North America

Coast to Coast – USA cross country with a Ford E150

Kansas

Twinky on the road from East Coast to West Coast. Twinky is a big, blue Ford E150 Camper Van with room for seven sitting people and when we flip the bench, there is enough room for two sleeping guys. We planned to mostly drive but a nap every now and then wouldn’t hurt. We’re moving…

Exploring the world one coast at a time

Packing. I seem to be always packing. Packing a trolley for a short business trip, unpacking afterwards, packing a backpack for a weekend trip, and unpacking again, packing kites and other stuff into Twinky, the van, and for the long term stuff I pack boxes. Since I’ve been living in New York I’ve managed to…

Lost a plastic bottle?

Plastic bottles polluting a caribbean beach

Recently lost a plastic bottle? A soda or a detergent bottle? An oil canister maybe, a yoghurt cup, plastic bag or kids toy by any chance? No worries! They’ve found a beautiful new home: a remote caribbean beach! Sunshine, a soft breeze, pelicans fishing nearby and no tourists around. The only thread is a coconut…

Coffee cupping ~ A slurping hunt for a secret ~ Brooklyn

Cupping Class @ Toby's Estate

I have medium trained taste buds, I would say. Their usual workout consists of alternating cycles of pasta and rice with veggies after a slow warm up in the morning with oatmeal and fruits. There are variations from time to time: a huge salad or different types of veggie soups, a good piece of steak…

My 7 Super Shots from around North America

Grand Canyon

  Hoi, what  a surprise!  Annette from Bucket List Journey tagged me for the  HostelBookers 7 Super Shots round-up. Thank you so much! So I took this grey and rainy Sunday to snuggle into a cozy fleece blanket on the couch, poured in a Yogi Peach Detox tea and looked through 25,440 pictures on my hard-drive to find my 7 Super…

Sip in the city ~ New York one coffee at a time

Coffee heart NYC

Walking through New York City’s streets can make you wonder if the fast pulse of the city is caused by coffee. In the morning you can observe people rushing to the office with a coffee to go in one hand and the mobile in the other; you can see people squeezed together in the subway…

Mondays around the world ~ Portland Oregon

Jeff lives in Portland, Oregon together with his wife, since about 20 years. Their Irish Setter called Amber keeps them on their toes. To brew a new batch of beer, Jeff took Monday, January 30th off, and wrote this blog post for ‘Mondays around the world’. Here you go: Awakened by my dog far too…

Volunteering near and far, sometimes with mud

You can have many reasons to volunteer. Helping others can be very satisfying and you can connect super easy with new people while doing something fun and useful.  Studies even support that volunteering has positive health effects. But the best thing is you can jump into someone else’s job for a bit. I had a…

How kitesurfers survive the winter ~ Snow kiting

Snowkiting Tug Hill 2012

January. This year one day is ice cold, the next day sunny and warm in New York City; followed by another ice cold day. On springlike days we check the wind forecast every other hour to find out if there might be enough wind for some kitesurfing. Maybe tomorrow? Dreams of summer, beach and kitesurfing.…