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 >

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My 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 haven’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 are limits to how much Stuff you can bring. 0. The Carry-A-Corpse Suitcase 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… Read more >

A Little Tibet in Spain

The mountain view from the Buddhist centre! Yes, this is still Spain! We got our blessing at the main hall with the Buddha statue by crawling underneath it. I know very little about Buddhism, but it was a nice introduction by the international crowd of the retreat there. (at Karma Kagyue Diamond Way Buddhist Retreat Read more >

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