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About Susanne

Friends describe me as a searching owl, always looking for meaning in life. I am a Dutchie born in 1983, graduate in psychology & business, enthusiast in solar racing and independent traveler. I love the outdoors & indoors and enjoy meaningful interactions with others, sharing experiences and insights about this world. My career started 3 years ago, in the field of career & personal development. I am eager to put my skills into better use for the world during this highly impactful journey together with Martin. See About

WWOOFing at an organic pine tree farm in South Korea

By | 21st June, 2015|Categories: Eastern South Korea, South Korea, Volunteering|Tags: , , , , , |

Before arriving to South Korea we had the plan to find a place to WWOOF. For people not familiar with this term it means: Willing Workers On Organic Farms. We would like to learn more about organic farming, methods involved, local Korean life and lengthen our journey by volunteering and staying with local people. I would be [...]

My experiences as a volunteer in Ulaanbaatar

By | 23rd March, 2015|Categories: Central Mongolia, Mongolia, Volunteering|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

After knowing that Martin and I would split up for a while (because he was cycling through Mongolia) I started looking into what I could be doing. First my eyes were set in southern China, but soon I decided that I wanted to go to Mongolia after all and spend my time there. I was looking at [...]

Urumqi to Ulaanbaatar – doing it different part 2

By | 3rd February, 2015|Categories: China, Mongolia, North East China, Reflections|Tags: , , , , |

So, I arrived at Hohhot East train station at around 16:30. I was still operating on western China time and hadn't realized that the sun would already be so far down. I thought I had enough hours of daylight left, but instead I had to rush. I asked a porter to help me with my two huge [...]

Urumqi to Ulaanbaatar – doing it different part 1

By | 23rd January, 2015|Categories: China, North west China, Reflections, Thoughts, Travel tips, Tripreport, Winter cycling|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

It was amazing! Arriving to Urumqi after cycling there all the way from the Netherlands. It was quite a huge milestone for us. But it was also a bit daunting because during the last days of the year we'd had some deep conversations about what next. The plan was clear but the feelings not so much. We [...]

A 36 hour taste of winter cycling

By | 6th December, 2014|Categories: Cycling, Kazakhstan, Nature|Tags: , , , , , , |

Our legs are shaking, our fingers are numb and we are only 500 meters away from the hostel where we stayed in Bishkek. A really nice place by the way, nice and comfortable, where the communal heating was on all day. So making the step from 23 degrees inside to minus 10 outside after three weeks was [...]

The road to Samarqand

By | 9th September, 2014|Categories: Ancient civilizations, Eastern Uzbekistan, Uzbekistan|Tags: , , , , |

Traveling through Uzbekistan you can definitely feel the centuries old heritage of the trade along the silk road. The cities Bukhara and Samarqand are majestic and like from a storybook. The countryside is very different though and the people are a new dimension all together, please enjoy our story of the road to Samarqand. You can find [...]

My mental battle of bicycle touring

By | 6th July, 2014|Categories: Reflections, South East Turkey, Thoughts, Turkey|Tags: , , , , |

The thing that is keeping me back most on this trip is my mind... It is hard to say but my mind is really screwed up sometimes. The last three days have been the hardest days for me on this trip. I was almost ready to call it quits. My mental battle of bicycle touring, how did [...]

Central Anatolia: centuries of diversity

By | 2nd June, 2014|Categories: Ancient civilizations, Central Turkey, Hospitality, Turkey|Tags: , , , , , |

The diversity of Turkey is huge. We have left the modern city of Ankara, cycled through parts of Central Anatolia and exchanged the city for very rural and traditional areas such as Selime and small villages south of Cappadocia. We came through Mustafapasa where traditional and modern mixes with each other in a very pleasant way. All [...]

Tripreport Biking to Mum

By | 4th November, 2013|Categories: People, The Netherlands, Tripreport|Tags: , , , , , |

Before we depart on the 2nd of February we will have a few training runs on the bike. This weekend however had another important goal: giving my mum more information about our bike trip. By now she has seen our website, seen our movie about the Pyrenees trip and seen our bikes, though she still thinks we [...]

Tripreport Susanne’s Solo Bike Trip South-Netherlands

By | 9th October, 2013|Categories: The Netherlands, Tripreport|

Biking to me is a means of transport and travel. Travelling part of the world by bicycle will provide me with a lot of opportunities: The opportunity to go slow and to experience every meter; the opportunity to get close by, without the barrier of a glass window or a motor and the opportunity to challenge myself [...]