Santuario de la Naturaleza

After two late nights in a row, and only falling asleep at 6 am in the morning, I still peeled myself out of bed at 9 something, hit the shower and then the metro, to meet up with Hannah and her Colleagues of Beyond English. Beyond English is a social enterprise that provides English lessons […] Read More


Returning to Santiago was a great idea. I really would not have any energy for a new country or city. Here, everything is smooth, even if I stumble. I reactivated my bip!-card for the metro – as If I had known I would come back, I had indadvertedly carried it along for the whole trip. […] Read More

Mi depto

I really like my little place in Santiago, mi depto, as Chileans say, in short for ‘departemento‘… It is a perfect place to stay, and, in comparison to cities like Melbourne or Tel Aviv, outright cheap. It’s not a one-room studio, but an old, but renovated place, meaning I have a living room and kitchen, […] Read More

Stumbling forward

For once, I’m not referring to my travel speed, but actually to stumbling and falling flat on the street. I walked down a street, phone in hand (I think that was the mistake) when I stumbled over an edge along the side walk, maybe an inch high. If at all. I tried to catch my […] Read More

Longest day ever

I boarded Qantas flight QF17 shortly past noon on January 15th 2015, and our 747 took off around 1.30. The flight was relatively smooth, no real turbulence. Thank god, as it was basically 99% over water – the longest commercial flight over water in the world, actually. We flew nearly twelve hours straight, and landed shortly […] Read More

Returning to South America

Time’s up for Australia, and I’ll head out of Sydney to Santiago today. Time flew, I can’t believe it has been 6 weeks in total…. Here are the details of the flight: Flight 43: Sydney to Santiago Date: 18/02/2015 Code: QF17 SYD to SCL Airline: Qantas Plane: Boeing 747 Distance flown: 7491 Miles Duration: 11h57 This flight holds […] Read More

Bellas Artes residence

I finally completed the last missing booking on this crazy trip. I booked my room in Santiago in February. This time, I’ll stay in the beautiful and vibrant Bellas Artes barrio, a place where I have spent a lot of time on the last visit. My old place in Providencia, with the amazing view and […] Read More


On the final night, despite still being a bit sick, I had to see my friends Jimena and Antonio one more time. Antonio proposed to go for a tea, at the Maison Française de Thé Caravanseraï. Caravansary? I’m in. After all, it’s the fitting theme for this year. How could I have missed out on this coincidence at […] Read More

Interesting times

‘May you live in interesting times’  is said to be a Chinese curse, that we all have heard at one point or the other. Seeing the protest that have sprung up in Hong Kong over the organization of somewhat free elections promised for 2017, I came to realize that I have ‘escaped’ a few political […] Read More

Where’s home?

After traveling for over ten months now, I often start to ask myself: where is home? I have visited so many places. Just to recall, I have been to Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Buenos Aires, Montevideo, Santiago, Valparaiso, San Francisco, Melbourne, Hobart, Sydney, Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and all through New Zealand, Tokyo, Osaka, Hiroshima, Zurich, […] Read More


I did it. After months of thinking, pondering, discussing with friends, calculating my budget, and endless discussions with myself, I have sent off my request to Human Resources for the extension of my unpaid leave, and informed my former bosses. I am extending this trip a little, into spring 2015, and should be back to work […] Read More