Category Archives: Travel report

Driving through Benelux and Germany during a pandemic

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A regular vacation was not possible because of the COVID19 pandemic. Since I still wanted to leave the house, where I am also working from nowadays, I decided to just get into my car and drive to places: To see where the journey will take me, and how long it will take for me to get bored of it, or… Read more »

Travel Report East Canada / New England 2019

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Sunday, September 15 Cloudy/Rain 15C – After a decent night of sleep in a hotel in Leiden, Stefan and I left for the airport. When we finished breakfast in the new lounge at Schiphol airport and a relaxing flight, we arrived at our destination Toronto, Canada, while it was pouring rain outside. The forecast had promised us a sunny day… Read more »

Cuba: Sun, cocktails, old cars and hurricanes

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Dag 1 – September 2, 2017 In Cuba: warm with some clouds The start of the trip was a bit of an administration horror, I had problems getting a parking ticket at the airport. Even getting a train ticket as the alternative was a problem, but at the last minute I could fix the parking reservation at Schiphol and could… Read more »

Scotland: Lochs, castles and pubs.

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Day 1: Hotel on the water To get to Scotland we had to take the ferry from IJmuiden to Newcastle. The trip is pretty long so we had our own cabin with bunk beds to spend the night. The boat was pretty full. Mainly with older folks. Some of them were with a bike. Midlife crisis maybe? The boat had… Read more »

Conclusion of the China trip

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It was the first time for me to go on an organized trip by myself. I went once with a friend to Egypt. This trip was fully organized. The drawback was that we were the only ones below 60 in that group. It was a fun holiday but I did not want to have that again. My choice for this… Read more »

Day 21 to 24 of the trip to China

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Day 21: Saying goodbye to Lucy and bussing along The morning started with a busy and hectic breakfast at Lucy’s because everyone was there. Sadly no banana pancake for me. As a comfort I got to bananas for lunch with me. After saying goodbye to the Lucy crew we left with the bus to go to Guangzhou. It was 6… Read more »

Day 17 to 20 of the trip to China

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Day 17: Training through my birthday This is my second holiday where I have my birthday.  And the organization knew that.  They have bought me cake!  And Chinese cake taste pretty delicious. We only had one attraction today before we had over to the train for a long trip to Yangshuo. We were visiting Naigu Stone forest. This park has… Read more »

Day 5 to 10 of the trip to China

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Day 5: Doing walks and sleeping on trains We walked with our guide. We visited two local temples. One had a huge pagoda of stone the other was more than thousand years old and had beautiful courtyards. We also went to a local park and we received some dance lessons from local women there.  Only the women danced: the guys… Read more »

Day 1 to 4 of the China trip

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Day 1: Airplanes To get to China you have to fly, to most of us that is pretty clear. I have flown quite a lot, but this flight was pretty unique. It was the Dutch operator KLM, but almost the whole flight was filled with Chinese. Even the flight attendants were Chinese and I could not speak Dutch with them…. Read more »