We have been blogging now for several months and I have to say that we really enjoy it. While writing you re-experience the whole trip over and over again. It is also nice to see that our blog is visited by more people every time we post a blog. And that there are a lot of blogs in the Netherlands and the world. It is fun to be part of this. Last week we were nominated for the Liebster Award by Kelly from Reisheid.nl. This award is awarded to new bloggers so that the audience can get to know the blogger a little bit more. Well Kelly, you are at the right address and we are more than welcome to answer your questions.
Kelly has asked us the following 11 questions:
What is our favorite way of travel?
Without a doubt, camping. We love waking up with the sound of birds whistling or raindrops falling on our tent. We both get really happy about this fact.
What is the most special city we have ever visited?
We both love Rome. This is because of its rich history which keeps surprising us. But also because of the relaxed and friendly Romans. And what about the great wines and food they serve in many good restaurants. We love it. The city has a casual atmosphere that we really like as Dutch people.
Who is our travel buddy? Or do we prefer travelling alone?
Off course we are each other’s travel buddy but we also like travelling alone. Next June our trip around the world will start and during this trip we also think it’s important that we have ‘Sander’ en ‘Jolien’ time. This is important because we will be with each other 24/7 so alone time during the trip is sometimes something we need to. In our everyday life we both have our own hobbies and this is something we will keep on doing during our travels.
What is the worst place we both have ever slept?
Sander: In 2003 I flew to Bordeaux together with Bart (from hastalaproxima.com). His brother stood on a camping ground in the area and we went there to chill, relax and enjoy the scenery. We landed late in the evening and we still needed to find a place to sleep. Apparently it was a busy night in Bordeaux because we could not find a room. Luckily we found a small hotel that had a small 1-person room with a bed with two mattresses. We slept badly and the view of the room was a ventilation hole above a dead-end alley. Crappy night, good memories and lots of laughs afterwards.
Jolien: I come from a family with 4 children. My parents had their own company and this sometimes meant that we could not go on a family holiday with the six of us. The solution came from my mother who said, let’s take our bike and see where we will end up. So off we went with our mother. During one of these holidays it was raining all day long. All I can remember is rain, rain, rain and even more rain. Not the ideal weather for cycling. One night we slept in a dirty, old caravan, covered with mold. I think my mother did not sleep that night but at least it was dry.
Which travel moment do we remember the most?
Sander: That would be my holiday to Vancouver in 2000. I was 18 years old and I went together with Frank. It was my first holiday where I went away alone for a long time. It also was the first time I flew somewhere. I was pretty blue when it came to travel back then. We spend 5,5 weeks in British Columbia and had the time of our lives. Vancouver is amazing and its surrounding nature overwhelming. We jumped from cliffs, spent a week in Whistler, did a hike (Juan de Fuca trail) on Vancouver Island, hitchhiked and camped on Salt Lake Island. Good memories and it feels like ages ago.
Jolien: For me this is my trip to Budapest in 2007. I spent a long weekend alone in the city. This was very exciting. Now I see people thinking, ‘Why travel alone?’ Because solo travel is fun, you meet a lot of new people and you have to make your own choices. This means you can do what you want!
What is the most special border crossing we have ever passed?
Just a month ago we went to Berlin by train. We started talking to a retired man from Hannover. He used to live in the DDR and he talked passionate about the cold war and its impact on everyday life. When we crossed the former border between the DDR (former East Germany) and the BRD (former West Germany) the man mentioned that all people needed to disembark the train. Everybody needed to undergo a strict control before you could enter the DDR. In the meanwhile we passed this border with 120 kilometers an hour. Without this man we would have never known we passed this former border. It is sad that the topic of borders now is more actual and before.
What is the best road trip we ever took?
Sander: I remember my trip with Bart from Hasta la Proxima to Spain. In 3 weeks’ time we went to Lloret del Mar, Salou and the Mediterranean sea. The ideal man vacations and we visited friends in each city. It was a lot of fun.
Jolien: I cannot choose between my holiday with my sister and a friend to Croatia in 2013 or my holiday with Sander to Northern Spain in 2014. The holiday to Croatia was nice and relaxed. We just packed our car and started driving. We ended up in Pula, Croatia. From that point on it was relaxing, surfing, swimming and sightseeing. This was the same in Northern Spain. We did not plan anything as well. We just packed your car and start driving again. So what is the best part of road tripping? It is unstrained and casual.
What was our most frightful moment while travelling?
Jolien: When Sander stands on the rim of a mountain to take beautiful pictures. Sander: Jolien is over exaggerating. I am always in control. But we both cannot remember a scary moment. Nothing pops into mind so it must not been that scary.
What do we do when we are at home?
We both have busy jobs and we like to work out a couple of times a week. Nowadays we also have our Spanish course ones a week. When we have time we like to dream about all the places we want to visit. We are also really good in just sitting on our couch and chill-out. Or watch movies or good series like The Walking Death, Flash or Game of Thrones.
How does our ideal future look like?
Hopefully travelling for a long time. This is for the both of us a long time wish. Afterwards I think everyday life will kick in with hopefully a couple of kids. Our ideal future then is that we are still able to visit beautiful places in the world together with our kids. And off course with our car and tent.
What is our favorite mean of transportation?
The CAR!! No doubts about this. We really enjoy the freedom a car gives us. You can follow every road and turn every corner to find out where it will take you. This is exiting and fun. We are also thinking about buying a car in South America, Australia and New Zealand to explore the country. Preferably a 4×4 with a tent on top. This way we have our 4 star hotel with us all the time. We are exploring this option as we speak so every good tip for buying a car is much appreciated.
This was our last question. Now we would like to explain a little bit more about the Liebster Award. There are a couple of rules.
- Answer 11 question from the blogger who nominated you;
- Place a link of the person/blog who nominated you;
- Nominate bloggers who deserve more attention according to you;
- Ask them 11 questions over whatever you want to know about them;
- When you share your Liebster Award blog on social media, tag the blogger who tagged you and the bloggers who you are nominating. This way others can find you all.
This means we now can nominate other bloggers. They are Bart and Nathalie from hastalaproxima.com, Maika and Rolf from dutchiesgobananas.com and Michiel and Marije from onzedroomreis.com. Hopefully you want to participate and find the time in your busy travel schedule?
Our 11 questions for you are:
- Why did you both started to blog?
- What is the best about blogging?
- Why is travelling so important?
- What are the positive things you both get out of travelling? And what are the negative things?
- What is your favorite country and why?
- What is fun about couples travel?
- What do we (nosprinkles.com) need to keep in mind while going on a trip around the world? With other words what is the most important lesson you have learned during your trip?
- What is the best trip you both have ever took?
- How does your ideal day look like on the road?
- What is your favorite hotspot, why and where can we find it?
- Post a picture of the place you now look at?
Good luck and we look forward to the answers.