All posts tagged: cycling

More new year (EN)

31 December 2017 Thagnak, a village in the Himalayas, 4682 meters above sea level, Nepal It’s New Year’s Eve, 9 pm. I try in vain to keep my eyes open. Struggling, knackered, I locate my manger for the night. The yak dung in the stove […]


Wild wheels (EN)

‘Atkoeda?’. Drunk question marks behind large, black glasses of a women’s vintage sunglasses looked blurrily at me. They adorned on the nose of a Kazakh on a motorcycle.


Wilde wielen (NL)

‘Atkoeda?’. Dronken vraagtekens vanachter grote, zwarte glazen van een vintage dameszonnebril keken me wazig aan. De bril prijkte op de neus van een gechambreerde Kazach op motor.


Tested and approved (EN)

[blog post for Grinta! cycling magazine] ‘Doroga normalne’ I hear myself babbling as I drag my bicycle over big rocks. A loud laugh escapes me. Some miles further on, I’m sprayed completely wet when cycling through melted snow that turns the road into a river. […]

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What’s in a name? (EN)

Along the side of the road a handful of grazing cows, a Chinese truck, stuck and a bit further a herd of shy yaks. On that same road, a fully loaded jeep with on its roof a sheep, looking around. He likes it there. The […]


Throwback Thursday #tbt (EN)

‘Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen. Welcome to Tashkent. The local time is 1:30 pm. It’s fourteen degrees Celsius, it’s raining. Thank you for choosing Uzbekistan Airways. We wish you a pleasant stay.’


Offroad Oman (EN)

[blogpost for Rogue Panda Designs] February Twelfth. Like a little kid on her birthday, I woke up way too early and way too excited, ready to explore Oman’s dirt roads. Some final packing puzzles, enjoying that one last shower, and off I went! *Olé*


50 shades of blue (EN)

‘Trien, where has your smile gone?’ After three days of Iran, my much promised land, I suddenly realised that since crossing the border in Noorduz I have laughed little or not at all.