Yearly Archives: 2013

Be willing to walk away

In many countries doing business is all about negotiating. If you live in Europe or North-America, you might not be used to haggling over the price of a box of cornflakes (although you can and should haggle if buying clothes at a boutique store or something like expensive camera equipment), but in other parts of […]

market in hoi an vietnam

eiffel tower

This is not a travel blog

This is not a travel blog. I don’t like travel blogs. (Most) travel blogs contain a collection of the same canned experiences that are readily sold to tourists, with at best some variations in the particular hotel where the blogger stayed or the tour operator he used. While this may be fun for his friends […]


Stranded without water

Meet Freddy. Freddy used to be a French project manager, but he got fed up with his job, so he decided to pack up all his stuff and move out. After working in London as a bartender for a few years, he wound up in Valencia (Spain), where I met him under most unusual circumstances. […]

city of arts and sciences valencia

crowded planet

Off the beaten path on a crowded planet

Today I met a guy named Cash. Not sure if that’s his real name, but it’s what everybody called him. Cash is my friend Sibel’s landlord and flatmate in Barcelona, and a colourful character. We got talking when I was over visiting my friend. Now Cash is a veteran globetrotter, so naturally the conversation geared […]


What to bring on a hiking trip 2

I just returned from a week of hiking in the Swiss Alps. Never having been to Switzerland before, all I knew was that it’s expensive, that they make delicious chocolate, and that the people speak some form of German (which is unintelligible to normal German speakers). I was pleasantly surprised by many things, about which […]

packed for a hiking trip

blogger blogging

To blog or not to blog… 4

That’s the question. I’ve been playing with the idea of starting a blog for a long time now. According to this statistic, there are already 240 million blogs out there on the 5 largest blogging platform alone. That’s not counting the millions of blogs on smaller platforms and on independent websites (like this one!). At […]