Journal

Currently travelling the Silk Road. From The Netherlands to China in our Volkswagen T2. Check out the stories here.

The heart of Pakistan

The heart of Pakistan

We end our beautiful Pakistan trip in the heart of the country. Let’s expLahore the city of culture, spicy food and history.

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The way to Fairy Meadows

The way to Fairy Meadows

Probably one of the most touristy spots of Pakistan, normally we would ignore places like this and skip them. However, friends told us it’s definitely worth it so here we are, sitting in a jeep on a steep mountain waiting for people to clear a landslide. It just...

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Nomads & Bears

Nomads & Bears

Exploring one of the highest plains of the world including the nomads that roam these lands.

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Bunch of Creatives

Bunch of Creatives

Our group is expanding. From travelling with the two of us to exploring with five. A bunch of creatives on tour.

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The Silk Road to China

The Silk Road to China

April 2021 we set out on an adventure. With a 45 year old Volkswagen T2 can we would be driving the Silk Road to China.

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All about the Kalash people of Pakistan

All about the Kalash people of Pakistan

In 2015 Milene bought Alexine from a Frenchman. In the years to come we only fixed little things. Nothing major, nothing big. Going on a big trip overly prepared is boring, right?

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On our way to Kalash Valley

On our way to Kalash Valley

Wherever we go I always try to document a local tribe, nomads or people who hold on to their traditions and culture while the world is changing. Pakistan has both.

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Peshawar, buddha and ditching the police

Peshawar, buddha and ditching the police

I’m sitting in the forest with a view on the mountains while in the distance I hear drums. For the first time in a very long time Yuri put on his sweater and I wear my hair loose without feeling too hot.

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Police operation Quetta

Police operation Quetta

Finally we arrived in Quetta, but the police operation didn’t stop. Getting money from the ATM, getting a SIMcard, even doing groceries we do accompanied by the police.

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Stuck at the border

Stuck at the border

This got to be the longest border crossing we’ve ever experienced. And hopefully will in the future. 12 hours in and still waiting…

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On our way to Pakistan

On our way to Pakistan

We’re ready to say goodbye to Iran and head to Pakistan. However, with some health issues the travel goes slow, is hard and very tiresome.

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Alexine’s heartbreaking story

Alexine’s heartbreaking story

In 2015 Milene bought Alexine from a Frenchman. In the years to come we only fixed little things. Nothing major, nothing big. Going on a big trip overly prepared is boring, right?

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Iranian island life

Iranian island life

Did you know Iran has some tropical islands? With tropical we actually mean humid. No day without sweat and a supermarket being heaven. For a week we explored three of the Iranian islands.

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Adobe cities

Adobe cities

Villages, castles, hotels made of mud. Plenty of them can be found in Iran where Adobe buildings are still used in cities like Yazd. But most are turned into museums like the castle of Rayen and the famous citadel of BAM.

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An oasis in the desert

An oasis in the desert

We went, voluntarily, to the hottest place ever recorded on earth. And after a night in this extraordinary landscape we moved our asses to an oasis where palmtree gave us shade and water cooled us down. But it didn’t all go as planned.

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Arabian Nights in Persia

Arabian Nights in Persia

Exploring the true meaning of a tale from Arabian Nights or ancient times at a caravanserai in the desert. Far away from anything modern and the closest thing to the freedom we crave for right now.

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Iranian cities

Iranian cities

I haven’t been writing about cities that much because there’s just too much to write about. So in this post I try to keep it short and concise. Enjoy stories from Tehran, Kashan and Isfahan.

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The mother of caravanserais

The mother of caravanserais

999 Caravanserai were built in Iran. These roadside inns were used by travellers, merchants and even kings. We visited the mother of Caravanserai.

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Rain, rice and misery

Rain, rice and misery

Things don’t always go as planned when on the road. From hot and sunny days to rain, cold and sadness.

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Our first days in Iran

Our first days in Iran

From ancient sites to previous capitals and from meeting new friends to exploring the largest bazar in the world. Read here about our first days in Iran.

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The border crossing into Iran

The border crossing into Iran

Every good thing comes to an end. It’s time to say goodbye to shorts, lose hair and t-shirts. Today we cross the border into Iran. In this blog you’ll read how that went.

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A last goodbye

A last goodbye

After weeks of exploring the beautiful Christian country of Armenia it is time to head south and get ready for a new adventure and some more Silk Road explorings.

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Ready for part two

Ready for part two

We are finally back at exploring and take that seriously, with visiting an abandoned textile factory and hiking 15km’s in the mountains in one day!

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The shadow

of the sun

Our world, seemingly global, is in reality a planet of thousands of the most varied and never intersecting provinces. A trip around the world is a journey from backwater to backwater, each of which considers itself, in its isolation, a shining star. For most people, the real world ends on the threshold of their house, at the edge of their village, or, at the very most, on the border of their valley. That, which is beyond is unreal, unimportant, and even useless, whereas that which we have at our fingertips, in our field of vision, expands until it seems an entire universe, overshadowing all else. 

Often, the native and the newcomer have difficulty finding a common language, because each looks at the same place through a different lens. The newcomer has a wide-angle lens, which gives him a distant diminished view, although with a long horizon line, while the local always employs a telescopic lens that magnifies the slightest detail.

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