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.
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Hitchhiking My Way Out of Madrid, and why I am happy it failed

I found a piece of wet cardboard on a miserable plot of grass in front of Fuente de la Mora. The place didn’t challenge to inspire. You have to leave before you end up like the man in ragged clothes asking change to law abiding citizens who are waiting for the traffic light to turn green to continue their venture …

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A Hostel Experience in Essaouira

Essaouira is an oasis, especially when you come straight from Marrakech. It feels like you’re on a Greek island. White houses, blue doors, colorful mosaiques, cute alleys, olives, pomegranates, fish and a very easy going pace. And then you arrive at your hostel, The Atlantic Backpackers Woodstock. More than a hostel it’s like a shelter, a ghetto, a four story …

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Welcome to the Labyrinth of Marrakech – Part 2

I met Lahcen at The Madrassa. We get some mint tea. “I am working in another Riad later tonight. Come by if you like.” Since I have nothing else to do than waiting for my brother to arrive, I might as well. According to Google Maps Riad Dihya is 750 meter away from The Madrassa. As you can see it …

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Welcome to the Marrakech Labyrinth – Part 1

Marrakech: I need to find The Madrassa Hostel. According to the pin on my phone it should be somewhere near the big square. “You are walking the wrong way, the big square is that way,” a guy in his early twenties tells me kindly. I smile and start telling him enthusiastically that I just arrived: “Marrakech is a real maze,” …

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Morocco – The Best Way to Do A Desert Tour

In Marrakech, you will find many tours to the desert. They are all organized by the same company and do the same stuff: Aït Benhaddou, looking at a castle, visit a Berber village, take pictures of a mountain pass and riding on a camel into the desert. Our guide summed it up perfectly a couple of times: “We stop here …

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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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