Category: Travel

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All children should spend time in nature

I stopped for a moment during my hike in Tyresta National Park to enjoy the magnificent view of the shadows of the pine trees on the lake. But even more so I enjoyed the absolute silence. At that moment I felt at one with nature. Just outside of the largest Scandinavian City, I wondered why so few were there. Perhaps...

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Did the age of colonialism start on this beach in Lanzarote?

This morning I visited a historical site that once set the stage for the last try-out before real state colonialism started. It was here, on this beach in the South of the Canary Island of Lanzarote, that the Norman conquerors Juan de Bethencourt and Gadifer de la Salle landed in 1402. Close to the shoreline they built a castle and...

Retreat with the 2014 Yale World Fellows in Massachusetts 1

No every day life as a Yale World Fellow

Last week I came back home to my family in The Hague from a semester as a World Fellow at Yale University. I did not yet share anything of that experience on this blog. In early December I was asked to take Instagram photos throughout one day on campus to give an idea of what a day at Yale looks...