Hi! I am Marianne! A Dutch yoga teacher that lives on Mallorca (Spain) and I have lived in Mozambique and South Africa as well. I am looking forward to telling you more about my experiences of living abroad in Europe as well as in Africa!

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Hi! I’m Marianne and I love practicing and teaching yoga!

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About me

Hello I am Marianne and I love practising and teaching yoga! 

I am originally from the Netherlands and I knew from a young age that I wanted to move abroad.

So far, I have lived in Brussels, Madrid, Artá on Mallorca (Spain), Tofo and Vilankulos in Mozambique and Cape Town in South Africa. At the moment I live on Mallorca and work from home as a freelance yoga coach and content creator.

I have 3 jobs: yoga teacher, coaching and content creator. This allows me to be my own boss, work from home and focus on things I like, such as yoga, hiking and being outdoors.

Right now, I am busy creating all kinds of e-learning material, which help people with their personal development and growth. They can take the e-courses at their own pace and at a time that suits them best.

People can also hire me to write content for their website and I also work as a part-time yoga teacher. I have been living on Mallorca for 2 years now, 8 km north of the nearest village.

My husband works as a carpenter and can do all kinds of constructional jobs on boats, but also in and around people’s homes. This allows us both to be very flexible with our time and we are living our best life in Spain. We do have to go back to the Netherlands every now and then to earn some extra money or to visit family and friends, but most of our time we are on Mallorca.

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Hugo (my partner) and I being happy in Mallorca.

My travels in Africa

In 2014 I went to Mozambique for the first time and I taught yoga for 3 months at Turtle Cove Lodge iTofo for 3 months. I taught 6 classes per week; in return I could live in one of their houses. It was amazing there and I fell in love with the African way of life. 

After that we drove from Nelspruit in South-Africa all the way to Cape Town (South Africa). We travelled and stayed in South-Africa for an additional 3 months and in 2018 we decided to go back to Africa, after we had been back in the Netherlands for almost 3 years. 

In 2018 we stayed in VilankulosMozambique for another 4 months. Here I worked at Bahia Mar Boutique hotel, which was another great experience. 

Even though, I have not lived in both countries for years, I still had a taste of what it’s like to live in Mozambique and South Africa.
After those months in Mozambique, I wanted to go to a more ‘developed’ country to do some shopping, go for lunches and take courses again. You can also do this in Maputo, the capital city of Mozambique, but I don’t see myself living there and prefer Cape Town in South-Africa.

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Beautiful Cape Town

If I could choose, I would love to live in Cape Town for a longer period of time. It feels like Europe in Africa for me. There’s so much to do and the nature is overwhelming. In Cape Town I could, for example, work in the mornings and in the afternoons go hiking on the slopes of Table Mountain or climb Lions head.

I have already been to Cape Town 6 times, because I love it so much. After graduation, I also travelled from Kenya to Cape Town by only using public transport. It took me 3 months. That was an amazing adventure, but I need to write another article about everything I experienced back then.

It’s then when my love for Africa started and when I knew I had to go back one day. If you ever want to travel from South-Africa to Tofo and Barra in Mozambique I definitely recommend travelling with Zelma who runs Tours2Moz. She’s really kind, experienced and superfast!

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''Africa in Europe'' (Mallorca)



Why we chose Mallorca

Mallorca attracts us very much as it resembles Africa for me. I have always wanted to live in Cape Town long term, but what holds me back still is that it’s too far from my family in The Netherlands. The first time Hugo and I visited Mallorca, it felt like we were in Cape Town, it’s like Africa in Europe to us.

Mallorca has everything we like; countryside, hills, mountains, small villages and a beautiful capital city and on top of that the sea is always near us. The island feels like it’s ‘ours’, because there are so many possibilities, but the only thing that is missing for us are the elephants and giraffes 😉

Nature is everywhere in Mallorca

Salary differences

Mallorca & The Netherlands

On Mallorca the local pay check is between 800-1200 euros per month. This is for working 6 days a week. The rent varies a lot and we ourselves pay 450 Euros per month, but I have no clue what the locals pay. There are poor people as well on Mallorca, but I have not seen much of the poverty yet.

