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my 6 month trip in nerdy facts

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

Looking back on my trip through the Americas, here are some interesting or boring facts:

Countries visited
Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Brazil, Colombia, Panama, Costa Rica, United States.

(Latin) America 201112 - Google Maps

Projects worked at: community farm/bakery in Argentina, family farm in Uruguay, social project in Brazil, community restaurant in Brazil, children education project in Colombia, hostel in Colombia, health/community in Costa Rica, community farm in California, US
Random jobs: publishing an ebook on, picking up trash, building fences, teaching English to Colombian kids, making granola, washing dishes, making beds, making arepas for breakfast, feeding chickens, cleaning toilets and picking, packaging and delivering avocados.

Met people from: Argentina, Brazil, Iran, (more…)

looking back on the past year

Wednesday, July 4th, 2012

Over a year ago, in February 2011, I set out on a great adventure: for 6 months I was going to work and live in the Shelter, a Christian youth hostel in Amsterdam, and afterwards I would work and travel in the Americas for 6 months. It’s been over three months since it all ended, and I would like to share something about how I look back on my trip, and what I’ve learned during the past year. These are personal insights, but perhaps you can take something from them.

Since my return, many people have asked: what was the most memorable part of your trip? (more…)

California: a perfect ending

Monday, April 2nd, 2012

For a long time, I’d been looking forward to the last part of my trip: California! Here I was going to visit another Twelve Tribes community, and a few friends from the Shelter, the hostel in Amsterdam where I worked last year. On the 3rd of March I got on the plane in San Jose, Costa Rica, to Houston, Texas, for a long day of travel. Though I had to undergo an thorough luggage check (I guess young solo travelers are always suspicious..), it was nice to be back in the USA.


After another flight to Los Angeles, a bus ride to Union Station, a train ride to Oceanside and then a car ride, it was about 1 am when I arrived (more…)

New England & New York, pt. 2

Monday, December 27th, 2010

Five years after I made a short trip to New England and New York, it just so happened I went there again this fall. First of all, because the first NazNet Conference took place in New Hampshire. I decided to attend, along with my dad, and since I would be “in the neighborhood” of New York City, I considered that a great opportunity to visit my favorite city in the world (besides Dordrecht) again. Two friends decided to come to New York around that time as well. I love it when a plan comes together.

It was an excellent trip. Met some great people, saw the beautiful countryside of New England and was overwhelmed again by the metropolis and melting pot that is New York City. I was lucky enough to find a CouchSurfing host there, who lived in Brooklyn. It added a lot of value to the trip.
Pictures are at Perhaps I’ll get around to writing about this trip some more. Perhaps not.

Also I’m plotting a scheme for 2011.. it’s going to be big. But more on that later.

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New Hampshire in the fall / NazNet Conference

in Flushing, NY, with friends and CouchSurfing host

Central Park

back to daily life

Saturday, July 4th, 2009

I just got back from Orlando, Florida, where I attended the General Assembly of my church (Church of the Nazarene). But it will take a while before I’ll post anything about that, since I’m not even done writing about my South America trip. It was a great trip though!
On Monday I start working again, that should be interesting.. back to daily life! But I don’t mind. In fact, I’m looking forward to it (once I’ve ridden myself of this jetlag). There’s so many things I want to do, and I can do them right here, in Dordrecht, the Netherlands. I don’t have to travel the world to live my dreams (though I definitely want to keep doing that as well).
Now the trick is to not let this attitude slip away.

the new year

Saturday, January 24th, 2009

So, 2009 is here. Actually it has been for over 3 weeks now.. I’ve been busy and this post has been pending for some time, but now I finally got around to finishing it.
I kicked it the year off in Rome, which was great. Very interesting city, incredible how much ‘history’ can be packed into one place. I’ll try to write more about it later. Pictures are here:

For me this is going to be one heck of a year, I’m sure. The quiet days of last fall are over, I have to watch out to not get too busy again.
I’m still taking Spanish lessons, and I’ve started a bible course at church (Binnen 2 jaar de Bijbel klaar), where we will read the entire bible in two years, and discuss it about every two weeks. Also I will probably join the ‘Zorg voor de Wereld’ (care for the world) committee at church. The purpose of the committee is to think about how we as a church can mean anything (practical) to our neighborhood and to the rest of the world. And to set up some concrete plans. I’m not really sure if I can do it, but I might as well try.
Musically, besides playing at church and with Double Sound, I’m getting together with some friends every now and then to jam a bit. Just seeing if anything good will come out of it..

Mostly though, it will be ‘one heck of a year’ when it comes to traveling. Of course first my trip to Peru and Ecuador (only 2.5 months to go!). But after that there won’t be much time to catch up, because a couple of days later I’ll be off the Orlando, Florida, with my dad. We’ll be attending my church’s General Assembly there. My dad is a delegate, and I will be just checking the whole thing out a bit, and hopefully meet a lot of fellow Nazarenes from other countries. I’ll see what happens, shouldn’t be too hard to kill some time in Orlando!
Once back in the Netherlands, I’ll be looking forward to the Big Rivers festival and perhaps North Sea Jazz again, if they have a good line-up (thought I don’t doubt they will).
At the end of August I might go to Brazil.. I know, would be insane! But some people from church are organizing a mission trip there. I have to think and pray about it, but it sounds incredible.
If I don’t go to Brazil I might go WWOOF-ing for a couple of weeks in Europe during the fall. Or, if I really enjoyed being away from home while in South America, and still have a decent amount of money left, I might take a long trip (half a year or longer) and ‘WWOOF’ my way around the world. But for now I’ll just consider that a crazy dream.

Ah, the excitement!

Meanwhile I’m going to think about a new job. By the summer, I have been working at AGF for about 3 years. The initial idea that I would only work there temporarily, but it turns out there is so much to do that I got offered a permanent contract last summer. I have great co-workers, the work is ok and I have a lot of freedom. Downside is that I could probably get a better salary and that it would be nice to try out something new. Maybe even something completely now, not even IT-related. Perhaps my trips will give me some new insights, we’ll see..

USA report

Tuesday, October 18th, 2005

Yes yes! I finally finished the report of my USA trip. The pictures are online too. So there ya go.

My pictures My dad’s pictures

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Read the whole thing here..