Teckel Teun

Sailing with a dog

Traveling with a dog

april 2016

We sail with a dog on board, and have done that already for years. And it’s actually never been a problem. Except for the two years that we sailed to the Kanaaleilanden (Channel Islands). In those days we left the dog at home, because the rules in that area were just way too strict! This was still our dog Jelle, our quite oversized Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen.

He was always having a great time on board, especially when everyone was around him.

Nine out of his eleven years Jelle came with us: to Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Germany, Belgium and France. And we never felt restricted by bringing him.

After Jelle unfortunately died last January, we decided to have a new dog again. But because we are now traveling further south, we have to go there by plane first and a smaller sized dog was the next logical step. So that became our Teuntje; he’s a dachshund and he can join us in the cabin of the aircraft.

Dachshund in his travelbag

Dachshund in his travelbag


Last summer Teuntje flew with us for the first time, to La Coruña in Galicia, Spain. Straight from the plane into the bus. In a special bag for that matter, but I didn’t even think about it at all. It was never a problem: Teuntje went everywhere with us, no one ever stopped us or said something about it.

Only in Combarro we had a bad experience. Teuntje wasn’t in his bag yet when the bus arrived. So we were putting him in the bag while we got on the bus. ‘A bajo’, yelled the bus driver in a quite fierce way. So I quickly put Teun on the ground. That was clearly not what the driver wanted and he pushed us out of the bus! He wanted us to put Teuntje in the luggage room at the bottom of the bus!!

When we got out of the bus, the driver shut the doors and quickly drove off. When driving away, we looked at the bus and could see that the other passengers were quite angry at the bus driver.

We were completely astonished. How did he think of putting our puppy in the luggage room?! What a barbarian.

After this, we took a taxi, where of course there was no problem at all.

Teuntje in Sevilla

Teuntje in Sevilla


We continued sailing and arrived in Porto. We took Teuntje on the bus to the centre where we took a tour and had a tasting at a port maker. Teuntje was there all the time. At the second port tasting at Kopke we were put aside from the other people in a separate room, because of the dog… In retrospect, it turned out to actually be very kind of them. Because later we saw that dogs are not allowed to go inside buildings anywhere in Portugal…

In Lisbon we continued to happily ‘drag’ Teuntje along. On the tour buses, in the tram and taxis: no one ever mentioned anything about him. He only really wasn’t allowed to get in buildings with us. Not in stores, restaurants, and also not in shopping malls, which was sometimes a bit tricky. Especially with two adolescent girls who love shopping. When we carried him around in his bag, people sometimes pretended as if they didn’t see him.

Dog in the travelbag in the train

Dog in the travelbag in the train

Back in Spain, Andalusia this time

April 2016.
We had just come from a great sailing trip from Vilamoura to Mazagon. The plan is to go to Seville tomorrow, where we booked a dog friendly hotel.

The only thing now is, that it seems very difficult to get from Mazagon to Seville. Everyone in Mazagon says that dogs are not allowed on buses. On Google we find out that it is indeed possible to bring a dog on the bus, but they will have to go in the luggage room. And we will of course not do that.

Luckily we found out that dogs are allowed on the train, but to go by train, we must first go to Mazagon Huelva. And there’s only one train in that direction at 7:00 am and one at 15:00 pm.
Renting a car seems to be another option. But it is low season and it turns out that the car rental company won’t answer his phone anymore because it’s Saturday afternoon… Bummers!

Keep on trying

We decide that we will just pretend that we are not aware of the rules. In the end, when we really didn’t know, we would always just bring Teuntje without checking. We said nothing and asked nothing and just took him. We’re going to just try to take the bus at 10:00 am. In case it doesn’t work, we can still take a taxi to Huelva. That will cost us 25 euros though.

Plaza Espana

Plaza Espana

Christmas vacation on the boat in Lagos

Christmas vacation on the boat in Lagos

Christmas in Lagos

In December, we will go back to the boat, which is still in Lagos. Luckily our Christmas holiday starts early this year, because we want to be back on New Year’s Eve to celebrate with our friends. Dad would like be back too, because he wants to celebrate Christmas with family. Mom would have liked to stay away the entire Christmas holiday, but now we will go the week before Christmas and we fly back to the Netherlands on the first day of Christmas, very early in the morning.

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Pippi Longstocking as an example?

Pippi Longstocking, what can we learn from her?

