Barcelona Express – day 3

Last night we spent the night in a fort. In my previous blog I already wrote about it… but I hadn’t been able to show the video that I made when it got dark and a party was launched in the fort…. What a magical place aye? So this morning we woke up hearing a lot of confusion around us. We were given information that we breakfast was at 9:00 and the start of todays stage at 10:00. We had set the alarm for 08:00 given us plenty of time…

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Barcelona Express – day 2

Today was already the second day of Barcelona Express for the Dutch competition (Go Dutch!). And let me tell you, it was again a great day. So the team behind Barcelona Express organizes a bunch of events in the evening after the hitchhiking is done. I am convinced they forgot that people need sleep. Last nighs schedule involved the winners to be announced at midnight, followed by a party UNTIL 3 AM. Given Charlotte and me were up at 4AM the day before… That was not going to happen.. We…

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Barcelona Express – day 1

Barcelona hitchhiking competition ! Just a couple of months ago I saw this Facebook advertisement for a hitchhiking competition to Barcelona… It immediately got my attention. Ever since my mom had told me about her hitchhiking adventures I’ve been more than keen on trying it myself. So this competition that I saw is called Barcelona Express. A competition where money is raised for the International Tree Foundation. Three different countries participate, with as a goal to reach Barcelona the quickest. The Dutch teams start in Amsterdam and spread out over…

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Why I love to travel alone

For the last 3 years I’ve started to take trips on my own. The first solo vacation was to the Dominican Republic in 2014. It was, unsurprisingly, a holiday focussed on Scuba Diving. Well technically my first solo trip was in 2005, when I was 19, to New York for an online game meet… But once arrived in NYC I was with friends…. So never mind that now. Edit: actually when I was 16 I back packed through Australia for a week on my own as well. Annnnyways…. The Dominican…

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Big island of Hawaii…. you have stolen my heart

I love Hawaii

Whilst sitting at the airport, waiting for my flight to Los Angeles, I’m looking back on the magical month I got to spent on the Big Island of Hawaii. The islands of Hawaii have always been a dream of mine to visit, so when I was finally able to go to one, it was time to pick out the right one for me. Well, I picked right. The Big Island is amazing and not just for one thing in particular but especially for the diversity the island offers. The State…

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A city-trip to Liberia

The bus from Playa del Coco to Liberia

Last Friday I had my first day off and I decided to spend the day in Liberia. Liberia is the capital of Guanacaste, a province in Costa-Rica. When I traveled to Costa-Rica I also flew to Liberia as it is only around 40 minutes from Playa Del Coco by taxi. This time, I decided to take the bus to enjoy a 1 day city-trip in Liberia. Taking the bus from Playa del Coco to Liberia The bus stop is conveniently right outside the dive shop where I do my internship (Rich Coast…

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It is officially ‘Chaos Week’

My desk

In exactly 7 days I’m starting my journey towards Central America. My good friends Miranda and Ruud will be dropping me off at the airport Schiphol and then I’ll be on my way to Costa-Rica. The journey door-to-door will be just under 24 hours, a serious day of travelling! I’ll be spending 2,5 months total in Costa-Rica and after that, I’ll be briefly home for just over a week to then leave again for Hawaii. So needless to say this week is all about preparations, like I wrote in my…

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Travel preparations (Time to panic!!!)


So I booked my flight to Costa-Rica! I’m arriving at Playa del Coco in less than 25 days. Time to panic! Time for travel preparations! Anyone who slightly knows me, knows I work best under stress and in chaos. I’m one of those people that can get the best results last-minute, which drives my friends crazy sometimes. But this time things are different, I’m leaving for 75 days to Costa-Rica and then come home for like 10 days to then set off again first to New York and then to Hawaii…

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