Free chocolate!

When you’re #hitchhiking home and some nice Italian guy gives you a box of chocolates! Yes, I’m back in The Netherlands visiting friends and family here before I’m going on another BIG trip! 😉 #todayisagoodday #winning #Italy #ferrerorocher #hitchhikingaintsobad #hitchhikingaintdead #nicepeople #welcomehome #holland #Maastricht #limburg #iglimburg #mestreech #thenetherlands  

Go West, Young Woman

A cloudy and windy day at the Westernmost point of Europe, Cabo da Roca, Portugal. Dramatic skies are my favorite! P.S. I’ve been to the Northernmost and Southernmost of Europe already, now just the Easternmost, but that’s where things get tricky as this is Eurasia.  

Yurt-surfing

What began as a spontaneous one-night surf, turned into a three day adventure with my new friend from Hungary! Turns out she lives at this awesome place hidden in the woods with alternative housing, such as yurts, caravans and “outdoor furniture” (Spanish law is strange). As it’s really windy everywhere, we decided to sleep in Read more >

The Evolution of Packing

I wasn’t always a backpacking traveler. Being from a tiny affluent country in Europe, it’s pretty normal to go on holidays abroad (privilege!) and I personally don’t know any of my fellow same-passport holders who hasn’t been abroad. Travel has been a part of my life since birth. Normally, we’d travel by car, giving us plenty of room to bring Stuff™ and sometimes we’d go by airplane. Only for the latter we’d have to really think about what to pack as there’s limits to how much Stuff you can bring. Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, July 2011. I’m flying to Argentina for five weeks to learn Spanish. My premature birthday present: a huge, lime-green suitcase for checked-in luggage. The weight limit is 23kg and that’s what I’ve loaded into it. Dresses, shoes – yes, even make-up – goes in there. I have to sit on it to close it. I drag the dead weight on the scales for luggage drop-off. Weighing the suitcase at the airport brings the total weight a little under the maximum. Success! Or not…… Read more >

The Sierra Nevada from the Road

Dramatic skies, flawless tarmac and mountains everywhere: the Sierra Nevada in Spain! Just some shit-stains on the window, still it’s a pretty good photo taken through the windshield! This day I finished my speed hitchhiking trip towards Malaga in the south of Spain. It was a pretty rough trip of continuous hitchhiking for four days, because Spain Read more >

Street Harassment Abroad – an Introduction

Share this piece if you think it matters! Keep travellin’. We know the drill of catcalling in our home towns and countries and possibly have set up our own systems of avoiding the everyday comments and “compliments” from strangers on our commute. As women or individuals perceived as women – as a collective – we know and even expect this to happen. Once you travel, whether solo or in a group, things become different. Men scream things at you in a foreign language and instinctively you know what it is, but as you don’t understand the exact meaning of the slur, you start doubting yourself as to what it is. Don’t doubt yourself, you were being catcalled – and you have the right to be pissed off. Sexual harassment abroad is a little different, especially as you’ll now feel – presuming you didn’t feel like this before at home – as a minority. Well hello new dimension of oppression! In some cultures, catcalling and other forms of sexual harassment are so ingrained in culture… Read more >

A letter of advice to solo female hitchhikers/travelers..

Dear (self-identifying) woman, I usually don’t have solid advice as hitchhiking is very different woman to woman and I don’t think of myself as someone in the position to give you advice, especially the unsolicited kind. While traveling – whether that be by hitchhiking or not – you’ll be in situationsI have never encountered and some of my experiences will never happen to you, despite our general similar experiences of going through life (being perceived) as women. The advice I’ve given you on “only listening to other female solo travelers/hitchhikers” is more about “not listening to men’s advice”; they’ll either tell you it can’t be done as a woman because it’s too dangerous, or they’ll tell you it’s completely safe because they claim to have had this experience – they haven’t. Those *two things men advice you – unsolicited or not – translate very roughly into “don’t leave your front door, you’ll be killed” and “I have no clue what I’m talking about, but go jump from a rooftop, I turned out fine”.… Read more >

#Inspirational

“Not all those who wander were told to “Get Lost” ~ Iris the Hitchhiker I’m really on a creative roll for the whole “#inspirationalquotes” kind of thing after finding peace, love and tranquillity in the south of #Spain 🙂 first of all you should know that I find a lot of “inspirational quotes” very uninspiring, Read more >