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The beauty of the desert....
The picture of me in Tin Merzouga is made by Caroline Klaassen.
Tin Merzouga in south-east Algeria near the Libyan border has amazing sanddunes. We stayed here for 2 nights, so I had enough time to climb the dunes. I did not reach the top. After every edge were new and higher tops. It was marvellous to be there for hours with only the blue sky and the fascinating empty landscape around. It gave me the feeling to be in connection with myself and the cosmos.
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I travelled in 4 continents. My favourite is Africa ! It is under my skin since my first visit or maybe even longer. Some VT-ers think I am originally from Africa. I am not and don't ask me why I don't start to live there yet. Meanwhile I visited Africa 38 times and 32 countries.
2004 was the best Africa year ever. I travelled 3 months from west to east, visiting Ghana, Togo, Benin, Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad, Ethiopia, Kenya & Tanzania. And I did my first transsahara trip, coming from Gambia, Senegal and Mali, crossing the Sahara in central Mauritania, Western Sahara & Morocco.
2005 was an European & Asian travel year. I visited Madeira, Italy, England, France, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Germany, Thailand & Cambodia.
In 2006 4 continents: Europe (Poland, Madeira, Spain, Scotland, Denmark), Africa (Libya), Asia (China & Hong Kong) & Central America (Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras & Belize).
In 2007 Africa: Morocco & Egypt for the 8th time, Madagascar & Mauritius. In Europe: England, Germany, Belgium & Greece.
In 2008 Africa (Morocco), Asia (Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kazachstan, Kyrgystan, China & Iran) & Europe (Madeira, Germany, Austria & Ireland).
In 2009 I started with the Tuareg Festival au Desert in Essakane, north of Timbuktu in Mali and later in the year I visited Marrakech. In Europe I visited Portugal, Bulgaria, Romania, Ukraine and Germany. And after many years I came back in Istanbul.
From African astrology:
The traveller (4 sep- 3 oct)
If born under the sign of the traveller, you are endowned with a wanderlust which makes you always want to see what is over the next hill. The traveller has a duality of character, feeling sadness at departure and a certain joy in the anticipation of the arrival at the destination. The traveller must rely on intuition and common sense on the journey in life.
Many pages are under construction
Having a new computer with more storage capacity, I started to scan older travel pictures. I uploaded the first pics of Romania, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Brazil, Nicaragua and Curacao.
I travel more than I can write tips. So I try to share some pictures of recent trips in the intro and in the travelogues.
Iran: Shiraz, Esfahan, Yazd
China: solar eclipse in Xinjiang province, Kashgar, Turpan
My last finished travelpages (including tips)
Mali: Timbuktu, Essakane, Festival au Desert
Emmen is a modern municipality with industrial and horticultural areas. Emmen is situated in the north east of the Netherlands near the German border. Emmen has 110.000 inhabitants. Within the borders of Emmen is a lot of open and green space. Near the German border is a large nature reserve the Bargerveen (veen = moor).
I live in the centre of the city Emmen in one of the last historical districts. www.oudallee.nl For more information about my home-town, you can visit my Emmen page, the website of the municipality www.emmen.nl.
In spring and summer there are a lot of activities in the citycentre of Emmen. For example the last friday in May is the Jazz & Blues Night, in July is the CestlaVie Festival and the last sunday in August is the Full Colour Festival. This last one is my favourite.
Emmen is known because of its zoo. It's one of the most beautifull zoo's in Europe.The zoo is just behind our backyard. From the first floor of our house we can have a look at the African savannah with giraffes, zebras, rhinos, impalas and wildebeasts. For more information see my travelogue Noorderdierenpark or www.noorderdierenpark.nl
Sunday 1 march 2009 Annabel, the mother of the elephant herd, fell down in the dry ditch around the elephant island. It happened after she was hit by two playing younger elephants. For many hours they tried to rescue her, but without any succes. Back on the island she could not stand on her legs anymore. It turned out she was paralysed by a broken certebra of her neck. It was heartbreaking. Unfortulately it was her time to die.
She lived in the zoo behind my backyard for 40 years. She was the mother of the herd. Pictures in the traveloque are of her birthday in 2006.
In the zoo nextdoor we have big wild cats as neighbours (tigers, panthers and servals). In our own home and garden we have our own ''wild'' cat of a smaller size. The cat is used to the heavy roaring of her big sisters in the zoo.
This is our second cat, which was behaving more like a dog. She walked always together with me, especially outdoors.
At the 4th of august 2007 she died, only 8 years young....
Special about her was that she was always talking during the day. Her bright blue eyes looked straight into my eyes and she layed on my mouse when I was too long at VT.
Since April 2004 we have a huge male cat, called Bushman. In the first year his former family missed him and wanted him back, so he left us for 2 weeks. But they find out, that our home and garden was a better place for him. So he came back and enjoys the garden. In October 2012 Bushman died because of cancer. Till almost the last day he walked around in his garden where we buried him later.
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