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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Souvenir 006: Vietnamese fisherman, wood, eggshell, black paint, lacquer/varnish – Hoi An, Vietnam, 2008

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In the waters near Hoi An (a small fishing village in Central Vietnam), Fishermen use special techniques to catch fish. One of those techniques is to cast/throw a fishing net into the water. The way the net is cast/thrown spreads … Continue reading

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Deventer (the ultimate historic walk for history lovers in 4 parts)

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Deventer 1250 In the year 768 a missionary named Lebuïnus founded Deventer. This is now (2018) exactly 1250 years ago. In celebration of this event a lot of festivities are organized. Website: https://deventer1250.nl/ The Wandelgek decided to honour the city with … Continue reading

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9. Disney’s Frozen in real life!!! : Travelling between the icebergs of West Greenland at midnight…

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If, for a scientific experiment, you’d ask a large group of toddlers: “What color is the color of ice?” You’ll probably get an overwhelming group of toddlers answering: “White”. Maybe a few think of Italian gelato and mention pink or … Continue reading

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8. VLOG #4: Sailing at midnight in a frozen ice world #2

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“Let the whole world be as I am. Let winter rule always.” Quote from The Snow Queen by H.C..Andersen Sailtrip on a polar expedition ship, between the huge icebergs of the Kangia icefjords. This is the cradle of the largest … Continue reading

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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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