BLOG | Moj najbolji Vikend

In class we had to write an “essay” about our favourite, or best, weekend. Although it’s not even 150 words, it is my first story in Croatian. Thought it would be fun to share. Moj najbolji vikend Svake godine organiziram avanturu za moj rođendan. Ovo je moj najbolji vikend u godini. Ove godine sam išla na kampiranje s prijateljima. Negdje u šumi u Nizozemskoj našli smo mjesto gdje smo smjeli napraviti vatru. Moj rođendan je u siječnju, ali ove godine nije bilo hladno. Prvo smo…Continue Reading “Moj najbolji vikend”

BLOG | Life in Zagreb

At the end of the month I’d like to look back on what I’ve done, on how I felt and what was on my mind. While scrolling through the photos, I immediately got a smile on my face. I like Zagreb. It’s been almost two months since I left the Netherlands and although I thought I didn’t do much, except for learning Croatian, it turned out that I explored quite a bit. So, here’s a photo journal about my life in Zagreb and an unorganized…Continue Reading “Life in Zagreb, two months in Croatia’s capital city”

BLOG | Back to School | City Talk, Zagreb

Dobro došli. Welcome. Doći, argh a ći-verb. Došla sam? Išla, mogla, željela, mislila, gledala – the lala’s and sams dance around the class room. My head is spinning. All verbs I know have changed. Meet the Croatian language. It takes a while for me to realize we’re gonna do the past tense. Excitement, let’s do this. “Bila sam u Sarajev… uhh”, static place, lokativ, ending on -o = srednji rod… u. “Bila sam u Sarajevu.” I was in Sarajevo. Kada? When? I want to say…Continue Reading “Back to School”

BLOG | Hello Zagreb | THE VIEW

When I open my eyes it’s dark, but I know we arrived in Zagreb. Hello Zagreb! The bus waits for a traffic light, when I look to the right I see McDonald’s and the casino. My eyes search for the church, the church on the opposite side of the building I live. Found it. It’s not the prettiest neighbourhood in Zagreb, but I’m excited to be back. Even though I only live and lived here for a few months, it feels like “my” neighbourhood. And…Continue Reading “Hello Zagreb”

BLOG | Crazy Early Spring

At the end of the month I like to look back on where I’ve been and what I’ve done. On how I felt and what was on my mind. I could have posted these photos on Instagram, but I didn’t. Usually February is a bit of a difficult month, it’s not green yet, it’s still cold and the sunrise is terribly late. This year was different though. No, not the sunrise, no. But it was warm and sunny. There were blue skies, nature started to…Continue Reading “Crazy early spring & a microadventure”

BLOG | Trebevic Tales | Up and down

Here I am again, back on my blog and I got another (by the time I post it) old update for you. Here’s the fourth and last part of my Trebević work-away adventure: Trebević Tales #4 “UP and DOWN”. The second half of January It took a while to write this post, because I wasn’t sure what to share and what not. I still don’t know, but what I do know is that I started my blog with the idea to write about what I…Continue Reading “UP and DOWN ~ Trebević Tales #4”

BLOG | Trebević Tales

“What are you doing for Christmas? Where will you be at New Year’s Eve? Do you have plans for your birthday?” Same questions every year. More or less same answer every year. “Don’t know, I’ll see.” For me the holidays aren’t anything special. I’d be totally fine hanging out in a hut, shovelling snow, making fire, walk a little, read a little. But to be honest this year I did feel like spending time with friends. Maybe I could do this walking, fire- making and…Continue Reading “The Wild One & Me ~ Trebević Tales #1”

BLOG | Pretty Prizren

First time I was in Prizren I wrote this:  Prizren is definitely worth a visit. It’s a beautiful, old, vivacious town with mountains all around. I’ll definitely come back to be a real tourist, but for now hiking is on my mind. Second time was not even a month later, two weeks maybe. Rosa and I left the Macedonian Mountain Traverse due to bad weather. Better to hide in a city. Totally unplanned and thus again totally unprepared. I still suck at being a tourist tourist…Continue Reading “Pretty Prizren”

