Exploring the rising Swedish High Coast (Höga Kusten)

Water from the Baltic sea at our right, dense green forests make way for open fields of cobble stone covered in pale green lichen. Once covered in a thick layer of ice, the Swedish High Coast is an archipelago, rising from the sea. Signs from the ice age are visible all around. The central starting point of the High Coast Having spent four days exploring the lovely city of Uppsala and its surroundings - learning everything there is to know about Swedish botanist Carl von Linné - we continued our journey north. We were anxious to spend some time alone…

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Mojo climbed the Skuleberget

What’s that? I open my eyes and figure out what woke me up. It’s that new puppy, Venus, gnawing on my ear. I lift my lips, tell her to bug off, turn around and try to go back to sleep again. Kgrr, kgrr, kgrr. Puppy is chewing on one of our buffalo horns. Great, now I’m wide awake. I didn’t hear an alarm yet, so mum and dad must still be asleep, or pretending to be, just like me. Beep, beep, beep. Finally, I see two feet dangling from the bed above me. I see panties being pulled over two…

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Traveling without a toilet: open urination and defecation

Where do you go to use the bathroom? That’s one of the main questions vanlifers get asked whenever they explain that their vehicle is, in fact, their home. Many people were surprised to find out that we actually fitted a toilet under the sofa bed in our campervan. But when we go on long hikes however, the need for a bathroom visit grows every minute. And that’s not just on hikes. What about when our toilet is full and we cannot find a latrine? So this got us thinking; What are the effects of open defecation and urination? How bad…

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Exploring the Swedish untamed old-growth forests

Tiveden, the first national park we’re visiting in Sweden. Yay! After spending a week in Gothenburg, the second largest city of Sweden, it was a relief to set foot in such a large nature area. The park is located in the historical province of Västergötland just in between Sweden’s two largest lakes, Vänern and Vättern. It was established back in 1983 and is approximately 20 km2 in size. Back in the Netherlands, we’re used to small patches of nature. They’re crossed by many paved roads and highways, and you’ll pass quite a few houses when hiking. Especially during weekends, we’d…

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Masters degree, now what…

The last few months have been quite a rollercoaster for us. We have been living in our student apartment together for 5 and a half years now. During this time we always had in mind that we want to take a year off after earning our masters to go travel for a bit and see more of the world. As the years passed, our desire to travel only grew bigger and bigger as we lived in a city environment. When Marijke earned her Master’s degree, I still had one year to go. This of course raised the question: Now what?…

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Hiking in New Forest, UK

One year ago we visited England for the first time. We thought London would be a great place to spend our Christmas holidays, so we booked an appartment for 10 days just outside of the city. We always knew cities weren’t our favourite travel destination, but a few days in London were something we had on our wishlist for a while. Especially during Christmas!     Our first day was spent walking along the Thames for hours, wishing every passerby a merry Christmas. Although we love the calm of hikes in the wilderness, there was just something warming about this…

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