• 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…

  • asia,  Bali,  Indonesia

    Snorkeling adventures in Bali.

    I think we’ve always had that special connection with the ocean and its creatures. Annick loves a good swim, whether in the ocean, a lake or a river, and for her it is one of the best ways to fully relax. As a marine biologist, Maarten has also worked for years in close connection with the sea. Needless to say that we were particularly delighted to notice that Febe has also turned into a (salt) water lover. I remember how she loved to dip into the Mediterranean when she was 3, and last year she even went on her first whale safari in South Africa with us. She loved it, didn’t complain at all of…

  • asia,  Bali,  Indonesia

    Beyond the crowded beaches – an account of Bali’s exceptional cultural identity.

    We had planned to go to Mexico this summer. Due to budgetary limitations, however (some necessary renovations needed to be done in our house as well), we decided to wait a few years and invade Sweden instead. However, our renovation plans eventually ruled out July and August as well, and since we are both working in education, we had to look out for an alternative in spring. Annick came up with Bali, an exotic destination and popular honeymoon getaway. I was skeptical at first, because I knew the island only from its overcrowded, garbage-littered beaches and drunk tourists. I thought it would be an unpleasant place stuffed with oversized hotels full of noisy poolside animation. But…

  • asia,  Bali,  Indonesia,  unesco world heritage

    Rice and Subak – Bali’s world heritage

    Rice. Those of you who have ever traveled through Bali, know very well how important this plant and its seeds are in the local cuisine, religion and culture of this island. The cultivation, production, practical utilisation and consumption of rice has been deeply rooted in everyday life in Bali for more than 2000 years. Rice is a popular and even essential ingredient of Balinese cooking. It is used as a side dish with almost every meal, so if you’re (un)lucky, you can have it as breakfast, lunch ànd dinner. Rice is a starch-rich staple food that is the primary food source in many regions of the world, but to the Balinese people it is much more than a source of food and life.…

  • AF,  belgium,  citytrip,  europe,  gent,  themed posts

    Gent – the veggie capital of Europe

    Gent is in many ways an innovative city. One of these ways is that the city has been supporting and promoting the consumption of less meat. Since 2009 the city supports “Donderdag Veggiedag”, meaning the active promotion of eating vegetarian for (at least) one day in a week. This also means that in all school restaurants and office buildings of the city of Gent no meat is served on Thursdays. This is an enormous step in reducing the consumption of meat and thus saving a little bit of our planet. Gent also has an enormous amount of veggie(friendly) and vegan(friendly) restaurants: 130 restaurants serve vegetarian food, 44 are veganfriendly and…

  • AF,  belgium,  citytrip,  europe,  gent,  kidstravel,  themed posts,  where to go: belgium

    Good deed of the day: help a dragon!

    Have you ever helped out a dragon? We have! Today we helped out a very cute, little, red dragon find his glasses. His name is Fosfor, and somehow he lost them. If you download the (free!) Ojoo app on your smartphone, and then install the (free) game ‘Where are Fosfor the Dragon’s glasses’ (‘Draakje Fosfor’ in Dutch), you can help him out as well. And discover the beautiful city centre of Gent in the mean time 😉               You start the game at Veerleplein, near the tourist information centre. The game takes you on a walk of about 1,5h around the city and ends…