BLOG | Caught in a Dream

“I’ll let you part of my dream, if I can be part of yours” Bob Dylan said that “I’ll let you part of my dream, if I can be part of your reality” I said that ~ Sophie Hunger, Sophie Hunger Blues   Caught in a dream I walk the streets. Caught in a dream. Zovem se Eva, ja sam iz Nizozemske, iz Amsterdama. Živim u Zagrebu. I walk. The wind blows. It’s spring. Sada je proljeće, but the winter is still here. Zagreb is…Continue Reading “Caught in a dream”

BLOG | Storyteller

Quite often I loose myself in trying to find answers. The right answers of course. I know that they don’t exist and if they do, that they will change all the time. There are no ultimate answers and that’s OK. I accepted that, but sometimes I forget. I forget that I accepted it. And that it was OK. At the same time, I really like thinking about possible answers. Nuance them, develop them. Talk about them. I like the process. And I like to séé…Continue Reading “Storyteller”

BLOG | Snow and other stuff in Sarajevo

It’s the fifth time that I’m in Sarajevo. I’ve seen pretty much every season, from bloody, bloody hot to freeeezing cold, I only did not see any snow. Until two weeks ago. Caroline, a friend who came to visit me, saw it first. ˝I see something falling from the sky..˝ I got out of bed to check, but couldn’t really see anything. ˝Well, I think it’s the reflection of the light on the dirty windows.˝ The next morning everything was white. No dirty windows, (hmm…Continue Reading “Snooooow in Sarajevo!”

BLOG | What am I?

I remember that I once tried to write a song when I was a teenager. I just discovered the magic of music and words. I remember me sitting on my bed in my cozy orange room. It was in Almere, during high school. I even recorded it. But my lack of musical talent or the believe that I lacked musical talent, won. It has always been easier to list the things I am not good at. And it has always been easier to avoid the things…Continue Reading “What am I?”

BLOG | Another year

I’ve been a bit quiet the last few weeks. No new stories and no updates. I divide my time between Sarajevo and Zagreb. Between writing and hiking. Travel up and down, pay a visit to the mountains every now and then and meet lots of old and new friends. But what am I up to? I, most of the time, don’t even know myself… All I know is that and don’t want to go back yet. The photo on the left is taken on the…Continue Reading “Another year”

BLOG | Ljubljana full of life

Warm autumn colours, short October days and a dear friend from The Netherlands. The grey rainy sky gives us a beautiful nostalgic feeling. Ljubljana is one of my favourite Middle European cities. It’s small, it’s sweet and even in Autumn it’s full of life. One year ago (plus 3 months) I stood at this exact same spot. Then I had to hide from a heavy July rain, now it’s a sweet sunny October day. While standing there, I realized how much happened and how much…Continue Reading “Ljubljana full of Life”

BLOG | Hollandia

It’s one of these days. Sentimental, melancholic. Tired. Six weeks in Croatia. I talk about The Netherlands. I don’t know what I feel. I’m in a town. A big town. Zagreb. I think of Amsterdam. I compare. Staying in a apartment. Comfortable. The piles of books remind me of home. My cozy little house. I listen to a Dutch composer. Simeon ten Holt, Canto Ostinato. The music gets to me. A friends birthday, I miss her. Hollandia, Amsterdam.

BLOG | Ready to go!

While sitting on my balcony, watching the sunset I realise I am ready. It feels weird, I’m having an amazing time here, but I’m also ready to move on. The adventure I am so much looking forward to is about to begin. Well, that’s not entirely true, the adventure has already started long ago. Life is one big adventure. I’m just moving on. A next chapter. Today I have sent ahead the last package for supplies on the road. Besides maps and directions it contains…Continue Reading “Ready to go!”