I have noticed and heard that even when you live on Mallorca for 40 years, it could be that they still approach you as ‘the foreigner’.  I sometimes have the idea that they charge different prices for us expats. I find it a bit disappointing as I have been here almost 2 years already and I want to be treated the same as the locals, but I understand that people have to make money and that they think we have more to spend, even when that’s not the case.

The Netherlands

The same for in the Netherlands. There are people there as well who have less to spend, but my impression is that most people live a luxurious life and are not always aware of it. 
Some friends of ours easily earn around 3000 > Euros per month in The Netherlands and are able to save money and still they feel they should be earning more.
Of course, the cost of living is also higher. What I have learned from people in Mozambique is that they feel rich when they have family and friends to be with. I like that thought.

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Mozambique

In Mozambique the differences between poor and rich are really big. Some families I know earn 30 – 100 euros per month for working 8-hour days at least 6 days a week. I also know a family in Tofo that was spending a month of salary per night on dinner in town. More than what they were paying various of their staff for a month of work.

I also know one person who earns 150 euros per month. With that money he has to take care of his family, their school fees, food and more so the salary I would say is far from sufficient.

In Mozambique rent for expats cost around 240 euros per month, which is cheap for Dutch standard, but expensive for Mozambicans. The differences are simply big. Locals go to the market to get a meal of rice or fish and meat, simple and basic for 50 Mets (Meticas). While expats have pizza in town for 400 Mets. per pizza, so they live in two different worlds so to speak.

South Africa

You can compare Cape Town to a European city, but your living standards depend. The center might be expensive to live, but people that live in the Cape Flats (townships) do not have much money to spend. You could say they are more in a survival mode.

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Mozambique

Differences in punctuality

A big difference between the Netherlands, Spain and Africa is punctuality. Dutch and German people are very punctual (there are many German people that live on Mallorca) and when you want to live here, you might have to let go of wanting things to happen on time.

On Mallorca (Spain) things always change last-minute and it sometimes takes me about a month before I finally get to meet with someone that I had an appointment with.  

An example; If you are invited to lunch on Saturdays, the food will still need to be cooked. In The Netherlands it might already be on the table when you arrive at the agreed time.

In Mallorca you first sit down, have a drink and after 3 hours or so you might start cooking. As a Dutch person, I learned to ask what I should bring with me, since depending on what time you meet, you bring either wine of something sweet. I ask as well whether we can also arrive a bit later and who else is going to be there.

In Mozambique when you are invited for lunch, it’s also very different from how it goes in The Netherlands. One time we were invited over at 6 PM, but when we arrived our hosts weren’t home yet.

We didn’t mind as we were fine looking at the Indian ocean. They arrived at 7 PM with fresh fish from the market and then we started to prepare dinner. We didn’t eat before 10 PM.

In Mozambique you don’t need to make appointments to meet people. One guy told me that whenever he finishes work, he could reach his home in 15 minutes, but everyone in his village is his friend, so he has to catch up with everyone, which means it will take him 45 minutes or more to reach his home. 

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Boulders Beach in Cape Town

Do I need to speak the local language?

Mozambique
There are so many languages in Africa, Portuguese is the main language being widely spoken in Mozambique, but every region has its own dialect. We lived in Tofo, which is a very touristic area so people also speak English there.

In most of the cases we were able to communicate in English, but we always had a Portuguese dictionary with us. Next to that, we could also often use French and we used our hands and feet to talk and used Google Translate. You simply need to be a bit creative. 

South Africa 
In South Africa they follow Afrikaans and English at school and almost everyone speaks English. This is one reason for me for wanting to go back. I have been to Cape Town several times and I could easily say I am a Capetonian, as I would fit in much easier and get around to express myself more as I can here in Spain. Even though I would wish to take some English classes to keep improving my language. 

