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Leaving and Returning

September 13, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

Why is it that a road has so much poetic attraction? Is it the geometry of lines that meet in the middle? Or is it the idea of movement: "Leaving and Returning"? 

I've always been drawn to roads and that is why (probably) it didn't come as a surprise when I was flicking through the pictures of my trip that I had taken a lot of road pictures! 

So without further ado! .. From "snake"-like roads in Lesotho to desert paths in Sandwich bay! A short take on the multiple different roads of Southern Africa! Asphalt-lovers unite! 

 

 


Sossusvlei

September 07, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

I just noticed that the Uganda post got over 6000 readings .. I truly have to hit myself in the face for being so lazy towards Photography in the past years. I'm not going to look for excuses and do exactly what I've always enjoyed the most! Photography! 

Next up on my trip through Namibia was Sossusvlei. Only the drive from Fishriver Canyon to Sossusvlei is already worth it (a road themed blog post is coming up) and that is something recurring in Namibia: As a European you are used to seeing human activity every second of your A to B commute, not in Namibia! Everything is absolutely vast and unspoiled for miles and miles ..

So after a night sleeping in the car at the entrance of the park and waking up at 5 in the morning ... We were treated to the following! 

Enjoy!

 


Kolmanskop

August 31, 2016  •  2 Comments

After almost 2 months of travelling through South-Africa and Namibia, I can finally present the first set of pictures!

Close to Lüderitz, in the south of Namibia, lies a very interesting place (to say the least) called Kolmanskop. I had it secretly on my Photography bucket list for quite some years. In short it was a diamant mining village until roughly the 60' when it was abandoned. Since then the desert has taken over which has transformed the place into a paradise for any photographer!

It is difficult to choose a favourite .. which one is yours?     


Nepal (Part II)

August 31, 2016  •  Leave a Comment


India (Part I)

August 31, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

A couple of days ago I realised that I haven't written anything about the trip to India and Nepal (almost 2 years ago) and more importantly never shown the pictures.. 

So in sight of my awful forgetfulness, I present you "part I: India"! (to be more exact, the area we've visited was the area around New Delhi and Rajasthan). Enjoy! 


Uganda "The Pearl of Africa"

September 23, 2014  •  1 Comment

In May 2014, out of the blue, a holiday offer popped up on my Facebook. <1000 EUR> to go to Uganda, all included!! Without much thinking I subscribed. At that time, the only knowledge I had about Uganda was that it situated itself somewhere in the middle of Africa (and that there were Gorillas). Extended knowledge, don’t you think?  

Then the people started to mention Ebola, terrorism (Al-Shabab) and other strange African voodoo things that would surely mean the end of little ol’ me.. But stubborn as I am (and the fact that I already paid), made no difference to my plans.  I was going to Uganda!

So long story short, It was a very memorable holiday! In May I would have never thought that the time spend in Uganda would have such a profound effect on me. I hope the pictures speak for themselves. Uganda is an amazing country!!   

If I can just mention a couple of highlights from the trip:

  1. Spotting numerous animals; Elephants, Zebras, Lions, Buffalos, Giraffes, Hippos, Crocodiles, Leopards, Antelopes with our wonderful drivers (Musa and Beka)
  2. Waking up to the sound of a wild Hippo grazing in front of the tent (don’t make sudden movements and don’t try to hug it either)
  3. Standing  1 meter from a living and breathing mountain gorilla after trekking 3 hours through the thick jungle (you would be surprised at the amount of farts, a gorilla is capable of making in less than an hour)
  4. Looking over Mburo National Park from Eagle Lodge Mountain top with a cold Nile Special
  5. Listening to the Welcome song of the Pygmee children from Bwindi   
  6. Playing soccer with the school kids from Kisoro at the foot of Mount Muhabura  
  7. Being slightly drunk after the Nile boat trip that took us to Murchison Falls
  8. Eating the tastiest fruits I’ve ever eaten (bananas and pineapples) - by the way, in Dutch we call them “Ananas” which is the same word in Luganda! Mindblow!  
  9. Rafting the Nile (8 rapids – all category 5) and miserably failing at a back flip (we’ve also had a very interesting intro to the wonderful world of nipple sucking alcoholic shots -  no plans whatsoever to give it a try)

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