In my opinion, there’s really only one way to see the Netherlands – yes, it is a two wheeled wedgy-inducing, self-powered contraption. For some time, I had dreamt of cycling and camping around the Netherlands, I imaged myself frolicking through green fields and past stone windmills, hair in plaits, sporting a pair of clogs. I’m kidding – no such images existed. But whatever my expectations were, it didn’t matter, as my time in Holland went above and beyond any ideas I may have had. You see, there is something strangely liberating about cycling into the unknown. I had never done anything remotely like this. After a drenched tent, spending (however many) days living off a pathetic diet, developing barrel sized quads and forming dreadlocks, I can safely say it is an experience that any soul-searching nomad must do.
Between having to think about packing for health, hygiene and comfort, there is a lot to remember. Have a read of my list. Here is ten items that you will always find in my backpack. Don’t get caught out – pack carefully!
An expensive addiction: Switzerland (obviously): Switzerland has a raging economy. And I have a raging addiction to caffeine, especially in the form of diet coke. It was a desperate a situation, my withdrawals were at a peak. There was only one place to buy diet coke, it was priced at a shocking 10 Australian dollars, it’s not something that I am not proud of… But yes, I paid $10 for 150mL of diet coke.
Hello there. So to start with, I think we should all leave our current lives, and run away to the Swiss Alps. You see my recent time there has taught me a few things. Firstly, I will never be as fit as the 80 year old local alpine women. Secondly, yodelling is in fact a real thing (never underestimate a yodeller). Another thing I learnt, and wish I hadn’t, was that going for a dip in a glacial stream, is never a good idea. But I think it was the random lady on the side of a mountain face (whose name was probably Gretal or Heidi – lets go with Gretal), that taught me my most treasured lesson. I’ll tell you a bit about the importance of Gretal. Read More