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Mozambique
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My husband in Mozambique
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Beeautiful views in South Africa

The Netherlands
The Netherlands is very easy to live in, as most people speak English, some even speak German, so you don’t have to worry about that. 

Mallorca
Lastly, I use Google Translate a lot in Spain, because not so many people speak English here. There are many German people who live on Mallorca. They even have their own German newspapers and radio channels. People often speak in German to me, when they hear I speak Dutch to my husband. I do answer them in Spanish, because we are in Spain 😉!
Only the young generation knows English, but they often seem a bit shy to talk. If you know French then you can also make yourself understood from time to time.

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Mozambique - Anastasia house – Turtle Cove Lodge where I used to work

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Safety in Spain and Africa

I have felt safe everywhere I stayed, even in Cape Town, while it’s not known as the safest city.

I believe that when you use common sense and know which streets not to go and on what hours not to go out, you will be safe. The only time I did not feel safe, is when my friend came over and wore expensive jewellery and she got followed in the park by a small boy who wanted to have it.

We also heard many ’bad’ stories about Vilankulos (the place we stayed) in Mozambique and of course you always have to be aware of your safety and use your common sense, but the community was very supportive and we have always felt safe. 

Mallorca is also totally safe, no one locks their bikes here as far as I know and last summer we left our door open all day and night.
I can advise you to ask locals what not to do, at which hours you should grab a taxi, what you shouldn’t wear. Like: Don’t wear a bikini when you go shopping or to a café. Tourists do this here on Mallorca. That is one thing that is simply not appropriate and you can get fined for this too. A bikini outfit belongs on the beach according to me and many more people on Mallorca.😉

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Normal situation in Mozambique

Favorite spots in all 3 countries

Mozambique

Let’s start with Mozambique. The most beautiful thing I have seen there were the whales. You can see them between July and September. They come really close to the shore to play. We once saw them only 2 metres away from us. It’s an incredible experience! 

There are also whale sharks, turtles, dolphins and manta rays for example. You can book an ocean safari to go and see them; I recommend doing that, but don’t touch the animals.
Furthermore, Tofo and Vilankulos, where I stayed, are very accessible to people who are new to Africa. 

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South Africa

In South-Africa I would first of all recommend Cape Town; I travelled alongside the South-African coast, but Cape Town has stolen my heart. It feels familiar and feels more European than other parts in Africa and it’s a perfect combination of city + nature.

Next to that I have to recommend Nature’s Valley; you can go to the beach, go hiking and there is a very famous hike alongside the coast which you have to sign up for months in advance. 

Lastly, I would also say Buffalo Beach and Coffee Bay. Buffalo Beach is fairly close to Cape Town and Coffee Bay is closer to Durban and Mozambique. 

If you love surfing, you have to go to Cape Town, Jeffrey’s Bay or Durban, it’s heaven for surf lovers. On some beaches in Africa, it feels strange to go sunbathing. Sometimes these beaches are mainly used to get from A to B. Depends on where you are of course. In my opinion it’s a very luxurious activity to do and in some parts of Southern Africa it felt very awkward for me to do.

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Cape Town

Mallorca

I have not seen everything on Mallorca yet, but I like the North-side the most. There you have two big mountain ranges, but also many beaches. In the North-East you can find the Llevant Area (mountains) that is said to be like the highlights of Scotland.

Mallorca is also famous for the West side of the island, where you can go hiking and cycling in the Tramuntana mountains. Nature is never far away on Mallorca, which makes it an amazing place. 

P.S. Here you can read many more blogs about amazing places in Spain.

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Mallorca

Future plans

For now, I hope to stay on Mallorca for the next 4 to 5 years. I would love to eventually live in Cape Town and some months of the year in Mozambique.
For now, our biggest goal is to have an income by working online and to live + work wherever we want. Luckily, we are on our way to reach that goal fully.  

