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A Country Of Extremes Part I : The Good

A Country Of Extremes Part I : The Good

Indonesia is not like what I thought it was. It has exceeded some of my expectations on both the positive and negative side. Being here for almost half a year gives me a better insight into the lifestyle of Indonesian people and how they do what they do… Comparing my western lifestyle with everyday life here keeps me thinking, every day. And that is exactly the problem… Indonesians are the most careless people I have met and it’s exactly that…

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It’s time for some hypocrisy

It’s time for some hypocrisy

Driving into the last five hypocritic weeks of our trip we decided to use the car as our main mode of transport. Mostly to reach the remote natural places. Quite contradictive that in our modern society we need one of the most polluting ways of transport to reach the most beautiful natural places. By taking the car we do realize we are putting more pressure on our planet. We could have used public transport for some of the places we…

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Yurt sweet yurt…

Yurt sweet yurt…

After spending a week in Portugal we did another Workaway. Our motivation arises not only from the financial advantage but also the distinct experiences we had earlier in Catalonia. This time our host is a Dutch Frisian family of 5 (mother, father and 3 active blonde haired boys). They came all the way from the northern part of Holland, Frisia, to South Portugal. What a journey! And most importantly, what a change! They gave up their life and jobs in…

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The Pink Lake Of Torrevieja

The Pink Lake Of Torrevieja

Ten days ago we were Couchsurfing in Torrevieja, a city between Alicante and Cartagena where half of the population is Russian. Our host Max (also Russian) has left his cold country for the warm Spanish coast and has been living in Torrevieja for one year. We arrived at his place not much before sunset and asked him what we could do or see in the few hours left before dark. We knew we had to leave early the next day to…

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Up and down

Up and down

Hi there, We are back! The last weeks have been up and down, literally and figuratively. After being back in Belgium for a week doing bureaucratic administration, we left once again to look for the sun in Spain. After visiting our friends in Brussels (thanks Yannis and Vanessa for taking care of us!), we went to Bordeaux for a full day and the next day an overnight bus straight to Madrid. No more short distances, go south as soon as we…

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Bees and bread BnB

Bees and bread BnB

This time we landed on a beekeeper’s and baker’s organic olive farm. Close to Camarles, a vacation house on a Finca owned by a Belgian couple was our home for another week. There we learned about beekeeping, making sourdough bread and all the challenges to maintain an organic farm. As we were cleaning the beehive’s panes (part of the work), we learned the unique alien life of bees. As you might know, it’s a women’s world with a queen and…

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Off the beaten grid…

Off the beaten grid…

Leaving the busy Barcelona behind us, we headed to a rural farmland in Flix that we found through Workaway. A 16-hectare Finca with 740 olive trees and 250 almond trees would be our home for the next 10 days. Our door to a simple life… Arriving at a house like this certainly raises some questions, doesn’t it? We had to go through it anyway because we gave our word. Putting up our lowest expectations, it was actually quite a pleasant…

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Low impact man

Low impact man

Being an international environmental legend, Steven was the first inspirational stop on our mission to the warm south. We met him in Gent were he does co-housing with several other households. Inviting ourselves, Steven received us very humbly, down to earth and truly hospitable, we appreciate it greatly! He wrote an interesting post (just like many of his other posts) where he refers to “active hope”: people actively participating in questioning the world of today and trying to change it…

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Unbelievably true!

Unbelievably true!

Catching up on my offline articles I came across 4 stories that I really wanted to share. Some people will find it sensational which it actually is but there is a lot more behind it, it’s truly worrisome… #1: I’m dreaming of a white desert. https://www.itv.com/news/2018-01-09/snow-stuns-in-sahara-desert/ For the third time in 40 years the Sahara has seen snowfall, with the second and third time in 2016 AND 2017. That’s a good thing for global warming deniers as they will definitely…

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Earth From Above

Earth From Above

The Earth from above (2006-2011) is one of the most realistic documentaries that I’ve seen in the past 15 years. Yann Arthus-Bertrand asks the right questions to the right people calling for action. There is not much time, not even in 2006 when this documentary was made and even less today. The feeling I have with most documentaries is that they all end with too much hope. Hope keeps viewers in their comfort zone thinking we can all keep doing…

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