The upside-down world

I’ll say this carefully, as it is a kind of personal: I am a stay-at-home. A homester, a stickler, in bird’s terms a sparrow.

It’s actually not something you should be proud of. It’s something you should be a little ashamed of, because it’s not interesting.

On top of that I’m a little older – let’s keep it a little vague – so “in my time”(I find that such an odd expression) it wasn’t at all common to take a gap-year and go backpacking around the world, or go to Australia for 3 months. A gap-year was something people frowned upon. Because: what is that? A gap in between what?


I’m that old. I come from a long line of housewives and familymen, always home with  the whole family, playing games on saturday evening, and on sunday morning take a bath in front of the stove.

Yes! I’m that old! And that’s not even that long ago, dear readers.

This is still “my time”, even if I’m home all the time, I keep track of what people do via facebook, youtube, magazines that friends and family send me.

I have the feeling you guys go traveling all the time. You go everywhere, to B&B’s all over the world. You pack your teenage girls and a girlfriend, and go to Vietnam for a week. Or to Argentina, because the sights are so pretty. To a (Air)B&B‘s in a township in Johannesburg. To Lapland to see the aurora borealis.

I’m very impressed with this wanderlust and adventurous spirit. I don’t have that urge, but also: I’m a practical person, and when I read this I’m thinking: sheez … how long is the flight to Vietnam? Jetlag, vaccines, visas, currency exchange, mosquitonetz, what to take with you …

Going to Vietnam is already a big question, to go to Lapland to go see the aurora borealis is certainly a thing. You have to take a big suitcase, because it can get chilly there. And it’s not something you can plan properly … since natural phenomena are hard to predict.

Now I have had guests and volunteers from Vietnam, Finland, Johannesburg and Argentina.

So it’s not only old fashioned talk because:

  • in Vietnam it’s warm and humid, for most of the year, so you’re wasted because of the heat, until at night when the temperature drops a little (Linh from An-Khanh, close to Hanoi).
  • in Argentina you have to obey the rules, because when you go into the police station you don’t get out so easily. And they don’t like know-it-alls … careful dutch people! (Patricia, who lived in the extreme north and the extreme south of Argentina)
  • in Lapland it’s just cold. Outside your toes freeze off, and inside they keep a steady 30º. At least if you want to be there when you want to see the aurora borealis. And that is in the middle of winter … (Venla who now lives in the south of Finland, and used to live in the north)
  • in Johannesburg you have to know where to go and where you are. If you’re white you have to be especially careful not to go to some neighborhoods. (Abby from Johannesburg)

I’m of course happy to hear that my homeliness is sort of justified. It’s nonsense of course, I can stay at home in my own B&B‘s what I want! But it’s nice to have a story: I’m staying at home to be a good hostess for all you adventure travelers!

And I really enjoy it. I’ll hear about the world from you guys. I’m doing it the other way around:  I don’t go out into the world but the world comes to me.

Even so there are times I want to go on holidays. But that would be very different … not so much adventures, as well as relaxing com-ple-te-ly.

Next week I’ll tell you about my ideal holiday would look like.

(if you want to guess: be my guest 😉B&B?s)



We moved here in 2000 from Rotterdam, Holland to the Termas da Azenha, Portugal. A big step, especially with two small children. We are busy to rebuild one of portugal’s cultural heirlooms. Termas da Azenha, a old spa which has been turned into several holiday homes, rooms and camping ground, there’s also a swimming pool. You’ll find mosaics and paintings everywhere. The old bathhouse is a museum, where you can see how things have changed.

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