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I’ve been boring lately

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Summer Sensual Days Rovinj
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At least that’s what some people told me and I have to admit, I think they’re right.

Summer Sensual Days

First of all my liver needed a break after Croatia so that was alcohol out the window.

But then I’ve also been indoors all the time and have hardly spent any time on Facebook letting people know I’m still alive. So yes, boring.

Habitica – gaming against procrastination

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Let me start by admitting something, I’m a procrastinator. If I can postpone things I tend to do it. Then, when that deadline comes creeping up I have no choice but to lose sleep to catch up with work I’m behind on. And it’s not new. I was one of those kids that you saw in school with a book, 5 minutes before a test. Not because I wanted to go over things again but because I still hadn’t covered it all yet. And yes, I know. After all those years you’d think that I’d learn that it probably isn’t the best way to do things. But alas, it seems it’s just ingrained.

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How can I afford to travel?

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Brazil - How can I afford to travel
Brazil

How can I afford to travel?

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Zagreb
Zagreb – Croatia

One of the most asked questions is how can I afford to travel as often as I do. Which always seems funny to me as a lot of the people I know travel way more often than I do. Especially when looking at how much they travel for fun.

Still, when I look at it objectively I have to admit I do travel more than the average person. So how can I afford to travel?

Back in NL… for now.

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As some of you already know, I’m back in NL. For now anyway.

I’m here looking to start a new contract but we still have to iron out some minor details. Like me actually being allowed to work legally here. Or rather, work legally in a way that’s beneficial to everybody.

Smart in NLAs I moved away from the Netherlands it makes no sense for me to pay tax here but given recent changes in the law and the fact that nobody seems to know what they’re talking about anymore (at least nobody at the company that is supposed to know) it’s taking a bit longer than planned.

Photography workshops

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I think most people that somehow end up here are already my friend on Facebook. But just in case…

Some of you have asked (some more recently and some a long time ago now 🙂 ) if I could do photography workshops. And although I sat down a couple of times to make a start, that never happened.

Ljubljana – A beautiful hidden gem

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Ljubljana Dragon
Ljubljana Dragon

Ljubljana, Slovenia

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Ljubljana University
Ljubljana University

Ok, so maybe it’s not really hidden. It is the capital of Slovenia after all. That said, I know many people have never been there so calling it “hidden” is still ok. And yes, it’s a gem. The city center is probably one of the most beautiful city centers in Europe.

Right… Zagreb

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I really want to write more but to be honest, I haven’t really been here. I’ve been to Split (more about that later) and after I came back I pretty much went straight to Sardinia. After that it was on to editing pics and now social obligations (yes, I know… the hard life. Somebody has to do it though 😉 )

So hopefully I’ll have some time to write this week about the things that happened.

For now, have a great weekend !

In Zagreb

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Zagreb

Right… I’ve got a blog. I keep forgetting that (as always) but what the heck, saves me the trouble of starting a new one.

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But yes, another day, another country so I decided to write something again. Ok, not really cause it’s another country. After all, it’s the 12th country this year. Technically I should say it’s Croatia again as I have already been here a couple of times this year. However, this time is different from the other times I have been here. This time it’s not a quick work trip. It’s also not a 2 week vacation on the coast nor is it a quick trip to visit friends. This time I’m staying here for a couple of months. I want to see if the city “works for me” and see if I can get used to living here permanently. Or at least for a couple of years.

Public transportation

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Twingo Crash

Ok, so this will probably be a somewhat whiney post.

Twingo Crasha couple of months ago I crashed my car. I was fine (aside from a couple of superficial scratches) but my car was not quite as fine. As you can see from the pictures it’s become quite unusable ;). So what happened? I was on the motorway when I was coming up on a truck. I let go of the gas and … nothing. The car didn’t slow down at all. So I tried using the breaks and again, nothing. There was a car overtaking me in the left lane so switching lanes wasn’t an option either.

By now I was rapidly closing in on the truck and the car on my left had finally overtaken me. I say finally but it can’t have taken more than a few seconds. But as now there was space to go to the left I tried that. Alas, it was a good effort but came too late . I clipped the truck’s bumper, the car turned 90 degrees and rolled over. 3 rolls (or rather bounces) later I came to a stop. Luckily there was not other traffic coming in my lane so it all ended well.

So what the heck had happened? Well, we’re not exactly sure. The police officer suspects that it was the relatively thin aftermarket floor mat. Apparently they have a tendency to crumple up and wedge themselves beneath the pedals. The officer suspected that’s what happened (so check your floor mats). I won’t complain about that though as I got out of the car ok and that’s the main thing

That said though, after that I was stuck trying to get around by public transport.  Now I have to admit, public transport in the Netherlands, and especially in the Randstad is pretty good. Especially during the day. You can get anywhere and sometimes even faster than by car.

Unfortunately though, that doesn’t help me at all as I need to get around at night. Still it’s doable in the Randstad but then, although I technically still live in the Randstad, the area where I live happens to be  just outside of the area that is well connected by public transport.

So what does that mean? Well, let me give an example… If I have to go to Arnhem it takes me about 3.5 hours to get there (during daytime). Sure, that’s twice as long as by car but at least it’s doable. That said, it gets interesting when I want to come back. I finish photographing a salsa party between 3am and 4am and will be at the train station between 4am and 5am.  And that’s where the waiting starts.. the first train that I can take doesn’t run until 7:30am. So getting back home takes me between 6 and 7 hours! Altogether that’s 9.5 to 10.5 hours for a couple of hours in Arnhem…

And they can’t figure out why more people don’t use public transportation… Geez… I wonder….

Salsa Photography? Why?

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Salsa Party

Why I photograph Salsa Events.

Salsa photographyWait… Salsa events? Do you mean this has nothing to do with food???

No, it doesn’t. When I say Salsa photography I’m talking about taking pictures of the dance. Social dancing, shows, workshops (again, not food related 😉 ), etc. And yes, I understand that this will be a big disappointment to some of you. After all, who doesn’t love salsa (the food)!

I know. Some of you are heartbroken right now. Don’t worry though, given my paleo trend  there will be food posts at some time in the future. For now though you can dance those blues away. And who knows, if you chose salsa to do that,  I might just be there to take your picture 😉

So why do I do salsa photography? Well, I’ve already written about that here so feel free to check that out. I won’t repeat all that I said there (or it would be easier to just copy the article) but I did want to touch on it as I know not everybody reads my other blog.

Salsa PartyThe main reason I do so much salsa photography is because it gives me the chance to combine 2 things that are important to me; my passion for my work (photography) and my love for salsa (the dance and the music).

That’s it. Really, that’s what it all boils down to. I get to have even more fun doing what I love to do anyway. Now tell me that’s not a great way to spend your weekend. But there is even more. I often get to add a 3rd thing that I love…. travel!

I get to shoot events all over Europe. The Netherlands, Germany, Latvia, Poland and Estonia are some of the countries that were on last year’s list. This year I probably won’t be going to Latvia but instead I get to add the UK and France to the list so I still get to go all over Europe.

Salsa Brisa Echt PhotographerAnd as if that’s not enough there is another bonus. Every time I photograph a salsa event I get to hang out with friends again. Some of them I might have seen the week before but others I might not have seen for months or even longer.

So I get to travel to have fun doing what I love to do while hanging out with friends. That’s why I do so much salsa photography and let’s face it, I can’t really ask for much more than that.

So all that’s left for me to say is… Enjoy your weekend and don’t forget to dance! Hope to see you again soon!

Ps, to read about some of the parties I’ve been at lately check the blog on my other site

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