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I was born in Eeklo, Belgium, on June 29th, 1964. In 1988 I decided it was time to move to ‘the big city’, so I left Eeklo for Gent – a whopping 20 km away! Mind you, most Belgians perceive distance slightly different from the rest of the world; it is after all a rather tiny country. Three years later, in 1991, I left Gent to go to London to live and work; for about 2 years. Or at least that was the initial plan. But fate had something else in store for me… On my way to London I met a Kiwi called Stephen…

 

I was born in Cambridge, New Zealand in 1967. At age 10, I left New Zealand with my parents to go and live in Perth, Australia. And then at age 18, returned from Aussie to complete University in Auckland New Zealand. England beckoned, and the travel adventures started in earnest. In 1991, on my way from London to a jazz festival in Belgium, I met Caroline..

 

We became good friends. In 1992 we traveled to Africa together and on returning to London in 1993 we moved in together. In 1996 – Caroline had been in London for about 4.5 years, Stephen for 5 years – we packed all our worldly possessions in 13 boxes and a poster roll and moved to Sydney, Australia. Before settling in Sydney, where we eventually bought a home, we spent 4 months in Perth. New horizons and opportunities beckoned again in 2000 when we sold our home and moved to San Francisco. This time we filled half a container. A few weeks after arriving in the US we got married in Las Vegas. We have been in San Francisco ever since; it became our home and we love it there!.

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Gnålodden and Burgerbukta
August 15, 2018

Wednesday August 15th, 2018   Last expedition day. We landed at Gnålodden for a free stroll around the base of the bird cliff. The guides had set up a secure perimeter, so we did not need armed escorts constantly following us around. We visited a trappers hut and just enjoyed the majestic scenery. The idea […]

Pyramiden
August 14, 2018

Tuesday, August 14th, 2018   We visited the now abandoned township of Pyramiden. This was a soviet era mining community with all the trappings. Now it is home to 10 residents who are available to provide tours and run the local hotel. This would have been quite the place during its “golden era”.     […]

Longyearbyen
August 14, 2018

Monday, August 13th, 2018 Up early for morning activities. Caroline went on a fat bike tour around town and along the old road to the airport. The bike guide of course had a riffle, because that is what you do when you cycle around Longyearbyen. Stephen visited coal mine number l. This coal mine has […]

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