I hope you liked reading about all the differences in the countries I have lived in and perhaps I have convinced you to move abroad as well. If you have any questions, please send me a message on one of my social media platforms! 

XO Marianne

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Money is often the reason why people don´t travel and I feel that´s such a pity! So if you want some tips how I try to travel as cheap as I can, scroll down. There are two keywords to travel cheap: flexibility and research. After reading everything below you will understand what I am talking about. What to expect in this article Plane tickets Errorfares Research, research, research Housing Airports Transport Students Social-media Water Work abroad Free things to do Plane tickets Compare websites for plane tickets! Use Skyscanner or Kayak to compare plane tickets. Next to that, also look

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10 (weird) facts about me

10 (weird) facts about me

Everyone is a little crazy, as am I A little bit akward and shy and crazy about this one guy Okay enough rhyming for today Here it goes, yay! Rhyming isn´t my best talent, sorrySo I will shut up now, don´t worry Everyone has some weird things, but that is what makes us all unique. So don´t be scared to tell, but embrace your weirdness! It makes you you!  After I share my weird (& some ´nomal´) things, I hope you feel brave enough to also share the weird things you go through.  I hate feet, I can´t stand them.

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Sevilla: 3 days itinerary

You are planning to go to Sevilla, yay! I promise you that you won´t be disappointed, because I believe that Sevilla is one of the most beautiful cities of Spain! In this post I will give tips on what to visit in 3 days. With all the monuments is is not possible to visit all just in 1 day. Sevilla is buzzling, but not as overwhelming as Barcelona.  A tip from me: Don´t go to Sevilla in July/August, unless you love temperatures of more than 40 degrees Celsius.  If you are visiting Sevilla on a Monday, do read my blog

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Cancelled trips due to Corona virus

Social distancing due to the Corona virus, I don’t think anyone had that in mind with 2020 coming. But that is the situation we are in right now. As I love travelling, I had booked a few trips for the new year, for when I would return from living in Sevilla. At the end of January it became more and more clear that something was happening in this world. I was following every step on the way.  Taiwan End last year (2019) I booked my flight to Taiwan, which I was very happy about! I would visit a friend that

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What’s it like to live & work in The Netherlands as a Spaniard?

Hi! I am Marta Rubio, a 36 year old Spanish girl living in The Netherlands, since 14 years. Find me on social media: Facebook Twitter WordPress Youtube WordPress Instagram What to expect in this article Why I moved to the Netherlands What do I do for a living? Living in the Netherlands Working in the Netherlands The Dutch culture Advantages of living in the Netherlands Disavantages of living in the Netherlands Tips for people who want to do the same Favorite destinations in the Netherlands Why I moved to the Netherlands For the past 14 years, I’ve been living in

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Top 14 best Instagram spots of Sevilla (Spain) – 2022

I have lived one year in Sevilla and it for sure is one of my favorite places in Europe! I have spent so much time in Sevilla discovering new spots… Next to that, I also used to be a (bicycle) tour guide and loved to understand more of the history, this made me fall in love with Sevilla even more! Sevilla is getting more and more popular by the year, which I have noticed by the number of tourists during my tours. In the summer months, I had 15+ tourists cycling with me through the city, twice a day and there

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Barcelona food guide

Food Guide Barcelona

Do you want to have the best tips about Barcelona? Are you planning to visit Barcelona soon and do you want to have all the best tips for good food places? I lived 9 months in this amazing city and tried out many restaurants. So download this food guide, with 13 pages of many delicious restaurants. I tried them all myself! (p.s. make sure you tag me once you have used the guide!?) You might find this interesting as well Please leave this field empty Fill in your email address and receive my Barcelona Food Guide for FREE! Email Address

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What to wear at the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi (2) UAE

What to wear at the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi?

