About

So you want a little background on who is putting up these stories, don’t you?

Mariken Zuydgeest picture

I’m Mariken (nickname Mel)

I’m part of an expat-couple, originally from the Netherlands and currently living in Toronto, Canada with our three kids.

Whenever possible, as a family, we try to experience something or somewhere new while keeping it fun and practical.

Of course, we want to see some of the highlights but rather than booking a package holiday we prefer to organize our own (road) trips.

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Travel and tourism have always been a passion: ever since I was 14,  I have wanted to leave to go and see the world.

That desire took me to

  • work on campsites in France,
  • taking language courses in Spain,
  • work as a tour guide for active holidays in the Benelux (Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg),
  • work on a ‘ski’-train taking people to European ski resorts and back on weekends, and
  • work a tour guide on a bus through Norway.

What else do you ‘need’ to know?

I love to write (as you might have guessed) and beside the practical ‘know-how’, I want you to be able to not just picture yourself somewhere but experience my stories with all your senses:

  • feel the thick, clammy, humid air sticking to your skin under the dense, green jungle canopy;
  • smell the hot, dusty, red dirt road beside a baobab tree or
  • experience that high altitude out-of-breath sense on the rocky and steep climb to see the sun rise over Macchu Picchu.
  • To sink your teeth into a crusty, warm croissant, the buttery taste spreading throughout your mouth and savouring that cleansing sip of espresso while looking out over ….

Ok, snap out of it!

I’m a dedicated coffee addict, love to read, run and create colourful cakes, and I kick…….box.

I hate sprouting potatoes (no-one said this had to be useful information, right?) , shopping and woolly, political language or lack of action.

My motto is: if you want something then go and (do your stinking best to) get it.

Very happy to meet you!

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