…

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Sakura Sakura

It’s been 8 months (35 weeks exactly) since we’ve visited Japan and since then many people have visited this amazing country after us and asked for tips, which I have plenty. I never got to the point of writing them down on this webpage until today. Some reasons for this massive delay are rather emotional,…

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Where to nap in Japan

Unlike most countries I’ve visited, booking ahead is a must while traveling in Japan. Especially if your planning your visit during the Spring. We’ve met several fellow-travelers being stuck in a city a little longer, because they couldn’t find accommodation for their next destination, or moving hostels because the place where they stayed couldn’t provide…

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Tokyo – Kyoto – Matsue – Miyajima & Hiroshima – Osaka – Kumano Kodo (Chikatsuyu – Hongu) – Shirahama (beach) – Osaka – Tokyo

Our ‘Epic’ Baby-moon

Sometimes I wish I could go back in time to high-five myself for past decisions and actions. First, I would go back to October 2014 and thank myself for saying ‘yes’ to going out for drinks with this witty guy. Next, I would go back to the beginning of June 2016 and congratulate us on the…

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Visiting king Julien and his lemurs: Madagascar!

It has been a while since our big trip around Africa and Asia, but I still remember visiting this beautiful island like it was yesterday. In preparation of our 6 month journey, we gathered at our kitchen bar with the World Atlas I still had from primary school. We would pick 10 countries to visit….

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Mobile Citizens of the World: 24h in Rotterdam.

Last weekend the boyfriend surprised me with a weekend abroad to celebrate our first year as a couple. By now he knows how I value experiences over material things. He also knows that I prefer experiences that take place beyond national borders. So he booked us a night at CitizenM in Rotterdam. Only a short drive from…

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Happy Footprints…

They are arriving at their first destination as I’m writing. Windhoek. The start of a wonderful journey, that’s going to change their lives forever. Whilst their departure came closer, I experienced various emotions over the last few days. Sadness, pride, nostalgia, chagrin, mercy, annoyance, joy, congeniality, distress,.. Not to forget jealousy. I’m not even “secretly a little jealous”, like…

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Little mandarin discovering the Big Apple

“Concrete jungle where dreams are made of… There’s nothing’ you can’t do, now you’re in New York..” New York, New York. A city so nice, they named it twice.  Shoot me in the face, but it took me a few visits before I could fully appreciate the New York Madness. “Go to New York” they said, “You’ll…

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Turkish Delight

1983. Daddy left Belgium with wife & kids to live as an expat for the last time. Destination: Istanbul. Fascinating stories continue to intrigue until this day. It’s where I learned to walk. Where I learned to talk (my first word allegedly being mayonnaise). It’s where my big sis taught me to draw with my…

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