Are you planning to visit the grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi? Lucky you! It is one of the most stunning places I have visited and I am sure it will impress you as well. I can imagine you are wondering what to wear at this Mosque, so here is my answer What to expect in this article Background of the Mosque What to wear during your trip to the Mosque? How to reach the Mosque? Information Background of the Mosque The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is a mosque in Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates) and one the largest mosques in

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4 Incredible places to visit near Pondicherry Chidambaram

4 Incredible places to visit near Pondicherry

Are you planning to visit Pondicherry? This French town with its yellow walls has stolen my heart and so will yours. What if you want to go further than Pondicherry for a day? Then these 4 places should definitely be on your list! What to expect in this article Chidambaram Temple Auroville Mahabalipuram Pichavaram Mangrove Forest Chidambaram temple The Temple of Chidambaram is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. Did you know that the Temple’s architecture represents the link between arts and spirituality and it was constructed during the 10th Century? It has five main Halls, named the Kanaka

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Angkor Wat (Cambodia) Costs and 7 amazing temples you can’t miss! sunrise 3

Angkor Wat (Cambodia): Costs and 7 amazing temples you can’t miss!

If you ever get the chance to visit Angkor Wat, please do! It’s one of the most amazing sites I have been to❤️ In my “Ultimate travel book”, with Lonelyplanet ‘list of the 500 best places to see… ranked’, Angkor Wat was number 1. So I had to see it with my own eyes, and it definitely did not disappoint. What to expect in this article Background of the Angkor (Wat) Costs Tuktuk tips 1. Sunrise at Angkor Wat 2. Tonle Om Gate 3. Bayon temple 4. Neak Pean temple 5. Ta Phromh temple 6. Banteay Srei temple 7. Phnomh

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internal turmoil

Internal turmoil: Life, travel and work

This time I am sharing a bit more of a personal blog, about a topic we all find interesting: life. Better said, what to do in life to make yourself happy. For me, and maybe many of you, travelling is a great passion. This could be a good thing, but might also be a burden. Let me take you with me to my thoughts. To travel! Or no, save money and have fun with family. Ooh living in Spain, or Portugal?! Or no, in the Netherlands for a better salary. And work as a pedagogue, or try it as a

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Culture shock: Moving from Thailand to Netherlands as a teenager

Hi, I am Kesini! I am 23 years old, and I am originally from Thailand. I moved to the Netherlands when I was 10 years old. I would love to share my experiences about moving abroad as a teenager. Find me on social media: Instagram Instagram Hi! I am Kesini! What to expect in this article Why I moved to the Netherlands Thailand and the Netherlands? Do I feel more Thai or Dutch? Biggest culture shock while moving to the Netherlands Food differences What is it like to study as a teenager in Thailand What is it like to study

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Bicycle tour in buzzing Bangkok with Co van Kessel

Ever thought about cycling in crowded Bangkok (Thailand)? No, me neither, but it is actually super fun to do! In this article I will tell you everything about my experience of cycling in Bangkok. What to expect in this article Cycling in Bangkok Chinatown Temple: Wat Kalaya Snack break Boat ride View as a former bicycle guide Information about the bicycle tour Other bicycle tours at Co van Kessel Contact Co van Kessel Cycling in Bangkok Did you ever think about cycling in Bangkok? Neither did I. When I was a bicycle tour guide in Sevilla, I often had my Dutch tourists

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Jordan faq

FAQ about Jordan: Transport, tours, costs, taxis and safety.

