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chronicles of a modern bohemian with itchy feet

There’s something about Barcelona.

As most great love stories go, we met quite unexpectedly and rather unintentionally. When my big sis turned 18, she went backpacking through India with her boyfriend, so my high school best friend & I started dreaming of our first backpack adventure too. Latin America. That would be our first destination. Little did we know…

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Let me take you to Paris.

Don’t date a girl who travels. She believes every occasion calls for a trip. Don’t date a girl who travels. She’ll book two nights at her favourite hotel and plan a dinner date at one of her most treasured restaurants. She’ll announce it the day before your actual birthday – because she’s too excited about going…

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Take a Hike! You might like one of these…

I’m not telling you it’s gonna be easy, but I’m telling you it’s gonna be worth it. My 5 favourite hikes around the world 1. Annapurna Circuit – Nepal (14 days – ∧5.416m) Feel tiny and lilliputian between the massive 8000m Himalayan peaks, while crossing world’s highest Thorong La Pass around day 10. Take it slow at…

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In search of the silverbacks – the ultimate safari

At a certain point during our big 6 month trip (back in 2010), we ended up relaxing on Zanzibar for a while. The food there was amazing – if you order it four hours in advance, that is – until  Ramadan started. And after taking life slow and snorkelling for a day or ten, it was time for…

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¡Hasta la Victoria. Juntos!

We danced by water ‘neath the Cuban sky. Drank some great mojito’s by a string of blue lights…. He was with me… I would definitely not label Cuba as being poor. It’s rather a decaying country, faded glory, “a prince in a poor man’s coat” as Lonely Planet writer Brendan Sainsbury perfectly described it. Between the moulder…

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¡Hasta la Victoria. Siempre!

La Habana – Las Terrazas – Viñales – Cienfuegos – Trinidad – Cayo Coco & Playa Pilar – Santa Clara

8 reasons why everyone should travel alone once in his/her life

Last October I wrote my first “article” or whatever you could call it. I had just come back from Costa Rica and some of the people I’d seen after my return didn’t get why I could possibly enjoy traveling by myself. I tried to explain, but still they didn’t seem to really understand, so I…

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Another year draws to its close

2014 has been quite an emotional roller coaster – to say the least. A year of great travels and big emotions. It started off with some business travels to Berlin and Phoenix. Thanks to the great company of my colleague Maartje, business turned into pleasure easily. In March I got my flat some cabrio windows –…

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New kid in town: Labyrinth

Antwerp is known by outsiders as a good party-spot. For the insiders, that’s not always the case. You go to the same bars and clubs, run into the same people, time after time. We’ve gone out at the same club nearly every Saturday for the last 3 years. Sure, there have been many fun moments! But…

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The Canary Gin Bar: Home of Bath Gin

Gin of a Different Persuasion I must admit, when everyone suggested us to visit the Gin Bar, I didn’t have high expectations. Just another gin bar –  so I thought – so the hype isn’t just in Antwerp… After a day of shopping (Bath has an Anthropologie store – my guiltiest shopping pleasure – yay!), we…

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