Buses are created by the devil.

I’m not a beach girl. And I happened to have stranded in a beach resort. Great. There was a lot of sand. I woke up to a beetle in my toilet and a frog in my washbasin. I had set my alarm at 5am to make it at least a little bit worth the while of being there. Good thought. A small amount of villagers were up sweeping streets and preparing fishing nets. They were smiling me a good morning. An 8 hour bus ride soon became 10. It’s like...

A magic word.

One word: thatalo. It literally means: “no living things” With this magic word, you will go a very long way. I learned this word at the border, and once I did, I never looked back. You could easily walk into any place in Myanmar and get a vegan dish without any problems. And on top of that, people will LOVE that you know some of the local language. Traditional Myanmar food consists mostly of rice, a variety of fried vegetables and unfortunately, a lot of meat. But don’t panic! Simply get all the...

Bladder control

Bangkok made me lazy. Lazy for private rooms and easy Thai food. A Tom Yum a day, keeps the doctor away! With a stopover in Kanchanaburi, I finally hit the road again. I felt like reborn, just by stepping out of my little circle of lazy misery. Will I ever learn? I caught an early bus to Phu Nam Ron, which was the first step of an adventure that was going to be much longer than researched. Like always. I had picked the most remote border crossing there was to...

A little update

WHOOSH. I got teleported to Thailand! 😮 As I was laying on my bed, trying to get the crappy fan to cool me down, I could not believe what had just happened. A little bit more than one year ago, I left for a life-journey around the globe. In Nepal I had planned to stick around, but exiting family events decided otherwise. My Nepali visa was running out and I needed to get home anyway; but I still had 2,5 months left before my family was going to expand, TWICE!...

Hitch-hiking in the Balkans

I was kind of depressed, walking around the authentic streets raped by the fake-ness of the tourist industry. I started walking into the darkness, up, up, up she goes! Walking up to the dark piece of history embracing the mountains felt really powerful. (Ok, maybe I was a tiny bit afraid.) The windy sleep was short but powerful, and the view made it all up. Found my lost sock on the way down. I showered in the sea, picked up my luggage in the bus station. Thumbs up. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- On...

Serbians in Montenegro

That early Sunday morning at 6am my next Blabla-car picked me up. The mini-car (grey, the car was grey) could only fit my backpack after some serious Tetriss-ing and I got squeezed between their roadtrip of testosterone, booze and The Prodigy. They were the type of guys I would not trust the tiniest bit when in Belgium: shaven heads, sport trousers and faces that clearly had lived a bit too hard on 90’s parties. Nevertheless, one of the guys wore braces and it is generally known that someone who cares...

Versatile kitchens

I got a ride from an Italian guy on speed vacation. He was a total contradiction of me, because he had planned out EVERYTHING: from the hotel he was going to stay in, to the restaurant where he was going to have lunch. The man thought it was pretty funny for him to give a vegan a ride to Macedonia, which means fruit salad in Italian. Besides this counterpart, we got along pretty well. The hours glided by as fast as the landscape. Since there were 5 beds in his...

From Asia to Europe in an eye blink

After 48 hours of catching taxi’s, changing flights and sleeping in airports and planes, I arrived at the right metro stop in Sofia. Seriously, I have no idea how I’ve done it. I’d met a complete stranger at a church who chucked me into three different cars and talked almost the whole way. 5 hours later we arrived in a dark place deep into the woods. ZAP. Like nothing ever happened. I was back in Europe. At least, I thought I was. Where am I anyway? The day that I...

Dal Bhat Power, 24 hour!

Vegan around Annapurna – what can you expect? Frankly, I had no idea. Travelling as a vegan has been hard at times, but I started to get the hang of it I guess. Without any research I embarked on a bus trip towards to unknown. My decision to do a hike had been made 2 days before, and I only briefly found time to go to the supermarket and stock up on snacks. This is how I survived the Himalayan mountains on a vegan diet: I started by trying out the fried noodles, soup and Thukpa,...

The Annapurna survival guide for Amateurs

It is strictly forbidden to visit Nepal and not do a trek. Seriously, it would be a crime not to do so. 
Because you have no idea how magic the Himalayas are, and you almost certainly will cry of happiness. If you think you are too cool to cry, the fact that this trek is a physical challenge can lift up your ego instead (and then you can secretly cry when nobody is watching). Without any preparation, consideration, information, and more “-tions” that I can not think of right now,...