New beginnings

In October of 2015 I left my home in Alkmaar for the last time and flew to the Philippines that evening. I spent one night in Manila and moved on to Puerto Galera on Mindoro Island the next day.

Fall of 2015

the Philippines

While being in the Philippines I've been to many places over the last 3 years. I've been to several places multiple times. Just because I kinda like it there. The Philippines is a great country to explore and to see all the sights. The landscape can be challenging and impressive at times. Roads are often a hassle but that's part of the adventure.

2015 → 2018

Malaysia

Having spent a while in the Philippines, immigration law dictates me and JC leave the country. We decided to take a little vacation to Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia to do some shopping and be allowed to 'reset' our visa. Overall, Kuala Lumpur is a nice place to be. The shopping and dining is very nice. We had a blast trying out all kinds of foods. Some we didn't eat for years. Others were completely new to us.

Fall of 2018

the Philippines

After our trip to Malaysia I continued on in the Philippines. Unfortunately having seen Malaysia also made me realise what a crap country the Philippines really is. The rapidly changing political climate, the lack of development and progress here became ever so apparant and appalling. To make matters worse there is a growing disdain towards foreigners and the whole Filipino attitude is shifting away from friendly and helpful to ignorant and arrogant. I've come to realise I don't fit in with the people, and eagerly left the country.

2018 → 2019

Europe

I've explored Italy for a little while. Been to Rome, Florence, Pisa, Venice and Milan. From there I took a train through the Alps to the Netherlands to prepare for Mexico. This took some doing but I got a useful visa, just in time.

Winter of 2019

Mexico

I managed to get a Temporary Resident permit for Mexico, and am moving there in February for an undetermined period of time. Once I find my way I hope to explore all of the country and possibly visit Guatemala and Belize among other places using Mexico as my base.

2019 → Future

Travel stats

Distance

Via Airplane I've travelled more than 65000km. Riding my motorbike I've driven more than 32000km in 2 years. And I've moved around more than 7000km by train, bus and boat.

Hotels

Over the last few years I've stayed in more than 60 different hotels, lodges or inns. I've lived in 5 different houses or appartments and slept uncomfortable on more than one occasion.

Countries

So far I've been to 19 countries in my life. With still more on the list. I speak Dutch and English, a few words German, French and Spanish. And after a year I totally gave up on understanding Bisaya and Tagalog.

Disasters

I’ve 'survived' a hotel fire where the building caught on fire from the next-door slums. I've been in 2 major tropical storms and one smaller one.

Misfortunes

On my motorcycle I've been the victim of 3 hit-and-runs. I also ran over a dog at high speed. A bird hit me in the helmet once. And I fell of several ledges/cliffs with my motorcycle.

Adventure

I've hiked up 3 mountains and explored more than 10 waterfalls and tons of scenic views. I've been on heaps of nice beaches and swam in 3 rivers.

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