Keep learning and developing. When you’re young, you do that automatically. Pippi Longstocking has an open view towards the world. This quote is amazing! Take it as an example 🙂

Ik heb het nog nooit gedaan, dus ik denk dat ik het wel kan

Translation: ‘I have never done it before, so I suppose I can do it.’


Wannabe meets “pro”

Wannabe meets ‘pro’
Early May
After reading the book ‘Handboek voor Wereldburgers’ (freely translated into ‘Handbook for World Citizens’) written by Esther Jacobs, I get even more excited. Esther is a Digital Nomad. She has no fixed place of living, but resides, works and lives in different places in the world. Thanks to cheap tickets and technological developments, she can live and work wherever she wants. She has written several books about it, magazines write about her life and lifestyle regularly and she gives workshops. Her books are full of useful tips for people like her.
I want that too!
For a long time, I also thought about becoming a ‘global citizen’, but sometimes life takes you elsewhere. The book of Esther inspired me tremendously: such a life appeals to me too! I love to travel and now that the children are older, it’s easier to leave home. Also, I like to work and I want to continue to do so over the next 20 years. So preferably, I will not wait to start traveling more until after my 67th birthday. At this moment I’m still fit. Moreover, my work doesn’t necessarily have to be done on site.
Taking steps
The upcoming months I will be taking steps to develop myself in the digital field of work. I’m participating in a course in SEO writing and in the meantime learning a lot about SEO in general.
I watch webinars and tutorials on different topics within online marketing, I attend a WordPress and MailChimp course and a website about our life aboard of our sailboat Morgane of Sark will actually be a fact soon too!

Working on the road
Location independent work
Meanwhile, I have been reading more deeply into the phenomenon ‘Digital Nomad’ and location independent working. I would like to do more with this movement on a professional level. Would there already be a recruitment agency for location independent work? All kinds of ideas go through my head at the same time. How do I go about this? Who can I talk to about this freely? With Esther Jacobs of course!
I decide to schedule a resultant session with Esther Jacobs.
Interview with Esther
We meet on a sunny terrace in Amsterdam. It turns into a very nice and useful conversation. Besides that, Esther is also just a very likeable person. Now that I have a better idea in mind of what I want to achieve and how I want to organize my life, it’s nice to be able to express it. Talking about it makes plans more concrete.
Which is also one of the main recommendations Esther gives me: bring your plans and ideas out there. Stay close to yourself and make yourself visible. Share your ideas and insights. Also describe the search that you are going through at the moment to achieve your future goals. When people know that you want to set up something in the field of location independent work, they can approach you. In case they have questions or more information for you, but perhaps also to cooperate and to contribute ideas.
So.. that’s the way we are going to do it! In the upcoming articles you can read how I’m doing, going from being a ‘wannabe’ to a real Digital Nomad. Maybe you can learn a thing or two from the things I’m learning while I’m at it. I’ll share my path either way and I hope there will be useful tips for you.

Meeting with Esther Jacobs, the "most famous dutch digital nomad"

presentation Esther Jacobs at Knowmads


We have been to Seville for two days. What a lovely, lively and pleasant city! We highly recommend it.
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Up to the future


January 2016: I’m still 49,5 years old now….

Oh dear, this year I’ll turn fifty. And that will put me a in a different target group marketing wise. Banners of Tena Lady and life insurance companies will soon pop up on my computer screen when being online. And I will be officially adding up to the ageing of the Dutch labour market.

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On the way to Lagos

On the way to Lagos

Early in the morning we left for Faro. We would like to see more of the Algarve before we depart for the Mediterranean in June. Under Faro is a kind of tidal area and the border river between Spain and Portugal seems to be wonderful. In the autumnbreak with the girls, the Southern wind was too strong to sail. And during the Christmas break we only sailed to Portimao and back. Which was, by the way, a wonderful sailing trip!
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Wannabe Digital Nomad

Wannabe Digital Nomad


February 2016

How I became a Wannabe Digital Nomad

Are you no digital specialist, just like me? But do you want to know how apps, tools and technology can make your life easier and more free? Then read along during my search for possibilities to become a Digital Nomad. Read more

Île d’Yeu

Île d’Yeu, an amazing island!

From Merel

In 2014 we sailed along the French Westcoast. One of my favorites was Ile d’Yue.
Île d’Yeu is an island just before the French coast. It was very nice and relaxed. Everywhere were colored, old-fashioned little cars. Read more