Tag: Been there, done that!November 16, 2015
Which countries in the world have you visited?
France (x4), Czech-Republic, Malta, Belgium (x2), United Kingdom(x3), Germany (x5)
Which destination is at the top of your bucket list? In other words: where do you REALLY want to go some day?
Absolutely Egypt. I really want to go to Valley of the Kings and old Caïro. But Egypt isn't safe to travel to at the moment, so I guess I have to put it on the back burner. Norway is another destination I'd love to go to, and also Mauritius.
Definitely a cultural holiday. When I travel, I want to see something of the culture of the country I am in, taste the culture, hear the culture, feel the culture. Is there a beautiful blue ocean and white sandy beach? Ofcourse I'll visit it and swim in it, but not all the time. I like to be active, hunt adventure.
Which place did you find so special, that you want to visit it again?
Montribourg in France. We had a rented a huge rural French house in the middle of nowhere in the forest. It was só desolate. The people living in a town nearby even closed their windows when you walked through the streets and were still drewing water from a well. It all felt very medieval-like, a bit like we ended up in the Twilight Zone.
Have you ever been sent to a nice location for work? If so, where?
Not really for work, but for a model job: I had a photoshoot in an abandoned factory in Germany somewhere in 2009.
With whom do you usually travel?
The person I have a relationship with; I love to explore a country together.
With whom do you ever want to go on a vacation? (this can be anyone: family, friend(s) or famous person)
No famous person, that's for sure, because I don't like travelling with a person that I don't know personally. But I love to travel with the love of my life, and so we do.
Who, or what, would you take to a desert island?
A survival kit and my boyfriend, the love of my life, Ben (who knows a lot of survival).
Have you ever been to a vacation in your own country?
Yes I've been on a vacation in Terschelling, Zeeland (x2) and Paasloo. All in the Netherlands.
Would you rather go to a theme park or a zoo?
I'd rather go to neither of the two. Both have too many people packed together, plus I don't like zoo's because of the caged animals.
Would you rather have a winter- or sun vacation?
Both have their charms. But imagine a long day in the snow and at the end of the day get warm with a hot drink in a cute log cabin in the woods. I've had sun vacations before but never a winter vacation, so for a change I'd go for that for now. I actually love both and can not choose.
What is your best holiday memory?
Actually a lot, but, foodie that I am, I love the memories of eating typical cuisines of the countries I travelled to. For instance: in Prague I had the best dumplings ever, in Malta I tasted swordfish and rabbit (both before I became a vegetarian, and the rabbit was absolutely horrible because the rabbit's skull lay in a big splash of tomato and bean mush), in Antwerp I had the most delicious Gofre's (Belgian sugar waffles), which are sold on the street, and in Newcastle and London I ate elaborate English breakfasts (with the most horrible coffee, I must say, sorry Britons) and in France I regularly ate perfect and freshly baked, warm croissants.
But also my best travel memories are of visiting well-known architectural buildings, such as the astronomical clock on the old town square in Prague, the Big Ben and Tower Bridge in London, The Grand Masters Palace in Valetta in Malta, the St.Paul's church in Rabat in Malta, Guild buildings and the Cathedral of Our lady in Antwerp, et cetera.
What is your least nice holiday memory?
When I was in Malta I was swimming in that beautiful clear blue sea, but was stung by a jelly fish twice on one of my buttocks. It hurt a lot and later it started to itch. The worst itch I ever felt. I went crazy, especially since I didn't want to scratch my buttock ever two minutes. It started to itch so bad that, after a week of being back in my own country, I had to go to the ER because it started to itch again and swell horribly.
Well, 2015 is almost to its end and, sadly, I will not be travelling to any countries anymore this year.
Where would you never go on holiday?
I don't really say no to any country, because I really love to travel and see something of the world. But I would never go to touristic hotspots where a lot of people from my own country are. When I am in a foreign country, I really don't want to hear any Dutch language spoken, or smell and eat Dutch cuisine. Many Dutch people are very fond of places in, for example, Spain where every Dutch tourist and their mother flock together, lay on the beach with other Dutch people, eat typical Dutch cuisine they can also eat when they're at home. No, that's so not me!