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The Dalmatian route: introducing project and publisher

In the video Paul Benjaminse (publisher) and me are explaining what the project is about. UPDATE: currently route is being processed to a book. A printed test edition is planned to be ready February 2019.

Tinana round trip south

If you want to explore the outskirts of Tirana, this is a convenient way to do so. Most of this track (click here to download gpx file) is on paved roads, and if not, the gravel roads are of a good quality.  Only the very western section is a bit more challenging and you may need to walk for some hunders of meters. Less than a kilometer will be on a two lane road, but it is spacious and cars […]

Dalmatian cycle route

A dear dream comes to reality: I can make a route in my beloved Western Balkan. My friend Paul Benjaminse said to me: “If you do the route, I’ll do the book.” Here is the plan in more detail. I know the area well, but I am specifically inviting people to help building the project. That is because I have unresolved sections and I am open to ideas of people for better options or variations. If you are interested, please do subscribe […]

Volunteering in Montenegro: clearing old pathways

In 2017 I participated in a ten days volunteer camp. Some twenty people, mostly from ex-Yugoslavia, helped to keep the old trails accessible. Montenegro has an upcoming hiking tourism and I was happy to support that. The atmosphere in the group was vibrant and inspiring. This year it will be from 6th till 15th of May. Check Springcamp.me for details (site is a bit slow).   spring in Montenegro   hiking on old trails

3 days bike trip north of Tirana

In 2017 I did a trip with my dear friend Ilir Hysa, who has been running the Tirana Backpackers Hostel already for many years. We decided to do a short bike trip together. A bit north of Tirana we found this beautiful route. You can download the GPS track here.

Ode to Albania

This panorama was shot in the valley parallel to the south coast, in the valley of Kuç, called Lumi i Vlorës and also Mesaplik. In the summer season, the coastal area attracts hundred thousands of tourists, whereas if you hop over to the next valley, there is not even a handful of them. However, in 2019 the old road from Vlora to the coast, leading through that valley, will be renewed and become the new main connection.  

2005: my very first winter trip

It was a crazy old idea to once do a winter trip. In 2005 I had a wonderful travel destination across the Alps: my girlfriend in Zagreb. I went off, being hosted by many Couch-surfers. Click here for comments and social media sharing.

writing for Wereldfietser magazine

I am editor for the magazine of De Wereldfietser (Global cyclist) and I love to write for it. Writing is a strong passion in which I can combine reporting my adventures with some philosophical perspectives.   Click to open a PDF:    

De Telegraaf

Shot for the national newspaper De Telegraaf. Coordination and texts by Robert van Weperen.     Click to enlarge:

Cycling Europe guides

I am honoured that Paul Benjaminse had assigned me to take pictures for the three guides he made in Spain in 2014. We are friends as well as fans of each others work. I like the style of his guides, the quality of his routes, with a lot of emphasis on beautiful scenery, variation and – very important for me – as far away from busy traffic as possible. Click to enlarge: