30
Dec
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30 december Foto vuurwerk nieuwjaarsblog RdN

I distinctly remember my first New Year’s Eve in Amsterdam, marking the start of 1987. My new Dutch friends invited me round and, as we watched the TV clock ticking towards midnight, people stood wrestling with champagne bottles in an attempt to pop the corks at exactly the right moment. All this was vaguely familiar.… read more »

23
Dec
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23 december Parijs

Do you remember our first Christmas in Paris? How I took the train from Amsterdam to Gare du Nord? How I skimped and saved my paltry student loan to buy the ticket, because I wouldn’t let you pay? How I almost got into a fight and then struck up an absurd conversation with a drunken… read more »

22
Dec
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22 december Laura - kinderen

Here is our third and final blog… up until now, we have written about our planning of the trip, our efforts to fundraise as much money as possible for the Air France KLM Village in Bagong Silang, and about our emotional and heart-warming encounter with the villagers. Click here to read our first blog and our second… read more »

16
Dec
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16 december Tanzania - Blue Giraffe

Tanzania is one of my wife’s favourite destinations. Faithful followers of my blog will know that she’s a professional traveller, while I spend most of my time at home, exploring the world from my desk chair. This is unfair, of course, but stay-at-home travel has certain advantages. I can, for instance, browse through thousands of… read more »

15
Dec
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15 december Laura 3

The moment we touched down in Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila, we knew all the hard work we had put into organizing the trip and fundraising for the Air France KLM Village was about to pay off. But we had no idea yet of just how much this trip would impact our lives. We… read more »

09
Dec
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09 december Barcelona - Parc Guell

Having been peppered by a sudden hailstorm this morning, I’m glad I can flee once more into the warmer arms of Spain. Or perhaps I should say Catalonia, because today we’ll be in Barcelona, guided by Teresa, who sent me her favourite sight, sound, scent and taste in Catalan, which looks like Spanish on paper,… read more »

08
Dec
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Laura in Manilla

From the comfort of Bristol to a slum on the outskirts of Manila where families live in nothing more than cardboard boxes might seem a long way to go for a day but as students at the University of Bristol completing a jailbreak challenge run by the charity society ‘RAG’ (Raising and Giving), it was… read more »