BLOG | Hiking from Sarajevo to Vukov Konak

A few weeks ago while I was still in Amsterdam, I saw a post on the Terra Dinarica Facebook page about a guesthouse named Vukov Konak. They were looking for volunteers to help them during the summer season. Of course my plan was (and still is) to hike the White Trail, but I couldn’t help clicking and scrolling down Vukov Konaks page. When I came across a video that showed a little concert in their cosy wooden living room, I knew I had to go and find that…Continue Reading “Hiking from Sarajevo to Vukov Konak”

BLOG | Goings in Sarajevo

It’s Tuesday today, which means I have already been here over a week. Time flies! The todo list I made last week may not be growing, but looking at it I ask myself what I did do. That’s why it is a good idea to keep a diary, any form of diary. I’m not quite sure what to call myself here. Obviously I’m a tourist, but I am staying longer than usual and not doing as much sightseeing. Maybe I am a visitor, or a guest,…Continue Reading “Goings in Sarajevo”

BLOG | I’m going on a trip and I’m taking…

Saturday May 14th, accompanied by two friends and with all my luggage I left home and took the night train from Amsterdam to München. Because I thought it would be a good idea to take my bicycle, I had four extra panniers to fill with stuff. This also meant a serious challenge on the journey with all the changes in trains and buses, but I managed. In München I changed trains to Villach, there I had 10 minutes to change to the Zagreb train. On…Continue Reading “I’m going on a trip and I’m taking”

BLOG | Princess of the Mountains

Dobro jutro! While kneeled down in front of my guest bed rummaging through my bag I suddenly feel two small arms around my shoulders and a small body pressed against my back. The eight-year-old girl whose room I’m sharing this week, has come to hug me good morning and disappears as suddenly as she came in. When I’m left alone in the room after the hug, I feel my heart pounding, my stomach fluttering and my eyes water. Soon tears stream down my cheeks. A liquid smile…Continue Reading “Princess of the Mountains”

BLOG | Sarajevo; a Concrete Gem Amidst Mighty Mountains

While cycling up a tough mountain in Una National Park last summer, I came across a group of touring Bosnians. Just like any other passers-by, they wondered why on earth I was travelling on my own, by bike. It struck me that they didn’t ask why I chose to spend my holiday in Bosnia or the Balkans, but why I didn’t just take a car. Explaining my passion for cycling and solo travelling remains difficult, and perhaps it’s a cultural difference. They gave me some tips…Continue Reading “Sarajevo; a Concrete Gem Amidst Mighty Mountains”

BLOG | Dance of Life

“I am dancing with my true love – a memory of her. A smiling, blond-haired woman enters who wishes to take the flower of love – but it won’t allow itself to be taken. And on the other side one can see her dressed in black troubled by the couple dancing – rejected – as I was rejected from her [Mrs. heiberg’s] dance (Müller=Westermann 78).” Munch’s desription of the painting in his diary. “A parable of human existence and of destiny that dominates our adventure…Continue Reading “Dance of Life”

BLOG | Between Two Worlds

After a night on an airplane, a transfer and another flight I arrived at Sarajevo airport mid morning. As forecasted it was a rainy day with low clouds so I did not see any mountains. Somewhat disappointed and tired from travelling I tried to figure out my next move, but before I could worry about where to go next I saw a girl with a sign reading: “ Eva Smeele Via Dinarica.” Smiling I went over and introduced myself. I stepped right into their most…Continue Reading “Between Two Worlds”

BLOG | Innertrail

I’m confused. I’m excited and a bit nervous, but there is also an indescribable calmness which comes from a deeper place. Wow, seriously? Am I writing this or truly feeling it? The internet is flooded with quotes about life. Life learning, life lessons, life skills, life truths, life changing books and of course lifestyle. All there to help you, support you, guide you towards… Towards what? Self-improvement? Innertrail is a small company that organizes 3-day hiking trips to help you connect with yourself, nature and others….Continue Reading “Innertrail”