Thursday, 14 December 2017

Travel Blog Update: Traveling, Writing and Scuba Diving in Between!

Past, Present, Future: Travelling, Writing and Diving!


My previous travel blog continues..


Instead of just putting informative travel posts, I would also like to go on with my travel blog! In the past I used to keep a diary on a Dutch website called ´waarbenjij.nu´ I started this blog when I first left the Netherlands and went to Gran Canaria to do my Divemaster traineeship in 2006. I continued blogging here during my time working in the Dominican Republic, Mexico and on the Maldives. I also wrote about my travels to Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, Sri Lanka en Bali. However, at some point in New Zealand I stopped blogging. Unfortunately, Australia and the Philippines never made it to that blog, but you can read my completely story soon in the book I´m recently writing called ´Safety Stop´ and I´m planning to write an article about my great dive- and island hopping experiences on the Philippines in 2012.

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Diving Holiday in Hat Nai Yang, Phuket Island, Thailand

How I ended up in Hat Nai Yang, Thalang District on Phuket, Thailand


Exactly at the moment that I decided to escape the winter in Europe this year and go back diving again, I got a message from somebody telling me that he had opened his own dive center in Phuket, Thailand. We were both dive instructors in the Dominican Republic in 2008 and after that I accidently met him again on Malapascua Island, Philippines in 2012. That´s when we exchanged Facebooks and we kept in touch thereafter. At the moment he invited me to come over and dive with him, my plan was made! I booked a flight to Phuket and Manfred picked me up at the airport, showed me Hat Nai Yang, located in the North of Phuket Island, before dropping me off at the room I had booked for a month.

Saturday, 18 November 2017

Enjoy your evening in Corralejo - Food & Drinks

Restaurants, Night Life and Evening Entertainment in Corralejo


After your active day in Corralejo, no matter if you have tried one of the 10 things to do in Corralejo (Click to open in a new window) or if you have been surfing, you will be hungry. The good news is that there are plenty of nice places to eat in Corralejo, whether you´re looking for typical Canary food, fresh fish, Spanish dinner, international meals or if you like to choose something from the big Italian influence in town, you won´t be disappointed.

Monday, 6 November 2017

Scuba Diving around Gran Canaria

Diving ´El Cabron´ in Arinaga, Gran Canaria


Scuba diving is probably not the first thing you think off when considering activities to do in ArguineguĂ­n. You might be surprised that Gran Canaria offers spectacular diving with lots of variety. Ellis takes you on an underwater tour exploring the marine reserve ´El Cabron´, in Arinaga. 

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Tweet without a cell phone: the whistle language of La Gomera

El Silbo - the secret language of La Gomera


Are you using Twitter? Then you must be interested in tweeting the original way. Travel back in time with me to see if I manage to connect with locals in the next village using ´El Silbo`, the whistling language used for long distance communication on La Gomera . The language is listed as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO. 

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

10 myths about Ayurveda

The ´Ayurveda facts´ you´ve heard: Are they really true?


Experience with Ayurveda

Picture of a girl with books

I have been studying Ayurveda with the European Institute of Vedic Studies, and completed the Ayurvedic Practitioners Program (Part one). I became certified as an ´Ayurvedic Nutrition & Lifestyle  Practitioner´ in 2015. Although I´m not working as a practitioner now, I feel compelled to share the knowledge gained during my study and my experience by putting the information into practise in my own life.

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Corralejo, Fuerteventura, Canary Islands - 10 things to do besides surfing

Corralejo on the Canary Islands has much more to offer than ´just surfing´ 

Surf & Board Vibes in Corralejo


The ancient fishing village of Corralejo, on the Canary Island of Fuerteventura, has turned into a surfers paradise over the last decade. It has grown into a medium size tourist destination but it hasn´t lost its charm. You might fall in love with this place as a non-surfer, or you could be a surfer wondering what to do on a ´day off´ from surfing. Surfer or not, either way you will enjoy the ´board vibes´. It´s one of these places where you might see a waiter in uniform on a skateboard, simply because that´s his way of transport around town or to his job. Being in Corralejo reminds me a lot of my time living in Byron Bay, Australia, with many surfers and more conscious people in regards to keeping the oceans clean. 

Friday, 17 March 2017

A special place in my heart: the real Canary Islands

´The Other Side´ of the Canary Islands



Picture of people enjoying nature at Canary Islands
Beautiful nature in the mountain landscape

People, in particular from Europe, sometimes ask me why I still go back to the Canary Islands after I have been living in so many other places around the world. Most of the people outside Europe I know haven´t even heard about these islands or only know about Tenerife, the biggest island. Many of my friends in the Netherlands don´t think this is an attractive place to travel to and wonder what I like so much about it. The general idea about these islands as a holiday destination might be associated either with families and package holidays, retired people playing golf or the overloaded bulk places full of younger people getting drunk every night and eating ´all you can eat´- Chinese. And if you´re looking for this kind of vacation, you will certainly find what you´re looking for in the touristic places at the bigger islands. However, this is not the type of travelling I like to write about and there´s other things to explore on these islands.