Desert Oasis of your Dreams: Garmeh, Iran

Desert Oasis of your Dreams: Garmeh, Iran

For as long as I can remember, I’ve always dreamt of going to a “real” oasis in the desert. You know, like the ones you seen in movies or cartoons: a palm tree clad village with an abundance of water and crops, smack in the middle of sand plains and dust. A place where you [ ]

First Time Africa Travel: Where to Backpack

First Time Africa Travel: Where to Backpack

So you’ve decided to do it, you’re going to venture in what people find the scariest, darkest continent of them all. Let’s start by rectifying this misapprehension straight away, shall we. Though there are some African countries that could qualify as somewhat “scary”, Africa is a huge continent. Did you know that Africa could easily [ ]

3 Awesome Budget Accomodations in Albania

3 Awesome Budget Accomodations in Albania

I wasn’t sure what “on a budget” in Albania would mean exactly. Would my daily lunches consist of a raw cucumber from the market? Would I be forced to skip the bus fee in order to save a few bucks? Would I be sleeping in dirty dungeons, sharing bathrooms with 10 other people? None of [ ]

Wine Tasting in Corinth, Greece

Wine Tasting in Corinth, Greece

When I think of “wine countries”, I immediately think France, South Africa, Chile, Australia, California… Greece doesn’t even spring to mind. Strange, because after all, during the antiquity, the Greeks were one of the largest wine producers in the region and their ancient techniques still form the bases of modern wine culture today! Greek mythology [ ]

Visit Berat in Albania and weep

Visit Berat in Albania and weep

Weeping in the name of overwhelming charm and beauty is a thing, right? Well it was for me: I definitely had to hold back a tear or two. They might have been tears of general happiness in combination with the setting I was walking around in. Berat was deserted as the tourist season had completely [ ]

A peek into Friesland’s past, The Netherlands

A peek into Friesland’s past, The Netherlands

It was a sunny September friday when we set off to the North of Holland. Having never been that far up our neighbouring country, we starting packing our warmest jumpers and shawls. “After all, with a name that roughly translates to “Freeze land”, it must be exceptionally cold there…” we nodded jokingly. I had been [ ]

2014 Travel Summary

2014 Travel Summary

I spent the last two days of 2014 in a haze, trying to beat jetlag and fatigue from the long transatlantic flight to South America . During the turn of the year hug exchange and fireworks, I was soundly asleep, enjoying my warm bed. Despite the endless wishes and photo’s circling on social media, I’ve [ ]

Up close and personal with the Albanian Mountains in Valbona

Up close and personal with the Albanian Mountains in Valbona

The journey started in pitch darkness on the side of an Albanian dirt road. Luckily, I wasn’t alone; I was in company of a new friend I had met in a hostel. The owner of our guest house in Shkoder had promised a bus would make a detour to pick us up and drop us [ ]