trails & tribulations

by Jakob


‘Happy dance’ made by Crutches. Yep, I’m in a couple of times too, thx Crutches!

Post tagged with: ‘travel’ - Published on Tuesday June 24 2014 at 10:18 AM

Time to leave

Early in the morning I woke up because I did not want to miss my flight, and in any case I wanted a bit of time at the airport. After a train journey of 1 ½ hours, I arrived at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol and having checked in I was good at my ease a look […]

Post tagged with: ‘travel’ - Published on Tuesday March 18 2014 at 9:35 AM

Mercantour, Alpi Marittime

I try to scratch some snow out of my shoe during a moment of rest on a steep and snowy mountainside. avoiding to put to much pressure on my right knee. Some distance back my left foot slid away when I took a big step on a steap slope and my right knee hit a […]

Post tagged with: ‘travel’ - Published on Monday July 15 2013 at 12:02 AM


My body clock is apparently slightly upset: I wake up a little late, almost to late. I look at my watch and a little startled I see that I’ve only 20 minutes left for the bus to Nice. I dress as fast as possible, roughly fill my backpack and in a light trot I rush […]

Post tagged with: ‘travel’ - Published on Sunday June 30 2013 at 7:18 PM


“Do you have a cheap room?”, I ask the lady behind the counter of a cheap looking hotel.” 40 euros, with private shower, toilet” answers the lady.” Oops, that’s quite expensive”, I think, I thank her kindly and continuing looking.

Post tagged with: ‘travel’ - Published on Saturday June 29 2013 at 8:17 PM


“I see you are well prepared” says the steward of Air Malaysia to me with a friendly smile when I thanked him while I leave the plane. He points to my down jacket. On the way to my backpack and the customs for my visa I feel uncomfortable: inside it feels allready cold and chilly, […]

Post tagged with: ‘travel’ - Published on Tuesday January 15 2013 at 11:57 AM


Singapore, quite a contrast compared to Phnom Penh … Singapore makes me initially think of Europe, to be more specific: a hot summer day in Europe, this impression changed soon when I was in the center of Singapore: numerous high and modern skyscrapers stand close together and where there is some place left building activities […]

Post tagged with: ‘travel’ - Published on Sunday December 30 2012 at 4:30 PM

Phnom Penh

From within the bus I watch the landscape of Cambodia: very flat, many rice fields, houses on high stilts, it all looks green and friendly. The majority of the ride is on a well maintained or perhaps new road, only the last part of the journey is on a unpaved road and the clouds of […]

Post tagged with: ‘travel’ - Published on Monday December 24 2012 at 4:33 PM

The ruins of Angkor, Cambodia

The 4000 islands in Laos are beautiful, but four days being lazy is a bit too much for me, so I decided to take a bus to Siem Reap in Cambodia. A longtail-boat would pick me up at for about 8 o’clock in the morning to bring me to the main-land. In Laos everything goes […]

Post tagged with: ‘travel’ - Published on Friday December 21 2012 at 2:33 AM

Laos (the 4000 Islands)

After a long train ride, with a few stopovers in Hat Yai and Bangkok, I arrived in Nong Kkai, a border town near Vientiane in Laos. With a group of fellow travelers we took a Tuk Tuk to the border for our ‘visa on arrival’.

Post tagged with: ‘travel’ - Published on Sunday December 16 2012 at 3:30 PM

Back in KL, feels like home, but still getting lost

I don’t know what went wrong, but I booked a ticket to Hatyai in Thailand, but my luggage was checked out in Kuala Lumpur and to get my luggage back I first had to check myself in Malaysia again. When I got my luggage I didn’t have much time left, “what the heck”, I thought. […]

Post tagged with: ‘travel’ - Published on Saturday December 8 2012 at 9:03 PM


I love these animals. Not only because they eat the mosquitos but they are also quite funny to observe. They have become a bit of my mascot.

Post tagged with: ‘travel’ - Published on Wednesday December 5 2012 at 11:30 PM

Silimalombu, Lake Toba, Sumatra (again)

After a brief stopover in Kuala Lumpur I arrived in Medan, the capital of Sumatra. From the airport I walked to my guesthouse, the same guesthouse I had a year ago. It felt like I was here yesterday and at the same time I felt amazed to be back here. I bought some snacks at […]

Post tagged with: ‘travel’ - Published on Wednesday November 14 2012 at 6:53 AM

Sabah, Borneo Malaysia

Kota Kinalabu … op een of andere manier had ik het mij heel anders voorgesteld (overigens niet in negatieve zin): ik had van te voren weinig informatie ingewonnen over deze stad en omgeving, ik had alleen van andere reizigers gehoord dat de eilanden vlakbij fantastisch mooi zijn, waar je geweldig kunt duiken etc. Kortom: klonk […]

Post tagged with: ‘travel’ - Published on Monday October 29 2012 at 9:34 AM

Krabi and the Andaman sea

The rain is pouring from the sky, it’s clearly: it’s the rain-season in Thailand. Together with Henry and Sabine we try to entertain ourselfs on the cozy balcony of the Nature View Guesthouse. It looks like the weather in the coming days remains this way, but anyway, the rainy season has its advantages: everything is […]

Post tagged with: ‘travel’ - Published on Monday September 24 2012 at 2:30 PM
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