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    Bucket list: 3 countries with M in Africa I’d love to see

    Destinations in Africa for the bucket list! Recently I saw the possibility to fill in an online map with the countries where you have been. And Africa remained the big empty continent for me. It’s not that I am not interested in it, but in a way I never immediately think of Africa when I choose a new travel destination. Yet I see Africa appearing all around me. For example, some fellow bloggers recently traveled in Madagascar, my friend Marieke was in Namibia recently and I read an article about hiking in South Africa. So it’s time to fill the bucket list for Africa and I start with three destinations…

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    The Outdoor Life – week 16

    [This blog was supposed to go online last Monday. However – I caught a cold on Friday and got bronchitis on top of that on Sunday. So I spent 48 hours in bed – by the time this goes online, I’ll hopefully have recovered a bit … ] Spring has started and lots of adventures are around the corner. And I mean LOTS! When doing some calculations and agenda checking during last Friday’s lunch break at work, I realized that there are no more 5 day (fulltime) working weeks for me until September. This obviously doesn’t mean that I won’t be working, but I’m just not there fulltime anymore. Most…

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    Oorlog aan de sandflies!

    Sandflies Sir Ian McKellen As an unpaid but enthusiastic proselytiser on behalf of all things Kiwi, including the New Zealand tourist indurstry, I hesitate to mention the well-kept secret of sandflies. I first met them en masse at the glorious Milford Soun, where visitors (after the most beautiful drive in the world) are met, at least during the summer, by crowds of the little buggers. There are patent unctions that cope, and tobacco repels them too, but I would hope that travellers find them an insignificant pest compared with the glory of their habitat. Oddly, when filming scenen for Lord of the Rings I don’t recall being bothered by sandflies…