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You Are The Best, Right Now

By | Learnings | 3 Comments
I heard someone respond to the question “when are you the best version of yourself?” with, “Never”. She explained that you are always growing and developing and thereby aiming for that better, best version. While listening I had a very strong internal reaction… No, I disagree.

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The Distance between Dreams and Reality is called Action

By | Awesome Nepal, Learnings | 2 Comments
Dream – enable and empower through entrepreneurship

Doing something sustainable in Nepal is not as easily said as done. I came here with many good intentions, and now that my time is nearing an end, it is not that my intentions are less, but I have definitely been confronted with some obstacles. But many times I have been reminded here, that things are as they are and you make due with what there is.

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I Choose Adventure

By | Exploring | No Comments
Spending money and time on travel adventures feeds the soul. I see it as mental maintenance, an investment in yourself. And you best do that as much as you can, as young as you can.

12 days ago I arrived in Marpha, without a permit for my restricted area Upper Mustang adventure. My permit was getting luxury treatment and was due to arrive by plane from Kathmandu the next day. I had had to do with a 12 hour bumpy bus ride as all my money was spent on the permit. Walking  from Marpha to Jomsom airport the next morning, I found out that my permit indeed had touched down in Jomsom, but that it also went straight back to Kathmandu on the return flight. Later flights that day were cancelled due to the wind, there was nothing left to do but wait..

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With Every Step

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Every step, every decision in my life has brought me here – a kitchen at 18:32 in Samar, Upper Mustang, Nepal. Waiting, accompanied by a glass of tato (hot) raksi, for mountain goat-head soup. A mutton that I witnessed being dissected at lunch time in Symbochen, a collection of houses separated from Samar by one town and a 4042 meter pass.

I do very little in Upper Mustang besides walking. Taking everything step by step.

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A Shower in the Land of Lo

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Timing is everything when you want to shower in Lo Manthang. And believe me, with all the walking, and sand, and dust that manages to get everywhere, you want to shower. A shower in the morning is impossible as all water-mains (smallish black rubber tubes that run all throughout the mountains across Nepal) are frozen. No running water until at least 9-10 am when the sun has defrosted all tubes, in case of no sun – later. Although the water might be running at this time, it will come out of the tab near frozen, not nice for a shower you so badly want. So you wait..

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Live a Happy Life

By | Awesome Nepal, Inspiration | 2 Comments
I came to Begnas Lake to reflect the intense yoga month. To sit, to think, to relax. Although just 17 kilometers from Pokhara it takes me 3 1/2 hours to get here. Because of the fuel shortage, there are less busses running, and the busses that run are full. Very full. After waiting for 45 minutes for my second bus out of Pokhara (the first one was so full I could hardly breath), I finally get an answer to my question “where can I get the bus to Begnas Tal?”, “Ahh no no, chinaa – no buses to Begnas Tal today”.

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YTT Week 4: Be Fearless

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Yesterday I finished my 4 weeks of yoga teacher training! 200 hours worth of eye-opening classes leaving me physically fitter and mentally more aware. Going into the course I never really considered teaching as a possibility, just self-development. But now, coming out it feels like something worth looking into. Yoga, entrepreneurship and travel – quite an adventurous combination ;)?

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YTT Week 3: Oops, I did it again

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Accepting limits (and respecting red flags) was my lesson this week. I like a challenge, and in that a little pain is often part of this. The pain reminds me that I am learning. But then there is pain and PAIN. Knowing the difference and respecting it, is maturity. I tend not to be so mature in this sense and push myself over the edge. With the result that I am left in a place where I need time to recover and thereby miss out on the process I so desperately want to experience.

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Lessons about donations in Nepal

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If i have to believe the local stories, the number of millionaires that have sprung up in Nepal since the earthquake is staggering, and saddening. Money that has been sent to help has often stayed in circles of people who do not need it, but took advantage of their connections. Whereas people who do need a helping hand where/are literally left in ruins. Conversations I have had here have reinforced my belief and feeling that foreign aid, donations and government are not the way to help the Nepali peoples (and likely other underdeveloped economies).

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YTT Week 2: Mind Management

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I have added numerous words to my vocabulary over the past two weeks; nadi, prana, asana, pranayama, nidra, kaphali bahti, bahstrikha, DSP, yugah, kosha….and many, many more. Yoga Teacher Training has been an truly interesting and eye-opening experience to say the least. What I have come to know, is that my view of yoga was quite incomplete and that after two weeks of 15 hour days, I know that I know nothing and yet already every thing (darshanam).

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YTT Week 1: A Crime to Dream Small

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“It is a crime to dream small”, these are words spoken by one of my teachers the first week of Yoga Teacher Training in Pokhara. It resonates with me as I come to see more and more that I sell myself short by not daring to truly dream, or believe in the possibilities. I am working on it, this whole year has been all about seeing new possibilities and daring to dream, but it is funny that even now, I am careful. I don’t want to create too many ripples. What if it doesn’t work out? What if it is not what I want? What if… what if…. It all comes down to fear. Fear of not knowing, fear of missing out.

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Off to Nepal!

By | General | One Comment

August 2015

I would not have imagined it any other way, me trying to organize as much as I can last minute… ;). I was so inspired by my trip to Nepal last year, that I will be heading there again. I am flying in a few hours and this time staying 11 weeks. A beautiful time for some yoga, lots walking, new ideas and encounters.

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Speed up and Drive

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Passed my motorcycle exam today!

On December 30th last year I flew back to Amsterdam after a wonderful 7 week hiking & exploring visit to Nepal. On December 31st I picked up a travel magazine and read an article about a man who had driven his motorcycle from Amsterdam to Kathmandu. All I could think was; “That’s what I want to do next”. I booked my test drive on January 2nd. When you want something, you have to go for it. No postponing.

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Goulash: music, motorcycles & rakija

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July 2015

There are specific moments when I slow down, and realize how incredibly lucky I am. Arriving in Pula for Goulash Disko was one of them. After a workday, I went straight to the airport and flew to Pula where I hopped in a cab and drove to the small coast town of Stinjan. Within 15 minutes of arriving at the apartment, I was at the dinner table with old friends; Iva, Lina and Paulina enjoying a glass of wine and a home-cooked meal (thanks Lina!). This moment when I looked around the table and see friends who drove across Croatia on their motorcycle (Iva), flew in from Paris (Lina) and Barcelona (Paulina) and we raise a glass as if we were together last week, I feel like all I need is all that I already have.

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