HomepageBannerENThis site is meant to inspire people to go on long distance hikes, long journeys and to try and understand people from countries other than our own. Why? That was best put in words by Mark Twain.

On this site you will find hundreds of blogs about the many hikes and travels of The Wandelgek in The Netherlands and Europe but also far beyond. The Wandelgek enjoys traveling to areas where tourism is still in its infancy and that therefore are a purer experience in terms of landscape, people and culture then is possible after they’ve been altered by extensive infrastructural changes.

 

This is a YouTube playlist with favorite songs of The Wandelgek, which will be updated quite often. Enjoy this music on a roadtrip or during a long railway journey!

Below are hiking and travel blogs The Wandelgek wants to bring to your attention, and these will be updated regularly. To the right you’ll find new blog entries and if you use the search bar to the right or the navigation menu you will certainly find what you are looking for. Have fun browsing around!

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7. VLOG #3: Sailing at midnight in a frozen ice world

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One of the most eye popping and jaw dropping experiences I ever had was when I set sail on a polar expedition ship towards the huge icebergs floating from the Kangia icefjord into Disco Bay at midnight. The arctic polarsun … Continue reading

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Where hobbits walk… – Walk through The Shire (Cotswolds 3)

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After a good night’s rest and a sturdy breakfast at the Green Dragon Inn in Cockleford, The Wandelgek started his 2nd walk through the Cotswolds, which would go through the Churn Valley… Elevation and level The walk was an approximately … Continue reading

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1.03 The six servants

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The gnomes had pointed me towards a great wall and told me to search for someone living there who might be able to help me find the other side of the dark forest. I was now following the path again … Continue reading

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6. Hiking at the Kangia Icefjord: 3. (part of the) Blue Trail (2.7 kilometres)

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The third trail starts at the quarry just on the outskirts southeast of Ilulissat and the complete trail is 6.9 kilometres long. But I didn’t walk the complete trail but started where the reed trail ended and where it joined … Continue reading

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Souvenir 006: Ruhnama: Saparmurat Turkemenbashi’s legacy in a book, paper – Ashgabat, Turkmenistan 2004

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The wandelgek visited Turkmenistan’s capital of ashgabat in 2004, while travelling the famous Silkroad. The city was struck by a mayor earthquake levelling and demolishing lots of its old buildings. The great leader of Turmenistan named Turkmenbashi (Father of the … Continue reading

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Souvenir 005: Wayang puppets, wood and fabric/leather skin – Bandung/Yogyakarta, Indonesia 2003

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Wayang Travelling over the Indonesian island of Java in 2003, The wandelgek learned about the three main forms of Wayang: Wayang wong Wayang golek Wayang kulit There are more forms of wayang like Wayang gedog/wayang topeng, Wayang karucil or Wayang … Continue reading

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Souvenir 004: Chinese Chess, wood – Saigon, Vietnam 2008

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Travelling through Asia, The Wandelgek met lots of unforgetable people. The best meetings were almost always with locals enjoying their spare time. E.g. in Tibet in the evening after dinner, people enjoyed playing a game of chess in the local … Continue reading

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Souvenir 003: Traditionally dressed dolls, cloth – Damaraland, Khorixas, Namibia 2015

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When i travelled through southern Africa in the summer of 2015, I drove through an area in northern Namibia named Damaraland, where the Herero tribe lived. On the road I met some Herero men, and saw that the donkey cart … Continue reading

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5. Hiking at the Kangia Icefjord: 2. Red Trail (1 kilometre)

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This second trail starts at the heliport just on the outskirts south of Ilulissat. This is where the yellow trail (see previous blog) ends. Again there is The walk started with a steep climb up the stairs and then some … Continue reading

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1.02 The gnome village

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…After looking back a few times I couldn’t see the cursed castle anymore and I sat down on a red fungus. All over its red cap were white dots and it was humming a merry time 🎼🎶 I took my … Continue reading

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