Standing still. Looking back. At the end of the month I like to look back on what I’ve done and where I’ve been. On how I felt and what was on my mind. Usually my Instagram pictures give a pretty good impression, but in January I took a little bit of a social media break. Not completely, but enough to find some gaps in my Instagram feed. So, I’ll add some other photos and videos in this month overview as well. Here we go, looking back on January 2018.
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
New year, new hair 🙂 One of the first things I did, was cutting my hair. Well, I didn’t do it myself, but anyways it’s a whole lot shorter. The first week I avoided all mirrors. Luckily it was cold enough to wear a beanie and long enough, or almost long enough to tie it together. It took a while, but now I can say that I’m really happy with it. Especially because I don’t have to brush my hair anymore. Not that I ever did, but still…
I’m hopping from house to house since I’m officially homeless now. Luckily some friends were on holidays, so I could move in to their apartment. For over a week, I lived in luxury. Taking baths, looking after the vacuum-cleaner-robot and simply enjoying an awesome view.
I’m working behind the scenes on my website, cleaning up the digital mess I made, creating a new project, writing a presentation, answering the neverending emailflood and I’m still uploading hiking trails and tracks. That’s a whole lot of hours behind my laptop. Oempff. BUT I know what I’m doing it for. I know that from May on I’ll be hiking. Hiking and EXPLORING THE DINARIDES. Yes yes yes, the journey goes on. To be continued…
Once a year there is a Light Festival in Amsterdam. Along and ON the canals there a spectacular and a little less spectacular light installations created by artists. Best way to visit this festival is of course by boat. Although I lived in Amsterdam for over 10 years, I’ve never seen the light festival. I guess I didn’t pay enough attention or I avoid the city center too much. Well this year I got it all right. A friend with a boat invited me to hop on. “Bring your own boost and warm (waterproof) clothes.” Thanks to captain Arne I got to see my city from a whole different perspective. Jeeej to an awesome night and a fantastic goodbye to Amsterdam.
To celebrate my 33th birthday I organized a little microadventure. So much fun!! The five of us hiked from Driebergen-Zeist to the bivy spot near Austerlitz. Everyone brought food, water, tents and beers. Later that night other friends came straight from work to the forest. Never thought it would be such a succes, but honestly this is the most memorable birthday party ever! I had an awesome day and a fantastic night. Cheers to adventure!
I didn’t write a lot in January, but I got a new blog online “Waarom wandelen op FiveFingers?” There are tons of reasons why I love hiking on those crazy FiveFinger shoes and I can talk about it for hours and hours. The main and most important reason though, is that I ENJOY HIKING THE MOST WEARING FIVEFINGER shoes. Right now I’m in my “winter-what-kind-of-shoes-to-wear-crisis”, every year the same story… Haven’t figured it out yet, but I do have a nice sunny FiveFingers #footfie 🙂 OHHHH, I miss the sun!
Driebergen-Rijsenburg, The Netherlands
Utrechtse Heuvelrug, The Netherlands
On my never-ending-to-do-list was one fun item. Or well, there are more to do’s which are fun, but this one was real real fun. It included hiking. For some reason my dazer didn’t seem to work. A dazer is a little tool to scare away dogs. It doesn’t hurt them, it’s a high frequency sound that dogs doesn’t like. So, usually using a dazer keeps dogs away, but like I said mine didn’t do its job most of the time. The to-do-point was TESTING THE DAZER. Made a little video to demonstrate.
Winterhike from Zeist to Zwolle
I’m off for a little walk: a winterhike from Zeist to Zwolle. Would like to say “so far so good”, but to be honest I’ve been thinking of going back several times a day. For three days now. The point is, there’s always something unexpectedly great, funny or awesome to keep me going. It’s wet, it’s cold, but it’s also beautiful to wake up with the sound of birds. To hear owls (did I spell it right?) at night, deers in the morning and meet strangers who invite you in for a coffee, a chat and even a warm, cosy room. Really I’m so lucky, Tonight I have a studio for me alone. Don’t know if I’m gonna make it to Zwolle, don’t know if I really want to push myself just for the sake of it. But well, actually it’s so far so good.
Yeah well, what to say. Good morning? Mwhahh. I don’t know. I don’t what I’m doing, it’s supposed to be fun, right? Ok, I like this. I do. I love camping, the outdoors, I even love the sound of raindrops on my tent. I love and enjoy it, I really do. As long as it’s raindrops ON my tent! Oh I can’t make up my mind. I want to keep on going, but it’s wet. Everything is wet (am I complaining? ;-)) But it’s raining IN my tent 🙁 #whattodonext?
Nope, didn’t make it to Zwolle. I just didn’t feel like another wet night, as in wet-shoes-wet-sweater-wet-sleepingbag-wet-water-inside-the-tent kind of wet. (goodweatherhiker). During the day I enjoyed. I totally did. Come on, with places like the Veluwe it’s hard not to. Really, the Netherlands might be flat, there are some pretty amazing places out there. That made it hard to stop. Until I found out that my friend from Driebergen was on the Veluwe as well. For work. So, I got myself a nice super-quiet-snowy-rainy hikingday AND ride back “home”. Best decision ever 😉