• themed posts,  traveltips

    The 5 best travel apps

    A world without a smartphone has become unthinkable for most people. We are seriously addicted to our smartphones, and though I also enjoy a bit of offline time, having a smartphone with you when traveling can be a real plus. We have rounded up the most usefull travel apps for you. Journey I’ve always kept a travel journal, for as long as I can remember. If I don’t do it, I forget the name of the cosy restaurant we’ve had dinner in, I forgot what the local speciality is called or even which temple or historical ruïn we’ve visited. Sure, when you get back home it’s still quite fresh, but…

  • central america,  Dominican Republic

    Snorkeling in the Dominican Republic

    As explained in our previous post, we stayed in Punta Cana during our trip. The focus of our stay was resting, and snorkeling. We both had some great snorkel experiences before, and were pleasantly surprised by what the Dominican Republic had to offer. We booked our snorkeling trips with Dressel Divers, a local dive shop located on the beach in Punta Cana (near the Iberostar hotel). We did our research before leaving and they are a responsible diving and snorkeling company, with attention for the environment and the stability of the coral reefs – something very important to us. Looking back we are very pleased we booked our snorkeling tours…

  • central america,  Dominican Republic

    Staying in Punta Cana

    The Dominican Republic was an a-typical holiday for us. We had actually planned to go to Egypt that year. A group trip, a 3 weeks exploration with a travel agency known for adventurous travels. We booked a holiday in July, but in June we received news that we were the only ones who booked the holiday and the group tour couldn’t take place. They offered us the same trip, the same period, but with their Dutch partner organisation. Only: we had to pay €600 more. For the exact same trip. It was already a pricy trip, so we refused. So, a month before summer started we were left with no trip……

  • antarctica

    An unexpected layover in the Antarctic.

    October 2007. I was on my way to Antarctica for the second time in 2 years. Not by ship this time, but with a Hercules plane, straight from Buenos Aires. Our destination was Jubany, an Argentinian military base / research station where I was going to perform a number of experiments to study the impact of global warming on marine fauna. We were supposed to go to Marambio first: a quick stop to pick up a few people they told us. Marambio is another Argentinian military base and not really a stop in between BA and Jubany, since it is located much more to the south, deeper into the Antarctic territory. And…

  • central america,  Dominican Republic,  unesco world heritage

    Santo Domingo

    When we visited the Dominican Republic, we focussed mainly on beach life and snorkeling. However, we decided to take in some culture as well: we took a daytrip to the capital Santo Domingo. The drive there by bus took us about 2 hours and a half, so it’s quite a long trip to make. It is worth it though! When we arrived we first visited the area of Ciudad Colónial, the colonial area that was declared Unesco Worldheritage in 1990. The area is packed with historical buildings. La Fortaleza Ozama is the oldest European built military structure in the Americas. It is situated right next to the palace of Diego…

  • europe,  GL,  greece

    A week in Santorini

    When I asked our Facebook fans last week what I should write about next, Israel or Santorini – they picked Santorini. For me this was my first trip away from Belgium & The Netherlands. We are writing 1996, when clothing and hairdo where very wrong and the digital camera wasn’t invented yet. Here’s a little trip down memory lane! A little bit of history When you look at the map of Santorini, you’ll notice the odd shape. That’s because of the volcanic activity this lovely island has known. In 1512 B.C. part of the island got blown up by a volcanic eruption, causing it’s odd moonlike shape. Two craters are…

  • antarctica,  Argentina,  South America

    A few days in Buenos Aires

    I am a high school science teacher for 8 years now, but before my career in education I used to work as a marine biologist, doing research for the Marine Biology Section of Ghent University in Belgium. After my PhD about coral reefs, I started working for a small Belgian project dealing with Antarctic marine biodiversity, called BIANZO. I was studying microscopic, benthic (= sea-bottom) nematodes (roundworms) and their quick response on changes in our climate and their polar environment. In order to take the necessary samples for my research, I first joined a large number of fellow scientists on a 3-month sampling campaign on the German RV Polarstern, between November 2006 and Februari…

  • asia,  Bali

    Eat, sleep, drive. A practical guide to Bali!

    Bali is an exotic destination and that means that most people think going there isn’t all that easy. Though it is part of Indonesia, Bali is very accessible and easy to do with children. It’s an ideal introduction to South-East Asia. In this post we’re rounding up the best of our experiences, just for you! EAT Balinese cuisine is great and not too spicy. We found excellent, budget spots to eat and more exclusive restaurants, that are still very affordable if you are used to European prices. We were traveling with our then 6 year old girl, who is a very fussy eater. We found that Balinese restaurants always have…

  • camping

    Camping in fall

    Those who knows us a little bit, know we love camping. It gives us a sense of freedom and we love the rhythm you need to follow when camping. You simply can’t rush things. We have camped a bit all over Europe – but so far always in summertime. Last year that changed though. Since we want to do some more challenging camping in the future (yes, Iceland, we are looking at you!) we decided to buy a four seasons tent two years ago. And since we wanted to do a little trip in fall last year (to Wales), we thought… why not go camping? Most people we know thought we…

  • asia,  Bali

    Bali for nature lovers.

    When we were doing the research for our trip to Bali in the spring of 2017, I came across a TripAdvisor page entitled “Nature & Wildlife in Bali“. Since nature is always high on our travel bucket list, I was genuinely curious, so I had a look. It was supposed to be a list of nature and wildlife experiences. To my confusion, this is what I found there: 1. Ubud Tanah Lot Tour. Seriously? That’s a cultural tour, so clearly in the wrong place. 2. Breakfast with the Orangutans at Bali Zoo. This was already a bit unsettling, especially because the accompanying photo featured a family in front of a cage (!) with Orangutans. Even though the experience might…