Former China correspondent for Het Financieele Dagblad and De Tijd, the leading business newspapers in The Netherlands and Belgium. Now back at work in Amsterdam as a journalist after driving from Shanghai to Amsterdam through China, Mongolia, Central Asia, Iran and Eastern Europe.
4,955 words in 11 moments in 9 cities since April 26th, 2014
Ulaanbaatar — We met up with Haldi, our new Mongolian friend over the weekend. He was on the road with us for two days arranging a new air-conditioning for the car. This included a stop at the ‘Car Doctor’, where w...
Shanghai — The world is full of redundancies, waste and duplicates. You sometimes may think you are struck by an original thought or idea, but chances are, someone somewhere else on this planet already had exact...
Shanghai — We spent our last night in Shanghai at a friend’s place on the outskirts of Shanghai where there is plenty of room for us to organize and pack the car before we depart. After a good night sleep we me...
Dutch light really is something unique, especially to be found in the water rich Friesland
The name Pamir Highway suggests it's a highway, but it's far from that. Part of the road is paved, but most of the stretches are just plain rocks.
The road along the shore of the Toktogul Reservoir is absolutely stunning. The road follows the course of the Naryn River, a turqoiuse-colored wide, meandering river in between high mountainsides.
Lake Ala-Kul, situated at a height of 3500 meters. is a picture perfect lake with an almost unreal colour.
The scenery along the way from the Russian/Kazakh border to Almaty was pretty monotonous, but we found a beautiful camping spot anyway.
Novosibirsk not only has beautifully long legged women, Siberia's capital also has the biggest Opera and Ballet Theatre in Russia. When the sun sets, its dome starts to change colors.
Mongolia is one of the most challenging countries for any road trip. It didn't disappoint this time.
Driving the paved stretch of the M41, better known as the Pamir Highway.
After some extremely frustrating and stressful weeks we left Shanghai early in the morning for our first leg.
If teleportation existed today, would that be net positive or negative for the world economy?
Almost three weeks after arrival in Shanghai Yangshan Deepwater Port, our car is still in the container