I'm standing on about three centimetres of stone, pressed against the rock at about 18 metres from the ground, as Dave shouts up: "You have to turn around! Spin a few times - you know, like a ballerina!". Seems like I don't need to hitchhike to experience the thrill of the adventure. I am at … Continue reading The Mechanics of Fear (and climbing gear)
The morning after My most immediate impression right now is the slight spice-induced queasiness that stems from the pre-wedding function I attended yesterday night. Not that any of the food was bad - on the contrary, it was amazing to taste some old favourites like pani puri, phav baji, and aloo tikki, as well as … Continue reading Post Pre-wedding Post
Well, okay, I'm back already. My post last week made me remember an article I wrote in Morocco but never published anywhere. Going back a bit further back, this will introduce and expand on one of my big themes: trust. Enjoy and discuss! (Seriously, I'd like your views: do you think I'm being stupid doing what I do?) … Continue reading How it began II
We arrived by train in a town called Jesi. It was a hungry Sunday, since we didn't realise how serious Italians can be about public holidays. Lina chatted to a woman who brought us to the only open spot in town, doubling as the best gelateria and quasi cultural heritage museum. We ate a sandwich, … Continue reading Hillside.idyll
I was waking up to mild light reflecting off terra cotta coloured walls under a blue, blue sky. After un momento stupefatto, I grinned an extra large holiday-grin. We actually are in Italy. And it actually feels like Italy. In the course of four days, we came from the plains of norrthern Germany, traversed the … Continue reading Breakfast in Italy
About three weeks ago, I co-facilitated (along with the wonderful Anick-Marie and Luca) a workshop at the Alternative Travel Gathering in Amsterdam. Its theme was "solo travel". We had a great discussion, shared a lot of hitchhiking experiences, our strategies of dealing with lonely moments on the road, and some of the differences between genders … Continue reading Why would I want to travel alone?