I am a dual citizen with the Australian and Dutch nationality.
Sometimes I live in an apartment in a lower socio-economic area of Rotterdam and sometimes in a small house on the coast south of Adelaide, South Australia.
In between bouts of living in each of these places – very different and at opposite ends of the world – I spend long stretches of time travelling in Europe and Asia. I have worked as an academic and English teacher.
These days do a lot of translation/copy writing work which thanks to modern technology can be done anywhere in the world as long as I have an internet connection.
The focus of my blog site is content based. This is not meant to be an egotistical claim. It’s just the way I am; I’m a person who seeks controversies, asks questions, thinks too much, provokes people, dreams a lot and then, at the end of the day, likes a good laugh with a glass of wine.
I’m person who holds strong opinions and loves being proved wrong!
The travel stories included in this blog are situated in different times as well as places. They offer a window in other words into our big and diverse world as it was, as well as how it is.
Where ever one travels, it is in a place which is undergoing changes, some of them profound.
My travel stories are serious in the sense that are not aimed as providing light entertainment or offering practical advice with respect to destinations etc. Others have done this far better than I ever could.
In travel – and life in general – I encounter so many interesting people and events. Life is often absurd and complex, brim full of irony and yes, comedy too. I experience this especially when I’m on the move, be it for a short distance or a long one, a journey by foot, bike, bus, train or plane. And it is this which I try to capture with the written word.
To travel means to be continually curious – and continually surprised.
It means to be forced to think about who we are and where we are going.
A couple of shots of my place of residence in The Netherlands – and Australia: