Looking back on June: from Dutch summer into Green Wilderness

Categories Looking Back
A walk in the clouds

At the end of the month I like to look back on what I did, where I was and how I felt. Usually I use my Instagram feed to do so, but the first half of this month I took a bit of a break, because I went back to The Netherlands. There I hugged my friends, witnessed (at) a wedding, spend time with my family and enjoyed the Dutch goods; patatje speciaal, biertje speciaal, 100% pindakaas, dropjes en kaas. Didn’t share this online, but here a short version will follow.

The second half of June was wild. Green and wild. And wet. Summer is gone, adventure is back, the game is on. The 14th of June I started hiking again. More trails to be explored, stories to be written, beauty to be discovered. And photos to be shared. Here’s my “Looking back on June” photo story.

THE NETHERLANDS

Garden camp, Haarlem
Garden camp, Haarlem
Rocky got me a present
Rocky got me a present
Zandvoort aan Zee
Zandvoort aan Zee
Family time with a patatje special, Weerwater Almere
Family time with a patatje special, Weerwater Almere
Weddingtime
Weddingtime
What do you do when you're in The Netherlands, but don't want to pay a train ticket? You BIKE
What do you do when you’re in The Netherlands, but don’t want to pay a train ticket? You BIKE 🙂
Bakfiets parking
Bakfiets parking
DE TREK OUTDOOR
JEEEJ to a new collaboration! DE TREK OUTDOOR provided me with new clothes & gear for my next hike. I’m so excited 🙂 THANX Hans & Jeroen

IN THE BUS TO SARAJEVO

In the bus
New trekking, new outfit thanks to DE TREK OUTDOOR
Compression socks, TOETOE
TOETOE socks in Vivo Barefoot sandals

Compression socks or no socks? This is the first time I wear compression socks and I have to admit that my legs kind of like them. Usually my calves and feet swell up big time on long bus rides, this time they didn’t…

SARAJEVO

National museum, Sarajevo
National museum, Sarajevo
Bar Tito, Sarajevo
Café Tito, Sarajevo

GREEN WILDERNESS PART 1: JAHORINA TRAILRUN TRACK

Leaving the city
Leaving the city

Jep, I’m hiking again 🙂 from Sarajevo I’m heading East. First to Višegrad, then to Tara NP where I follow the Via Dinarica Green Trail to Kosovo. In Kosovo I pick up the White Trail and hike my (own) way to the trail head of the Macedonian Transversale to Ohrid. After Ohrid I have to improvise a route through Albania towards Bar where I pick up the Via Dinarica Blue Trail in Montenegro (PPT). I’ll continue on the Blue Trail along the Croatian Coast and perhaps walk back to Zagreb. Or Slovenia. Or Italy. Don’t know yet…

Napredak dom, Trebević
And uhm yes, I’m on Trebević and found WiFi (with coffee)
A walk in the woods, Trebević
A walk in the woods, Trebević
A walk in the clouds
Type II kind of fun, Trebević vrh
Let's call it a day, Jahorina
Let’s call it a day, Jahorina
Today my Leki's are my best friends
Today my Leki’s are my best friends
Romanija mountain
Another mountain, another view – Romanija
Ravna Romanija

ARGHH why? Okay, I know there’s no or a really bad garbage-pick-up-system in BiH, but here I found leftovers of some kind of food sale. Menu’s with prices, aluminium plates, plastic plates, plastic cups, cola and beer cans. And so on. I just don’t see why you would put all the garbage in your car, drive up and then dump it. How sad that this is probably the easiest way to get rid of your trash.

Where the wild things are…
Sun before the Storm,  Rogatica
Sun before the Storm, Rogatica
On the Via Dinarica Green Trail
On the Via Dinarica Green Trail to Ziličina
Čorba, still my favourite. What else could you wish for?
Čorba, still my favourite. What else could you wish for?
Ivica vrh
Eva on Ivica
Bridge on the Drina, Višegrad
Bridge on the Drina, Višegrad

GREEN WILDERNESS PART 2: FROM BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA TO SERBIA

Dobrun monastery, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Dobrun monastery, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Into the GREEN, Zvijezda
Into the GREEN, Zvijezda
Tara National Park
Tara NP, Serbia

Tara National Park here I am! Took a while, but learned again that patience pays out. “There’s always a way around”, someone said and if not “look at it the other way around”, I thought.

FIVEFINGERS UPDATE

KSO EVO's

This trip I hike on the KSO EVO’S, an ultra light, super flexible FiveFinger shoe. Although the trails have been muddy and this is definitely not a mudrunner, I’m really really happy with them. They’re barefootshoes the way I want them. Good sole that protects, but still gives the barefoot feeling. The more a shoe looks like a foot, the more it acts like one. Got a good 200 kilometres done, mostly through forests on wet trails, but I haven’t had any blister or what so ever. Whenever possible I wash them and put on my sandals to give my feet some air. Works perfect so far.

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