Lately I have been receiving a lot of questions about Jordan. Beautiful Jordan… it really is a country you have to visit once in your life. I have been receiving many questions about public transport, but also about Wadi Rum. So here are all your questions answered. What to expect in this article How to get from Amman to the Wadi Rum desert and back? How much does the Jett Bus cost? How do I reach other places like Jerash? ​ Do you have tips for hiring a taxi? Do you already have the Jordan Pass? Warning: Don’t book at

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9 cool cafés in Pondicherry for food lovers (India)

Pondicherry is a mix of Indian Tamil and French influences; You can see this resonate in the food. Street food or going to a cafeteria is both delicious (if you can handle street food). In this article, I will tell you about my favourite cafés in Pondy, as I have been here for more than a month now! What to expect in this article 1. Café des Arts 2. The Indian Kaffe Express 3. Bakerstreet 4. Bread & Chocolate 5. Café Olé 6. Eniteo 7. Coromandel Cafe 8. Dumont Creamery 9. Hope Cafe Extra 1. Café des Arts One of

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Hoe vraag ik een visum aan voor India Alles over reizen naar India.

Hoe vraag ik een visum aan voor India? Alles over reizen naar India.

Hallo, vanakam, hello vanuit Pondicherry, India! Dus jij bent van plan om naar India te reizen? Wat gaaf! Ik zeg zeker doen. Ik ben hier nu 2 volle weken en geniet met volle teugen van alles wat ik te zien krijg en hoe de aankomende 1.5 maand gaat zijn. Maar laten we eerst beginnen met het begin, een visum naar India! Dit artikel is geplaatst in juni 2022, het zou kunnen dat de aanvraag veranderd, dus check altijd het laatste nieuws via meerdere websites! Visumbuitenland is vaak betrouwbaar met het laatste nieuws.  De eerste stap om een visum naar India

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A must-do Bicycle tour in Pondicherry (India)

A must-do: Bicycle tour in Pondicherry (India)

Ever thought about cycling in India? No, me neither, but it is actually super fun to do! In this article I will tell you everything about my experience of cycling in Pondicherry. What to expect in this article Cycling in Pondicherry The Sacred Heart Basilica of Pondicherry Arabic quarter of Pondicherry White Town of Pondicherry Goubert Market in Pondicherry Fisherman Village of Pondicherry View as a former tour guide Information about the bicycle tour Other activities at Sita Cultural Center I recommend you… Contact Sita Cultural Center Cycling in Pondicherry Like I said, did you ever think about cycling in India?

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Sun, sea, beach and Hurricanes What is it like to live and work in Florida USA

Living and working in Florida: Sun, sea, beach and hurricanes?

Hi, I am Daphne! I am 25 years old, live in the Netherlands and I worked in Florida for a bit longer than a year. I also lived in Sevilla, Spain, where I met Seyamaila. But in this article, I want to discuss my time in Florida I loved my time there and would love to share my experience and convince you to go there as well! Hi I am Daphne! Find me on social media: Instagram What to expect in this article My life in Fort Lauderdale (Florida) About Florida Why I choose Florida Making friends in Florida American

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Prettiest places in Drenthe (North of the Netherlands) Nije Hemelriek

7 nice places in Drenthe (The Netherlands)

How is it possible I have never written anything about Drenthe, the place I live! During Corona I started to explore more in Drenthe and started to realize there are actually very nice places in this northern province. That is the reason this article will be about 7 of the nicest spots in Drenthe!  What to expect in this article: 1. Het Blauwe Meer (the Blue Lake) 2. WIttelte: Alpaca Farm 3. Assen 4. Deurzerdiep 5. Het Nije Hemelriek 6. Dwingelderveld 7. Balloo 1. Het Blauwe Meer (the Blue Lake) I have been to Het Blauwe Meer or the Blue

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Noshi: Fun coffee garden in Porto for brunch

I fell in love with Noshi – coffee garden in Porto and after reading this blog, you might too. A hip, delicious and Instagram-worthy café in a nice area. That’s how I would describe Noshi. Even the name I find cute!  We arrived here by accident, after visiting the Igreja Do Carmo. This is a beautiful church with amazing blue azulejos on the side, so we had to take some snaps here. Unfortunately it was closed on Sunday, so we couldn’t enter, but then we realised we are actually quite hungry. And so we arrived at Noshi! As soon as

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Birthday idea: Alpaca picnic in Drenthe (NL)

Looking for a fun thing to do in Drenthe? An alpaca picnic is a great idea then! As I spend my last 2 birthdays with my boyfriend in Spain, I wanted to do something fun with all my friends back home. Then the question is, what is fun to do when most of my friend don’t know each other and live all across The Netherlands (Den Haag, Groningen, Harderwijk, Assen and Zwolle). I have been a fan of alpacas for a long time and knew my friends would also like it, so I started to do research where and what would

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What’s it like to live in Paramaribo (Suriname) for 13 years?

