Notarizing documents for Egypt. How hard can it be?…..

The Egyptian embassy in the Netherlands does not have a website. I’m not sure if they ever had one, but the one linked on Google leads to nothing. With no information and no reply to my emails, I did what I always do: I just winged it. The first visit: A lot of people. I’mContinue reading “Notarizing documents for Egypt. How hard can it be?…..”

Auctioned off

27-01-2017 In Hebei at a a friend’s family celebrating Chinese New Year. Here’s a short conversation when meeting a friend of the family: * How old is she? “She’s 26 * Has she found a partner yet? “Not yet, she’s currently looking – I’m not looking *Maybe we can introduce her to my son -I’mContinue reading “Auctioned off”

Why you can’t trust cats in Beijing

13 September 2016 I passed by a heavily meowing car on my way back from a birthday party.   I went back and got on my knees to check underneath the car, inside the wheels, put my ear near the hood, tapped on the windows. The meowing got worse and I was super worried. ItContinue reading “Why you can’t trust cats in Beijing”

Getting lost in the Beijing suburbs

9 September 2016 I  got lost in the Beijing suburbs/construction area for a good 2.5 hours and was brought home by a complete stranger So, Beijing is this massive city with too many people. In my district alone, it takes like a few hours by bicycle to get from north to south. Bicycle you say?Continue reading “Getting lost in the Beijing suburbs”

The strongest woman I have ever met

August 1, 2016 The lady on the right, Guljekrem, invited us over for tea one day while we were just resting on the side of the road. We came back a second time to thank her. That’s where I learned Guljekrem’s story. She once had a husband and several children; all dead. She’s suffering fromContinue reading “The strongest woman I have ever met”

The deadly Karakoram highway

July 22, 2016 We nearly died, I was sexually harassed and I peed on myself, sort of The Karokoram highway is the road that leads from the city of Kashgar to Pakistan. It’s built in the middle of insane mountains, grasslands and rivers. Because it’s so far west, it borders or is located close toContinue reading “The deadly Karakoram highway”

The night(mare) train from Wuhan to Urumqi

July 3, 2016 The night train from Wuhan to Urumqi was one of the best (and absolute worst) experiences of my life. There were no seats left, so I had to buy a standing ticket for a 36 hour trip from practically east to all the way west. Locals warned me beforehand: “it’s not whatContinue reading “The night(mare) train from Wuhan to Urumqi”