• Netherlands

    A day in Maastricht

    It’s been a little while that I wanted to visit Maastricht, but until then, the distance, and the transport time had prevented me to do it. Indeed, if you look at a map of the Netherlands, you will see that Maastricht is located in the south of the country, almost in an enclave, between Belgium and Germany. Here we are only 30km from Liège, and we hear people speaking French at every corner of the street. But finally, I absolutely do not regret to have waited, because visiting Maastricht for Christmas season is just magic! Christmas in Maastricht                 Maastricht is known for its Christmas market and indeed, if you…

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    10 fun facts about the Netherlands

    Since I live in the Netherlands, I have discovered interesting things about the country, and sometimes surprising or strange habits. I am sure that you will learn at least 2 or 3 things that you did not know with this article, and that you will be able to bring up again on occasion, to shine in society!  1) In the Netherlands, they say that God created the Dutch people, but that the Dutch people created the Netherlands Indeed, more than 25% of Dutch territory is below sea level and almost 50% does not exceed 1 metre. If you are looking for mountains in the Netherlands, you’re wasting your time. The…

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    Sinterklaas in the Netherlands

    In this Christmas season, I have to tell you about a typical Dutch tradition, which is St. Nicholas, Sinterklaas in Dutch (not to be confused with Santa Claus). Indeed, in the Netherlands, St. Nicholas is much more important than Christmas and Dutch people are very attached to it. Explanations, therefore, on the origins of this feast, its folklore and its celebrations. Who’s Sinterklaas? Originally, Saint Nicholas was a bishop born in the present-day Turkey at the end of the second century. Today he is considered the patron of children and schoolchildren (among others). He is portrayed as a nice old man with a long white beard and dressed in red…

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    My 5 favorite bars in Rotterdam

    When I arrived in Rotterdam 3 months ago, I applied in many (MANY) cool restaurants and bars. So I now have a long list of places where we can have good food and drinks that I want to show you! So we start with my, totally subjective top 5, of the best bars in Rotterdam, tested and approved by myself and my friends on various occasions. Stalles Let’s start with my favorite bar, Stalles. It is located in my favorite neighborhood, close to all amenities (other bars, metro, ATM, coffee shops). Here, many regulars, who come to enjoy a beer or a whisky among their wide selection (174 whiskies and 105…

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    Cycling in the Netherlands

    Ah, the Netherlands, its canals, its tulips and… its bikes! With 18 millions of bicycles for 16 millions inhabitants, the Netherlands is the world champion cycling, with more than 27% of the trips made by bike. Here most people have at least two bikes: one for everyday, often old, so it doesn’t get stolen, a race bike for the weekend, and even a third one for guests. With over 35 000 km of cycle paths, spread throughout the country, including in the countryside, the Netherlands are at the forefront of cycling and are beating all the records: the city of Utrecht is home to the world’s largest bicycle garage with…

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    A day in Rotterdam

    When we think about the Netherlands and the places that we could visit, Rotterdam is not really the city that comes to mind, unlike its rival Amsterdam, which is the perfect picturesque image of the Netherlands, with its canals and typical brick buildings. Rotterdam is very different from the other Dutch cities. Here you will not find the charm of the canals or small narrow streets. Indeed, the city was bombed by the German Air Force in 1940. Only a few buildings survived like the city hall or the Laurenskerk. After the war, rather than rebuilding identically, it was decided to build modern buildings, which resulted in all these buildings…

  • Costa Rica,  Travel Book

    The incredible nature of Costa Rica

    Costa Rica was my little dream of Central America, a little corner of paradisefor nature lovers. As the last country before I returned to Europe, I wanted to enjoy it as much as possible, although I was a bit scared by the cost of living in the country (and indeed, prices are almost the same as in Europe). I still spent a month in Costa Rica, and it was a blast. I have visited quite a few places, it is only a small part of what this small country has to offer. So here are my unmissable (totally subjective of course) in Costa Rica. La Fortuna and the Arenal volcano…

  • Nicaragua,  Travel Book

    Nicaragua: trip to the land of volcanoes

    Second step of this trip to Central America, the arrival in Nicaragua is not of any rest: more than 12 hours of bus and crossing of two borders, the journey is just exhausting. Add to this already more than five months of travel, perhaps a bit of weariness (a large dose of tiredness especially), and also the impression that all these colonial cities of Central America start to look alike (sign on a journey that it is necessary, either resting, either completely changing the environment, or maybe it might be time to go home), I might as well say that I did not arrive in the country in the best…

  • Guatemala,  Travel Book

    Trek on the Acatenango volcano

    The city of Antigua is surrounded by several volcanoes, one of them is still active, the Fuego volcano, which is the one we see during the trek, while you climb the Acatenango, which peaks at almost 4000 meters above sea level. It is possible to make a trek of 2 days – 1 night on the volcano with an agency. We went with the agency Soy Acatenango, which is a local agency, that works with local guides, and who gives the money directly to the community living at the bottom of the volcano (at the time, they just finished building a playground for the children of the village, and then…

  • Guatemala,  Travel Book

    My favorite places in Guatemala

    Guatemala was initially not planned on my itinerary, but then, after chatting with other travelers in Mexico who have been there, seeing the number of people asking about this destination on the forums and Social networks, I thought, “why not?”. The image that is commonly conveyed on Guatemala and that – mea culpa – I had, is that of a very poor country, with a large indigenous population (in Guatemala, 40% of the population is of Maya origin) and quite violent and sexist (for example, 560 Feminicides in 2012), and if it is not completely wrong, I discovered a country with an amazing culture and a very welcoming inhabitants. So,…