A few days ago I received a 'Sunshine Blogger Award'. Still being a newbie I didn't even know this existed, but I have to admit I felt honored and excited reading up on the concept. So, for all those out there who, just like me, have no idea what the 'Sunshine Blogger Award is: The... Continue Reading →
I have stated before in Tale from the trail (4): things are not always as they seem that I learned the hard way that things are not always as they seem. Well, it happened more than one time... For those of you who read all my posts: I am not as naive as I sound, I swear.... Continue Reading →
Everyone who ever packed a bag for a hike or backpacking trip knows the pain and joy of packing. I must have packed, re-packed and packed again for about 15 times before I was satisfied. As I explained previously, I left for my first hike in kind of a rush. It's not as if I... Continue Reading →
While hiking the Wales Coast Path I learned the hard way that 'things are not always as they seem'. Sometimes it was a pleasant surprise, other times... well, not so much. This time I was in for a combination of both. After a bit of an eventful journey to get to Wales, I was happy to... Continue Reading →
It has been more than three years since my boyfriend and I were able to plan a real vacation together. We did plenty of short trips but now we have a month of traveling a head of us. Between working, saving money and aligning our calendar, three years had passed without us taking a longer... Continue Reading →
In life in general, but especially when trekking, a small adjustment can make a big difference. In this particular case a visit to a friend and a helping hand saved our trip. One of the first mini goals on 'our trip of a lifetime' was to reach the house of a longtime friend of mine. Even though... Continue Reading →
On the 15th of June 2014 my boyfriend and I got on our bikes and started what is our biggest adventure so far.
This story goes to show what a small world we live in. While I was hiking the Wales Coast Path I often relied on strangers to drive me into town or back out on the trail, as most of the towns were more inland. I can’t remember all of those rides, but one in particular... Continue Reading →
My boyfriend took me on a weekend getaway to les Hautes Fagnes. It was one of those perfect little escapes from our daily life. This time everything went wrong, only so it could go perfectly right. Bear with me I’ll explain just what I mean by this. Packing my bag I was thinking about the... Continue Reading →
After checking in my luggage and saying my goodbyes. I started wandering around the airport. I was early, I am always early. I was browsing the book store when I heard a familiar name on the speakers.
I was mindlessly surfing the internet when I came across a Facebook post that made my heart race and seemed to call out my name.
As I explained in 'Why I started hiking' and 'Confession: I didn't train for my hike', I didn't finish the whole path but I never mentioned how far I actually got. I think it is about time I shared a bit more details. I started hiking in Chester, a lively city near the border of Wales.... Continue Reading →
I decided to start that first hike on a whim. It was the best decision I could have made at the time, but besides a five kilometer walk to my grandparents, I didn't get to doing any training. When I started the Wales Coast Path I had never hiked for longer than two hours, didn't... Continue Reading →
It's a question I got asked time and time again. Friends and family asked it before I left and sometimes even when I got back. Countless strangers along the way looked at me a bit puzzled and they all asked the same question: why? It took me a while to figure out what the true... Continue Reading →