Posts by Willem

Willem has traveled the world with a special mission: spreading love through pancakes. This mission brought him to the most amazing places and makes him able to share some of the most amazing stories.

Kazbegi on a Budget.

I am climbing the Kazbegi with M. He was born in a year that punk was declared dead, but that didn’t stop him. On the grey stripes of his red backpack it says ‘total fucking anarchy’, ‘no war but the class war’, ‘wake up’ and ‘peace and love’. M left England with a debt of 200 pounds, so we’re traveling on …

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Jungle Trek in Bukit Lawang

Willem is in the jungle of Sumatra close to the village of Bukit Lawang where he goes tracking. Along the way, he meets some wild inhabitants of the jungle. But when the group can get as close as they do Willem gets suspicious..

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How to get a Full El Nido experience

As you might have seen on other blogs or read in guides and magazines, El Nido is one of the most beautiful places on this planet. This bold statement makes your imagination run wild because your senses can’t possibly handle so much beauty. After a 5-hour bus ride from Puerto Princesa you arrive at an any small touristy Asian city. …

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Climbing the Rinjani Volcano without a Guide

When you want to climb the Rinjani, people might tell you that you need a guide. Are you allowed to climb the Rinjani by yourself? A simple answer is: yes you can, a guide is not mandatory. At the entrance of the park you need to sign a paper that you are well prepared and responsible for your own safety. …

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Friendship on the Annapurna Circuit

Jibn says namaste. I say namaste. He asks me where I’m going. I say Chame. He says: “Good we go together, we friends. This is my sister but she stops there, from there we are two friends. Yes?” “Yes,” I say “good idea.” My first friend on the Annapurna Circuit. “Yes very good, we two very happy arriving. I make …

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Thai Massage Fairy Tale

Because I’ve been traveling for so long my mother and sister think I am a walking Tripadvisor and Google Maps. Or they pretend to think so anyway.  I’ll show them exactly how well I know Bangkok. After two hours of aimlessly taking busses and getting scammed by taxis, we accidentally arrive at Bangkok’s Chinatown. They really want a Thai Massage, …

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Best Travel Books To Take On A Trip

Traveling can be exhausting. You accidentally started talking to that nineteen year old girl. Now the two of you are sitting next to each other on a 10 hour bus ride. She doesn’t stop talking about a world view and preaches that we should all live like this forever. It is such a shame she has to go home to uni. …

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Kabak and Cennet Valley

People told me there would be a minibus from Fethiye to Kabak. There is one road, but there is no indicated bus stop. So I ran from one side of the road to the other a couple of times asking the minibus drivers. Out of nowhere a woman stopped and asked me if I wanted to go to Kabak and told …

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Cappadocia, the place where I didn’t make pictures of the hot air balloons, but a lot of other people did…

The Australian woman in the bus to Cappadocia was a former employer at the administration department of a university. She had thrown her whole life upside down when she got fired at the age of 58. ‘I’m gonna travel the world and nobody can stop me.’ she told me with devastating enthusiasm ‘After that who knows where?…’ I knew the answer, …

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The Embarrassing Embassy of Pakistan

Dear Mother, I am filled with joy that you are by default my most trusted reader. I know father will tell me he read my posts, but you know better than me that he is never to be trusted. And why write in English, you might wonder? Don’t be naive. There might be a Nigerian Prince reading this, thinking: “What a brilliant story!! …

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