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: 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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4. 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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4. VLOG #2: Mosquito nets and icebergs at the Ilulissat icefjord

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“The road goes ever on…” – Walk through the Shire (Cotswolds 2)

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The Cotswolds: Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty The Wandelgek had reached the Cotswolds, probably the area which inspired J.R.R. Tolkien for his description of The Shire in both, The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings… The Cotswolds is an … Continue reading

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3. Hiking at the Kangia Icefjord: 1. Yellow Trail (2.7 kilometres)

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Before reading this blog about the Yellow trail, following the Kangia/Ilulissat/Jakobshavn Icefjord, you might want to read my previous blog with background information on this Icefjord too. Read more at my blog Wake up call to Climate Change and introduction … Continue reading

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2. Wake up call to Climate Change and introduction to the Jakobshavn/Ilulissat/Kangia Icefjord in West Greenland

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Kangia Icefjord (Jakobshavn/Ilulissat Icefjord) Ilulissat is the tourist hub of Greenland and the main reason for almost 10.000 tourists a year to visit is its proximity to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Kangia Icefjord. The Ilulissat Icefjord (Greenlandic: … Continue reading

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