Hi! My name is Anja and I lived almost 13 years in Suriname, also known as Dutch Guyana. It is a small country in South America. In this article I will tell you all about my experience of living in this tropical country! Find me on social media: WordPress Instagram Facebook WordPress What to expect in this article: About Suriname Our lives in Suriname Things you have to know about Suriname​ What is it like to live/study in Suriname? Our children and Suriname (Dis)advantages of living in Suriname Tips for people who want to do the same What do people

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All the secrets of Plaza de España (Sevilla) Spain

All the secrets of Plaza de España (Sevilla)

The place you have to visit if you ever go to Sevilla, has to be Plaza de España! It´s one of the most incredible places in Spain in my opinion. This amazing place contains many visible secrets, that you will understand if you know a little bit of the history.  What to expect in this article: Why do I know so much? Ibero-American Exposition Shape of the square The architect Most important thing; the benches The four bridges What can you find inside? The ‘ugly’ part of the square Why do I know so much? I know so much about

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Studying in Australia as a teenager?

Hi lovely travellers, I am Ilse from the travelblog op reis met Ilse and I welcome you to read about my adventure living in Australia as a teenager for four years. Sit back and enjoy everything that Australia has to offer. Find me on social media: WordPress Instagram Hi! It’s me at the beautiful Wave Rock What to expect in this article: About Australia Why I moved to Australia What is it like to live/study here? (Dis)advantages of living in Australia Language barrier Tips for people who want to do the same Favourite destination in Australia What do people really

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How to spend 2 days in Dublin?

How many days are enough to explore all of Dublin? Is the capital of Ireland even worth it? What spots should I not miss? All these questions will be answered. I can imagine you have all these questions in your head when you are considering or planning to go to Ireland. For me, Dublin was quite unknown place until 3 months ago. It was just that the plane tickets were pretty cheap (60 euros) that I realized I should travel there. I got to spend 2.5 days there and loved every second of it! So stay tuned for all my

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How to work in Cape Verde as an expat

How to work in Cape Verde as an expat

Hi! I am Samantha, a 28-years old Dutch lady from ChiMotion Lifestyle. Nice to meet you! I spend over 5 years of my life as an expat on the beautiful islands of Cape Verde. Studying, but also working as a tour guide, coach and setting up my own foundation! Find me on social media: WordPress Instagram WordPress Facebook Hi I am Samantha and I love yoga! What to expect in this article: About Cape Verde My work activities in Cape Verde The food Advantages of living in CV Disadvantages of living in CV Tips for people who want to do

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What is it like to live and work in New Zealand for 1 year

Hi! We are Lizette (34) and Leon (30), aka The Salty Beachbums. We are two Dutchies who love to travel. Around May 2018, we left the Netherlands for a world trip. The classic “Quit our job and sold everything” move. We applied for a Working Holiday Visa in New Zealand and stayed for a whole year. After New Zealand we continued our travels to Australia, Indonesia, Cook Islands, Philippines, Thailand and Cambodia. Just before Covid we arrived back in The Netherlands. I can’t believe how lucky we are. Find us on social media: Instagram WordPress Hello from Tongariro National Park!

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Travel plans for 2022 (a girl can dream right) - india pondicherry

Travel plans for 2022 (a girl can dream, right?)

