To hike the Kali Limni has been on my to do-list for the last 2 summers. Kali Limni is the highest peak of the Greek island Karpathos and actually of the entire Dodecanese. I feel like I can not leave this Greek island again without having been on its highest and best view-point. My work on Karpathos for the summer is coming to an end soon. Now I have the time to do the hikes I so desperately wanted to do. Last year Mister Viking an I decided to hike to Vrougounda after the summer. This time we get to see the breathtaking view of Rhodes in the East and Crete in the West from the top of the Kali Limni. ...read more!
If you have ever wanted to travel to Greece you might have considered visiting one of the Dodecanese islands. Most tourists will travel to Rhodes, Kos or perhaps even Karpathos, yet did you know that you can also visit Kasos and Armathia? Located between Karpathos and Crete, these remote islands are still untouched and are therefore unharmed by tourists. Now is the time to visit Kasos and Armathia. ...read more!
A life on a Greek island is something many people would basically kill for. In the summer of 2015 I started working on Karpathos as a tour guide and that meant I got to live there for 6 months and I am currently doing so again the summer of ’16.
Going to Vrougoúnda was something I had wanted to do all summer. I heard so many stories about this place, that it had gained my curiosity. Perhaps the beach was really as spectacular as I’d heard, but most of all it was the feeling I wanted to get – the feeling of being somewhere far, far away from everything.
Have you ever heard about the small island of Saria (in modern Greek Σαρία)? It is a rocky, volcanic island on the northern side of Karpathos. With only a couple of Shepherds living in Saria it is still said to be an uninhabited island. ...read more!
While much is written about the poor relationship between Greece and Turkey, epitomized by the divided island of Cyprus, at local level there are no such problems. There are numerous islands on the Turquoise Coast, many not far from the Turkish Mainland. Many are very small and uninhabited. Those that have a population are exclusively Greek and there is regular daily contact between the Greek population and their near neighbours, Turks. They happily co-exist and tourists coming to the area can sail these seas going backwards and forwards between Turkey and Greece. ...read more!
Today I woke up in a warm bed. Outside the temperatures are -10 Cº and the mountain scenery is quite different compared to where I come from. Hiking up a hill is something that exhausts me because I grew up with low and flat lands. I don’t mind going down hill though, especially when there is enough snow and I can use a snowboard to do so. Staying in the Italian Dolomites lets me discover more about myself. About why the Netherlands isn’t really my thing the whole year through since right now I can be in surroundings with extreme nature. Huge mountains, snowy peaks, frozen waterfalls and lakes, curvy roads and wild foxes that take my breath away as they appear so suddenly. ...read more!
We went for a couple of dives in Amoopi and did quite a lot of dives at the beach of Votsalakia. Here’s a video of a complete dive we did in Votsalakia, where we spotted a sea star, caves, strange tiny jellyfish and some other kinds of fish still undefined.
Thom & I decided to share our adventures abroad and here’s part 1 of a series of movies – especially near the ocean in Karpathos. What a beautiful nature we have over here! Feel the happiness! ...read more!
Once upon a time there were three young ladies, who all had the same job on a small island in the Aegean Sea. Their job was to make sure that the tourists who visited the island had a perfectly relaxed holiday. In their free time the three of them hung out together and on one particular day they got an idea;
It is full moon tomorrow and we have got to get to those stones before it is too late!”
I’m driving from Pigadia to the South of the island. There is a supermarket on my right where a man is standing still with his van. He is making a phone call and wants to continue his voyage without noticing that I’m passing by. He almost hits me, but I can still safely drive passed him. Then I see a gas station on my left, full with cars, and another one on my right. The second one is closed. It has actually always been closed and we have only three gas stations on the island, which could have been four. Still, nowadays the closed gas station looks more like a parking spot. There’s a boat parked next to the pump and a white car with a black painted rooftop. I see a sign with the word Amoopi. Here’s the first exit from the main road to get to the beach of Amoopi and the red Toyota across the exit always reminds me of it. However, today I’m not going to Amoopi. I’m driving just a little bit further. ...read more!
Once upon a time there used to be a very small village, all the way up in the North of Karpathos – one of the Greek Dhodhekanisos islands. The village was named Vroukounta and is also known as Vrykous. Its location wasn’t the most safe one after all the sea rovers kept on intruding the village. The inhabitants started looking for a more mountainous area to hide from the Saracen pirates and that’s when Olympos was born. ...read more!