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A new life..

A new life..

Before we left on our trip, we lived for a long time in Rotterdam. In a new, luxurious apartment in the city center. With an indoor swimming pool and fitness room and hundreds of restaurants all within walking distance. We never camped, we never owned our own car, we...
Dunya’s life in pictures

Dunya’s life in pictures

It’s been 7 months since we are home and almost 4 months since we lost Dunya. An update is long overdue. I will start by saying goodbye to Dunya with an overview of her life in pictures. Dunya means “world” in Arabic. She lived with us in Dordrecht,...
Back at work!

Back at work!

It’s been four weeks now since I am back at work. And I never thought I’d say this, but I love it! The journey has changed me in a way that I am now more relaxed at work than before we left. I am more able to live in the present and do not worry about the...
Life after…

Life after…

We have now been home for about two months. What is life like after travel? After the first two weeks, the “real” life started again and reality hit. This was it now. There was no more moving around, no new surroundings every night. No beaches or mountain...
Our first two weeks home..

Our first two weeks home..

Our first two weeks home were great! We loved being back in the Netherlands. The weather was nice and cool and sunny. We got to see friends and family. And eat! And great wines. During the first week we stayed with Michel’s parents. We have our own bedroom and...
The beaches in Costa Rica

The beaches in Costa Rica

After my parents left we wanted to spend a few more days on the beaches of Costa Rica. We had heard good stories about Playa Dominical and decided to drive down the tiny beach town. Playa Dominical is not much more than one paved street, a few shops and dirt roads...
Internet in Honduras

Internet in Honduras

Internet in Honduras is cheap! We had had trouble finding reliable and fast internet in El Salvador, so when crossing the border in Honduras, we decided we wanted to try if a SIM would be worthwhile to get better access to internet. Besides, we had said our goodbyes...
Two weeks in Panama.

Two weeks in Panama.

We spent only 15 days in Panama. Our first stop was Boquete. After weeks on the hot beaches of Costa Rica, we were very (VERY) happy with the cool mountain air of Boquete. We spent a few days by the river in downtown Boquete and also a few days high up the volcano in...
Ten Days in Costa Rica With My Parents

Ten Days in Costa Rica With My Parents

My parents came to visit us in Costa Rica for ten days! Ever since my dad retired, about 20 years ago, they have traveled around the globe. Costa Rica was one of those countries they had always wanted to see and even before we left, my dad had already said that they...
Dutchies go Home…

Dutchies go Home…

Yes, we have decided to go back to the Netherlands. At least for a while. The last few months we have not really been into the traveling anymore. Is it because we spent too much time in Central America? We started to have a “been there, done that” kind of feeling....
Work or travel?

Work or travel?

Michel’s sabbatical is almost over. It was a sabbatical without job guarantee and without a guarantee from Michel’s side that he would come back to his employer. Should we go back to the Netherlands, back to a “normal” life? Or do we want to continue traveling for...
Panda is for sale!

Panda is for sale!

Even though the final decision has not yet been taken, it starts to look more and more that Panama will be our final destination. Therefore Panda is for sale! Volvo TGB1314 (1978) converted to an overland vehicle. It is the ex-army ambulance from the Swedish army....
Nicaragua..

Nicaragua..

We spent about three-four weeks in Nicaragua. Our first 4 days were spent in the North. We drove through the National Park Miraflor, where we stayed at the property of a Finca. The friendly owner invited us to stay on his land when we asked if we could stay overnight...
Maintenance

Maintenance

After having driven little more than 40.000 kilometers in almost a year, we decided it was time for some large maintenance on Panda. We needed an oil change, the brakes needed an adjustment/replacement of pads, we found a leak on one of the axles that needed to be...
Honduras

Honduras

We spent exactly a week in Honduras. Crossed the border on a Monday, which went all very smoothly. However, when we tried to get money from a bank with either our debit card or our credit card, it did not work. We tried several banks and ATMs but none of them would...
El Salvador – The War Zone

El Salvador – The War Zone

El Salvador went through a very bloody civil war from 1980 to 1992 in which five groups of guerrilla’s got together to fight the government which was led by the violent junta at that time. By the end of the 1970‘s death squads instructed by the government were killing...
El Salvador – The Beaches

El Salvador – The Beaches

We spent our first week in El Salvador at various beaches along the Pacific Coast. The first and best beach is Playa Palmarcito, or as we called it “Thomas’ beach”. We had read good reports about a town called El Zonte, along the Balsamic coast. Unfortunately there is...

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