What do we want with this site?
To share information on and photos of some of the places we have been to, for others to gain an idea of how it is – or was, some places are off-limits nowadays, or have changed beyond recognition. If you haven’t done so yet we hope to help you overcome thresholds and stimulate you to discover the world, enjoy what we have enjoyed so much (most of the time).
Our stories can be about cities, or specific buildings, or ruins, but also about events. They may be mainstream, our take on things you find in the travel sections of every newspaper, or they can be special, an obscure festival, a small village or an unknown treasure nobody ever heard of, but that we happen to have come across. Most of this will not be up-to-date, of course: they represent our experiences at the time, and things may well have changed.
Sometimes we have written more than just short sketches. There are articles about some of the places we have been to, and there are several travelogue-type blogs of entire trips we made, all liberally illustrated with photos. Sometimes, we have included photo series, where travels have been long ago, and travel notes lacking – many of those photos are scanned slides, and occasionally this is visible, in somewhat faded colours.
Occasionally, I have added an opinion, not necessarily about a travel location, but more often about what I experienced in the countries I lived or traveled in. These are entirely my own views, not meant to offend anybody, not meant to invoke a reaction, just a piece of text that I found worthwhile posting on the site. Some are mildly critical, some attempt to be funny, some are by now totally irrelevant, and all are to be taken with a pinch of salt.
What do you do with all this?
That’s entirely up to you. The sketches are short, you’ll read them quickly and they will give you an impression of what to expect. You’ll need a little more time to digest the articles and the travelogues, but you can also chose and pick the sections you are most interested in. And you can always come back another time. Hopefully the writings or photos or paintings of various locations and countries may inspire you, or they may give you an idea. You may want to go yourself, one day, or you may want to use the information in a story or an article. If you do, we would appreciate acknowledgement. Perhaps you want to tell others about our site.
Or you may not be interested at all, and quickly surf to somewhere else. No offense taken.
If you are stimulated by our sketches or pictures, and decide to go and see for yourself, do realize that circumstances may have changed. It may be a lot more difficult to get to the Hunza Valley in Pakistan now then it was in 1999. Many of the unique features of Papuan culture in the 1980s may have eroded in the face of globalization. Improved infrastructure may have removed much of the discomfort traveling in Haiti, but may have equally removed some of the charm.
And who are we again?
Bruno is Dutch. He is a geologist by training, and has worked some 15 years for Shell in Papua New Guinea, Tanzania, the UK, Turkey, Albania and China. He then changed career, and spent another 10 years working as a manager in humanitarian aid and development cooperation, in Haiti, India, Indonesia and again in the UK.
Sofia is Argentinean and has a Marketing and PR degree as well as a Spanish language teaching degree. She also picked up an arts diploma on the way, and has been painting since the beginning of this century, mostly watercolours, but also oils and acrylics. She finds inspiration from her travels and from her immediate surroundings.