With 2022 coming closer and closer (only 2 months away!), I am starting to wonder about what that year will bring me. Work, personal, but also travel wise. Which places would I like to visit and will it even be possible with Corona in the back of our head. Should I even make travel plans for 2022? Can we dream away? The Corona situation and rules of the specific country might change. This article has been written in the beginning of October 2021.  Maybe I should visit Jamaica… What to expect in this article? India: Coronavirus Pondicherry Scotland: Coronavirus Edinburgh

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Hrad Devín: Fun one-day trip from Bratislava (Slovakia)

Bratislava is super fun to visit for one day, but what if you want to see other places closeby? Hrad (Castle) Devín is a good option then. This castle is so gorgeous. What to expect in this article Neighbouring countries Raw and untouched 360° view Tips Information After spending a day in Bratislava and Vienna, we wanted to see more of Slovakia. Hrad Devín is only a 20 minutes drive from the capital and absolutely beautiful!  How amazing does this look? Neighbouring countries The castle was placed here strategically to watch over the Danube river, which makes the view lovely

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4 awesome places in Poland that are worth visiting

4 awesome places in Poland that are worth visiting if you don’t have much time

Which 4 places in Poland are really worth going to? Or what if you don’t have much time to spend in this cool country? Like us, we only 7 days and had to decide where not to go. There are so many cool places in Poland that this was hard to decide. What to expect in this article Warsaw Auschwitz-Birkenau Zakopane / Kasprowy Wierch Krakow Warsaw Warsaw stole my heart. For that reason, I also wrote a blog about this amazing city. You need at least 2 days to explore the old and new town, see the monuments and visit

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What’s it like to visit Auschwitz, the largest Nazi concentration camp (Poland)

What’s it like to visit Auschwitz, the largest Nazi concentration camp (Poland)

Everyone I know has heard once in his/her life about Auschwitz, one of the most horrifying places to be as a Jew during the Second World War. I always knew I had to visit this place once to understand the stories that I have heard during history classes. To understand the world a bit better, I don’t travel only to fun places. Do you? I finally got the chance to go there in August 2021 and boy, I was so nervous! What to expect in this article History class from teacher Seyamaila Camp 1: Auschwitz Camp 2: Auschwitz – Birkenau

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How to spend 2 days in Warsaw the capital of Poland

How to spend 2 days in Warsaw: the capital of Poland

Ever thought about going to Warsaw, the beautiful capital of Poland? I don’t think it is that famous, but it should be. I went there for 2 days and would have liked to spend one more day there. In this post I will take you with me through some cool spots in Warsaw, or Warszawa. My sister and I at Zamek Królewski w Warszawie What to expect in this article Stare Miasto (old Town) Pałac Kultury i Nauki (Palace of Culture and Science) During the night: Light Show During the night: old town Nature: Lazienki palace History: Warsaw Uprising Monument

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3 nice garden terraces in Zeeland (Netherlands)

Last weekend I visited the province of Zeeland (in the Netherlands) for the first time and noticed there were many garden terraces (which are basically outside terraces with nature). So we visited eventually 3 of them and think they were all pleasant. I never knew I needed a ‘tuinterras’ this much! Jells Lunchcafé & Tuinterras- Middelburg Middelburg is the capital of Zeeland and has 48.000 inhabitants. I have two garden terraces in this city, but only went to Jells.  We ended up here twice because the first time we only had a drink. Just because there were so many good

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What is it like to live and work in Taiwan

What’s it like to live & work in Taiwan?

Hi! I am Shu Ting, a 24-year-old Taiwanese girl I have been living in Taiwan for 23 years, lived one year in Europe (mostly in Spain) at the age of 22, and one month in the UK when I was 16. Find me on social media: Instagram Hi! One year living in Spain and travelling around Europe has been the most valuable experience and inspiration for me. The culture, language, people, food, weather, schedule…. everything is so different from Taiwan, which shocked, impressed, and taught me; made me refuse, accept, then fall in love with life there. That year had

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