Wednesday, 2 April 2014


Since the beginning of the year I have been working on a cultural food blog with my friend Patty van der Aa. As a journalist, she takes care of the wording, while I focus on the images. It's still a work in progress but yesterday we launched our first posts!

Our blog What Mom Would Cook focusses on the stories behind the dishes. Dishes your mother made when you where growing up and that still bring you comfort till this day.

Unfortunately it's just in Dutch for now, but we'll hope to provide an English translation in the future. We are always looking for people that are willing to share their stories on our blog. So if you are living near Amsterdam feel free to contact us!

Wednesday, 12 March 2014


Last weekend we went to the Scheepvaart Museum (Maritiem Museum) as part of our new resolution to go out and see more of the sights our lovely city has to offer. Boy, have museums changed from when I was a child. These days everything is much more interactive.

 We found the museum itself pretty interesting and learned lots of new things about our seafaring history. And while you are there anyway, the museum restaurant Stalpaert is pretty good.

The above pictures were all taken with my new Samsung EX2F compact camera. I purchase it because I find my DSLR too heavy to carry around on little trips like this, but I still like to have a camera around that can give me pretty good image quality.

Sunday, 23 February 2014


I met Maarten during the Amsterdam-Dakar Challenge 3 years ago and he has been a friend ever since. Last year he started his own business called TripGems. TripGems is a very handy website where people can leave their travel tips and find those 'hidden gems' left by others.
There is so much travel wisdom among travellers about what is hot and what is not, we believe we can unlock this value by providing a platform that works fast and is easily accessible everywhere.
 Check out TripGems and check out my travel tips there if you like!