• citytrip,  europe,  Moscow,  MR,  Russia,  unesco world heritage

    A trip down memory lane: highlights of Moscow

    I (Maarten) have been to Moscow three times. The last time was in 2006, so it’s fair to say that I waited a bit too long to write this post. We started this version of our blog in 2014 (I think), and I guess at that time I thought my pictures and knowledge of this city were too dated to bother writing about it. I have changed my mind, though. Today, I am convinced that it is still relevant to share my experiences in this wonderful city and hopefully I can revisit Moscow with my family one day. In that case I might have to update this post a bit…

  • europe,  MR,  Norway,  Svalbard

    Visions of Svalbard: landscapes and wildlife around Ny-Ålesund.

    This is the final blogpost in our “polar” series, dedicated to those days when Maarten (who is writing this) was sent to the arctic and antarctic in order to research the marine fauna there. Until now, I have written about my experiences in Antarctica. This blogpost is the only one about my stay on the island of Spitsbergen (in 2007). Since I basically stayed in one location (the Ny-Ålesund research village) and only left this place on two (short) occasions, I really can’t say I have seen a lot of the island. Spitsbergen is the largest island of the Svalbard archipelago (the other two islands are Edgeøya and Nordaustlandet). Halfway between mainland Norway and…