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Author: Niels

Being a gentle warrior

Being a gentle warrior

The wickedness of the mind is not without trouble. Seeing your patterns in a constructive way enables to unshackle the tight chains around your ankles and start the smalls steps of realisation, learning, and personal growth. I have often been on this seemingly weird life path. To be open with its curves and twists is essential to your well being. To be a gentle warrior is not only a great visualisation for your mind, but also utterly crucial in discovering…

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Journal entry #341

Journal entry #341

De vermoeidheid zet door in het nietsvermoedende bestaan dat men het leven noemt. Een aaneenschakeling van van slecht slapen, onrustig voelen en gedachten die blijven rond zoomen als een wolk brommende bijen. Toepasselijk voor dit prachtige lenteweer van de afgelopen weken. Het bied enige verlichting in onze quarantine tijd, nu het Coronavirus voorlopig een blijvertje is. Ik weet niet waardoor dit alles zo komt. Ik voel mijn sterke veroordeling om dit alles te voelen. Ik kan het niet goed laten…

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Pictures tell stories – The colourful temple

Pictures tell stories – The colourful temple

Gently I sit on the patch of dry grass on top of the elevated hill. This spot gives a stunning view on the valley in front of me. Fields of corn, okra, wheat and grapes spread as far as the mountains in the back. Small farming villages are dotted around. The sun is setting with al her glory against the incredible mountain background. The red globe is about to crash into the spiky peaks of the hard rock. Her last…

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Caught up in the mind

Caught up in the mind

It feels as the train of thoughts cannot be stopped. You need to do this right now! You catch your mind drifting away to your future problems. You know it’s better to let go but it is too hard. How many times have you caught your mind wondering away, have you been staring to the house across the street? The mind is trained this way. Our relentless educational system shapes it in an intellectual mastermind. An occasional daydream is alright…

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The world is turning upside down

The world is turning upside down

What a strange time we are in. The Corona virus is knocking on our door and every part of society is effected. I can only speak for myself; the way my life has been altered in this time. The Mexico project was about to happen. A new volunteer project together with Michael at the border of the United States. The last two months I have been working towards this project, living up to the moment to leave and get the…

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Pictures tell stories – Desert adventure

Pictures tell stories – Desert adventure

Thousands of photos are stored in my Google Photos account from the past year of travel. I selected the 10 best pictures, with the most interesting stories, to give a good impression of my journey. Sit back and enjoy!! “How do you like the desert sir” the man asks me in broken English as I get off the camel’s back. “Unforgettable…” is the only thing I can reply. He looks at me with a smile. His dark weathered skin is…

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10 pictures, 10 stories

10 pictures, 10 stories

Thousands of photos are stored in my Google Photos account from the past year of travel. I selected the 10 best pictures, with the most interesting stories, to give a good impression of my journey. In this new series ‘Pictures tell Stories’ you can read and watch my travel from the past year. Sit back and enjoy!! The post will be updates with new stories when they are released! 🙂

Pictures tell stories – The dosa maker

Pictures tell stories – The dosa maker

Thousands of photos are stored in my Google Photos account from the past year of travel. I selected the 10 best pictures, with the most interesting stories, to give a good impression of my journey. Sit back and enjoy!! “Look, this is how you do it..” the Sri Lankan chef says while he swiftly makes two flawless circles from the dosa batter. The large grill in front of me radiates an intense heat but somehow feels as my trusted companion….

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Project Mexico

Project Mexico

My dear readers, just as I have set foot on Dutch soil, I will leave it again. This time I make my way to Mexico! The land of the burritos, sombreros, desert cacti and the burning sun. But also home to the relentless drug wars and, maybe even less known, a large refugee problem at the border regions. Thousands of people are escaping the highly unstable Central and South American countries El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala and Venezuela to seek a…

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Pictures tell stories – Small help for a big kitchen

Pictures tell stories – Small help for a big kitchen

Thousands of photos are stored in my Google Photos account from the past year of travel. I selected the 10 best pictures, with the most interesting stories, to give a good impression of my journey. Sit back and enjoy!! “How do you want the pumpkin to be cut?” I try to explain to the old lady next to me. She is dressed in a colorful sari typical for India. Her weathered dark skin reveals her age and connection with the…

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