Roadtrip door Tsjechië in maart – buiten het seizoen

Met mooi, zonnig weer en hoge temperaturen, leek het of de zomer in maart al vroeg begonnen was. We wilden daarom een paar dagen vrij nemen van ons werk in Praag, nadat we een lange, bitterkoude winter hadden doorstaan. We besloten een roadtrip te maken. Er zijn veel autoverhuurbedrijven in de stad. Gewoonlijk lopen we gewoon ergens binnen om alles af te handelen met contant geld (op die manier kunnen we makkelijker over de prijs onderhandelen), maar hier in Praag is dit vrijwel onmogelijk. Bedrijven hebben liever dat je online boekt via een derde partij. We vonden de beste prijs op holidaycars.com. We namen niet de goedkoopste auto, maar we namen een die iets groter was (een splinternieuwe Škoda Fabia) zodat we meer slaapruimte hadden. Het … (Lees verder)

Return of Winter in April – Hitchhiking Czech Republic

In the late April we started our Eastern Europe trip. The challenge is to travel all summer long in the cheapest way. Already in the first week we felt that this summer is gonna be an unusually cold one. This may influence our idea of camping in the wilderness. We will be able to relax for some nights until we start our next mission: catsitting in Prague.

Leaving Bali for the Philippines with a short stop in Malaysia

In our last week, we spent new year's eve in Ubud. All the big festivities would be organized in Kuta but it would be impossible to get into town with all the traffic. Besides, we wouldn't be able to drink before driving back. The expensive hotels had their own parties but there didn't seem to be much going on outside until we found the big temples in the center. People there seemed to be waiting for something. It was almost midnight and we found a second floor of a small restaurant where nobody else was sitting. We didn't have to wait long for the fireworks to start. We had the best view from the terrace – the fireworks exploded right above us. On our last day … (Lees verder)

Christmas in Bali – Everything you need to know about celebrating Christmas in Bali

Today, adults get into a hurry, while meeting the preparations for the big celebration in the eve. Today, children eyes sparkle in expectation of the presents they will receive. Today, Christians from different cultures, in different parts of the world gather with their families and friends to ignite the spirit of Jesus' birth. Today, we hope and pray that love and peace surround all those who are involved in Christmas festivities – in private as well as in public places. Today, we want to spread the light and be the light for all the religious minorities, fearing to live their religious believes due to harassment, persecution and violence. Merry Christmas, Selamat Hari Natal Although Christmas is celebrated only by a minority of Indonesians, the public interest is big. Christmas decoration in shopping malls, like Lippo … (Lees verder)

The Bali scooter nightmare: how we managed to get our scooter repaired 4 times

Finding a scooter rental for a decent price as a foreigner on Bali isn't as easy any more. Prices are going up a lot. For Australians it's very cheap to fly here; for them everything is cheap and they are willing to pay the price. Salesmen will often translate the price – "Only 5 Australian dollars" to rent a scooter for a day. Especially when staying for a month, this is not cheap. Luckily, we got a decent price: around € 2 a day, although it would be possible to find it even cheaper. We got it through a friend who doesn't normally rent to foreigners. "They drive like crazy." This is one thing you will recognize, especially in the Kuta area. Drivers cutting people off, … (Lees verder)

A Balinese “baby shower” – Ceremony for the Baby 42 Days after Birth

Religion is very much integrated in Balinese society. In no other country in the world than in Indonesia so many religions live side by side. All the world's major religions are represented – some more than others: Christians, Hindus, Buddhists and Muslims celebrate and pray daily in churches, temples and mosques. Space for prayer and meditation can be found anywhere in Bali. Prayers and rituals are done early in the morning. Those who live next to a temple or a mosque don't need an alarm clock. Although this tumult can get on the nerves of a late riser, it can be an advantage for someone else. Sometimes you can hear beautiful melodies, which can make it easier to get up in the morning. At 5 o'clock the singing … (Lees verder)

Our first week of travel in South East Asia

We have finally started our trip. After we hitchhiked home from Portugal, we took a bit more time home planning stuff than we expected. Our first stop: Bali, Indonesia. After a long flight, we finally landed in Jakarta. It was quite a relief to leave the European winter weather behind and to land in warm Indonesia. We just had one more flight to Bali, just 2 hours away. Before we even left the airport, we were constantly surrounded by taxi drivers, shouting "Taxi, yes?" or "Transport?" Some kept following us. We didn't feel like taking a taxi but we couldn't find a bus and walking seemed a bit too far so we asked for the price. "One hundred pipty tousand", every one of them said – "is … (Lees verder)

Gevonden kat

Ik hoorde 's ochtends wat gemiauw, maar vanuit het raam kon ik niet zien waar het vandaan kwam. Toen het geluid 's avonds door bleef gaan, besloten we om te kijken wat het was. Er waren wat bouwwerkzaamheden gaande en sinds een paar dagen stond er een hek om een gedeelte achter onze flat. We kwamen langs vieze, oude kleren, een rottende schedel en andere troep en vonden uiteindelijk een klein katje, helemaal alleen, ergens achter het hek. Ik klom onder het hek door en kon het katje oppakken. Hij was erg luid maar kon nauwelijks kruipen of zien. Thuis maakten we een klein bedje en we gaven hem eerst een bad. Het water werd bruin; het katje zat vol met zand. Een oog was gesloten, het … (Lees verder)