ABOUT

Born and raised in the northeasternmost provence of the Netherlands, in a small town named Winschoten, I never imagined myself traveling the world. But I did. My curiousity led me to the ‘big city’ Amsterdam where I lived for ten years. December 2016 I sold my appartment, quit my job and started my journey around the world in 371 days.

I want to write and take pictures to tell story’s.

May 2017 I left Amsterdam. After traveling Asia for three months I lived in Nieuw-Zeeland for half a year. Januari 6th 2018 I left Opua to sail around Cape Horn on yacht Taya. After one month at the South Pacific Ocean our startboard rudder broke for inexplicable reason and we changed course to Puerto Montt, Chili. Two weeks later we got in the middle of a severe storm. Feb 17th 2018 Alan wrote: “Made it through the storm; I saw 1 gust at 56 knots but sustained winds at 42-47 for at least 6 hours and above 40 for 10hrs.” Feb 21st we also lost our port rudder at 769 miles (1424 km) west from Valdivia. Alan decided it was the best to abandon ship and accept help from the Nanjing Express. My journey around the world and this sailing adventure are fundamentals for my book.

The end of knowing is the beginning of believing and faith,
or fear…
It’s a choice.

Favorite stories: Veilig aan boord, Almost Home?, The Fire Lookout, Oma… Elke dag is een geschenk en Gered op de Stille Oceaan.

Some moments of my story:

2016-06-10: Put my apartment for sale because I wanted a garden
2016-11-10: Decided to travel the world, quit my j
2016-12-02: Sold my apartment in Amsterdam

2017-01-27: Started writing
2017-01-31: Last day working at NRC Media
2017-05-28: Left Amsterdam and started traveling Asia

2018-01-06: Left New-Zealand to sail the South Pacific on yacht Taya with Alan Cresswell
2018-02-22: Being saved by Nanjing Express 1500 km west from Chile
2018-04-02: Traveled USA on a motorcycle, using Couchsurfing
2018-06-02: Back in the Netherlands, started writing my book
2018-09-27: Student at the Writers Vocational School

2019-01-23: Become Editor for Wenakker
2019-04-01: Work as Marina officer at Havenkwartier Blauwestad, Started a sailing course
2019-08-29: Become Chairman of the board of the local political GreenLeft party
2019-09-19: Student Storytelling Journalism
2019-10-28: Work as a Content Marketing Writer for Rope Access Noord