Note: my visit to White Island took place before the deadly eruption in December 2019, which killed 21 people. For obvious reasons the island is no longer open for public visits. I think I booked this excursion only a few days before it took place and I was put on a waiting list. Luckily I … More Dreaming in New Zealand: White Island
New Zealand’s North Island is a fantastic place for anyone looking for vivid contrasts and drastic landscapes. One moment you see lush, fantasy-like green hills and the next you face snow-covered dead-zone volcanoes. It’s like this place was made for everyone to enjoy in their own way. It definitely fits my taste! From lush, green … More Dreaming in New Zealand: Tongariro NP
New Zealand you say, huh? And why dreaming? Everybody has bad days in their lives and when I had mine I wished to escape from reality and go as far away as I could and New Zealand was the furthest place I could think of. Luckily the grim days are not so common now but … More Dreaming in New Zealand: Wellington
I hope nobody thinks that 10h is enough to see Sydney! But when you are limited by stopover hours and you are not too lazy to waste spend this time at the airport, then it’s plenty of time to check a few places in the city. Also the train linking the airport with the city … More Sydney: 10 hours in the city.
Singapore is only a city-state and considering such limited space it’s got a lot to offer for short and long term visitors. Having been to the city three times already I cannot say I am bored of it in any way. Quite contrary, I think the city is absolutely worth exploring and perhaps, if you … More Singapore: a city in a garden.
Borneo is a beautiful and fascinating island that has so much to offer. The amazing (but endangered) ancient forests and animals living on it require our respect but also protection. Unfortunately protection often requires money and this is what is sadly missing on the island. The poverty is widely visible, but hopefully, shrinking. But it … More Borneo: Kota Kinabalu
If you come to Borneo to see wild Orangutans do not be disappointed if you don’t see one. Unfortunately the deforestation that has been taking place in Borneo for many years has resulted in a great reduction of wildlife, including the Island’s famous inhabitant. During my stay I only saw one, far away in the … More Borneo: Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre
The last day on the banks of Kinabatangan River was slightly less intensive. One last river trip and an awesome trek in the jungle were much fun though. The day was hot and humid but the abundance of mosquitoes in the woods forced us to wear long sleeves. The floor was pretty moisturized though and … More Borneo: Kinabatangan River, part 3
There is something magical in waking up to the sound of jungle. It’s not individual voices, it’s a symphony of sounds that work so well together. Plus a fresh, cold morning air wakes you up instantly. This short but very intensive trip has left a desire to explore more. Seeing all the creatures along the … More Borneo: Kinabatangan River, part 2
I should consider myself lucky to be able to have witnessed so much wildlife in Borneo before it’s gone. It’s a lot like the disappearing Great Barrier Reef although our impact is much more direct in Borneo. We just take the land and jungle and convert them into plantations. Fortunately there is a few sanctuaries … More Borneo: Kinabatangan River, part 1