Sharing stories and pictures on this website is my way of letting my friends know that I’m still alive and out there somewhere! I’m living my own life, following my heart and dreams, and this is a trip which has taken me far from the settled life I once had.
It’s September 2005, I’m 26. I have just quit my studies and returned the keys of my rental house in Groningen in The Netherlands. Almost all my belongings have been sold or been given away. There’s nothing left, except all the time I could ever want, and all the freedom to go wherever I want to. Still my first destination is unknown, all I know is that I have to go into the world, to make the first step! It’s this feeling deep inside my bones, telling me that I just have to leave. So I did.
Little did I know (nor did I care to think about it), that this trip would take me all the rest of 2005, take me into 2006, 2007 and 2008.
After hitchhiking, discovering and meeting people in maybe 25 countries in Europe, Middle-East and even Asia I became based in Berlin, Germany, in 2009. There I started the adventure of being a father! It’s a whole new adventure and teaching me a lot. It’s incredible how much love and excitement one little person can have!
After that there was the whole different adventure of surviving on 20 hours of sleep a week, having a stressful job and a breaking relationship..
I still love discovering the world though and when Seth was 1 month old we made our first trip! We visited a community of people living in an medieval castle in central Germany. I enjoy travelling with him or also alone, and the adventures continue. In 2011 I spent two months, finally(!), discovering India. In 2012 and 2013 I mostly made just small trips to the mountains, the beaches and the friends all around Europe.
The difference is I now have a home and rent to pay, and despite these responsibilities I still do my best to live my own life. The total freedom of the road is not a feeling you could ever forget! You can go any direction for as long as you want. After you’ve experienced that, it’s sometimes a challenge to live in a house with 4 walls, to not see the mountains when you wake up or to take a rigid 9 to 5 job.
I’m eager to travel and to create a job I love doing!
On these pages you can read what I’ve been up all this time.