Returning home and making observations

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My last ride through the Dolomites… for now

Observing my people

I’m standing on platform 15B in Utrecht, waiting for the train that will bring me a little bit closer to home. I just got back in the Netherlands and I dropped off the rental car that I used in Italy to now continue the journey home by train.

However, my train is delayed. Of course it is! Since I remember the trains here always seem to be delayed. Oh wait, there it goes; my Dutch nature is complaining about getting somewhere to late. I actually don’t really care right now if I have to wait ten or twenty minutes to get somewhere, but for some reason I realize it’s pretty typical of us Dutch people to start hurrying and getting annoyed when plans change.
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Bem-Vindo ao Brasil!

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Cristiana & Gabriela

About a year ago I met Gabriela, a cheerful Brazilian young lady, who always tries to show people the best of her country with the passion she has. Together with Cristiana she recently started a language center called Bem-Vindo to teach Dutch-speaking people the beautiful Brazilian Portuguese Language. Since I love the fact that two dedicated Brazilian women started building their dream I felt like sharing it with you through an interview.
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A cultural observation: Brazil vs. Argentina

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A beautiful road near Bariloche, Argentina

In 2014 I spent quite some time in Latin America and I have fallen in love deeply with each and every country I traveled through. My love for these places grew especially due to all the great cultures I’ve learned about and the warm souls I’ve met, let alone the amazing scenery that passed my sight every single day.

While I was on the road I thought some things, some cultural differences, stood out quite a lot and I decided to write them down from my point of view so that I could share them with you. Today I am giving you my observations on the differences between Brazil and Argentina. It might look like a smack down and I know Brazilians are very touchy about Argentina and Argentina is very touchy about Brazil, but it’s really not. However, I would love to hear your opinions on this topic!
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Merle Heuvels has got That Wanderlust

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Let me introduce you to Merle! She’s one of the loveliest girls I’ve met during my travels. A charming Dutch seΓ±orita with lots of passion for life itself, but most of all for traveling! When I met Merle in Nicaragua I would always see her walking to the beach with a surfboard under her arm and later on we would enjoy some drinks together. So much fun! Merle’s favorite thing about traveling is the freedom traveling gives and meeting fellow travelers and local people. I still wanted to ask her a couple of things about her wanderlust.

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