while travelling
About myself and me

When I was 5 years old I went out on a hitchhiking trip. My parents told me this, I can’t remember. I was born in Uden in 1949. Uden was at that time a little village in the beautiful province Noord Brabant in the Netherlands. As long as my memory goes I dreamt about traveling. When the summer vacations were coming and we went to Italy with the family I did that trip a 100 times in my mind even before my father started the car. I wanted to see the world so badly that I rather draw maps than doing my homework for school. Schools and I were not a happy combination and I got kicked of almost every high school I attended. Finally I went to Art school and there I got my degree.
Hitchhiking became a habit and in the sixties I travelled all over Europe that way. In 1970 I made my first trip overseas and went to the United States. Very unusually for those times and followed by South Korea and Japan in 1974. After that nobody could stop me from going away as much as possible. A two year trip supposed to go around the world in 1982 did bring me to Asia, Australia,  New Zealand and back to Asia. Asia settled in my hart and it is still my favorite continent in this beautiful world. I spend altogether five years in Asian countries. By now I travelled to 129 countries. That is by far not the whole world but I prefer to visit the countries thoroughly. I visited Thailand 69 times for instance and there are only a few countries that I visited only briefly. But there are still needs enough.

In my many travels I photograph a lot, almost daily. But sometimes I deliberately go out without my camera. I walk and look and I see only. There are of course many moments of regret but more of resignation, I can not and will not capture anything, anytime.

Countries visited - World (129)

Albania (1) - Andorra (1) - Argentina (3) - Armenia (1) - Aruba (1) - Australia (4) - Austria (++) - Bahamas (1) - Bahrein (1) - Bangladesh (1) - Belgium (++) - Benin (1) - Bhutan (1) - Bonaire (2) - Brazil (4) - Brunei (1) - Bosnia and Herzogovina (1) -Bolivia (2) - Bulgaria (3) - Cambodia (4) - Canada (2) - Cape Verde (1) - Chile (2) - China (9) - Colombia (1) - Croatia (3) - Cuba (1) - Curaçao (4) - Chech Republic (4) - Denmark (4) - Ecuador (1)- Egypt (1) - Estonia (1) - Ethiopia (1) - Faeröer (1) - Finland (1) - France (++) - Georgia (1) - Germany (++) - Gibraltar (1) - Greece (5) - Guam (1) - Guatamala (1) - Guadeloupe (1) - Hongary (6) - Hongkong (5) - Ireland (2) - Iceland (2) - India (8) - Indonesia (7) - Italy (++) - Iran (1) - Japan (8) - Jordan (2) - Kazachstan (1) - Kenya (2) - Kyrgystan (1) - Laos (4) - Latvia (1) - Lebanon (1) - Liechtenstein (1) - Lithuania (1) - Luxembourg (++) - Macao (1) - Macedonia (1) - Madagascar (1) - Malaysia (9) - Malawi (1) - Morocco (2) - Montenegro (1) - Marchall Islands (1) - Nothern Mariana Islands (1) - Mexico (4) - Micronesia (1) - Moldavo (2) - Monaco (6) - Mongolia (2) - Mozambique (1) - Myanmar (9) - Namibia (1) - Nepal  (4) - New Zealand (1) - Norway (3) - Oman (1) - Paaseiland (1) - Pakistan (2) - Palau (1) - Panama (1) - Papua New Guinea (1) - Paraguay (1) - Peru (3) - Philippines (4) -- Poland (5) - Portugal (5) - Puerto Rico (1) - Réunion (1) - Romania (3) - Russia(2) - San Marino (1) - Schotland (4) - Serbia (3) - Singapore (9) - Slovenia (2) -  Slovakia (2)  - South Africa (4) -  South Korea (4) - Spain (++) - Sri lanka (1) - Suriname (1) - Sweden (3) - Swaziland (1) - Switserland (++) - Taiwan (1) - Tanzania (1) - Thailand (69) - Transnistrië (1) - Tunisia (1) - Turkey (7) - Ukraine (4) - United Arab Emirates (2) - United Kingdom (++) - United States (49) - Uruguay (1) - Uzbekistan (1) -Vatican City (10) - Venezuela (1) - Vietnam (5) - Zambia (1) - Zimbabwe (1)

Africa (17)

Benin (1) - Cape Verde (1) - Egypt (1) - Ethiopia (1) - Kenya (2) - Madagascar (1) - Malawi (1) - Morocco (2) - Mozambique (1) - Namibia (1) - Réunion (1) - Tanzania (1) - Tunesia (1) - South Africa (4) - Swaziland (1) - Zambia (1) - Zimbabwe (1)

Asia (33)

Bahrein (1) - Bangladesh (1) - Bhutan (1) - Brunei (1) - Cambodia (4) - China (9) - Hongkong (5) - India (8) - Indonesia (7) - Iran (1) - Japan (8) - Jordan (2) - Kazachstan (1) - Kirgizstan (1) - Laos (4) - Libanon (1) - Macao (1) - Maleisia (9) - Mongolia (2) - Myanmar (9) - Nepal  (4) - Oman (1) - Pakistan (2) - Philippines (4) - Singapore (9) - South Korea (4) - Sri lanka (1) - Thailand (69) - Turkey (5) - United Arab Emirates (2) - Uzbekistan (1) - Vietnam (5)

Europe (47)

Albania (1) - Andorra (1) - Armenia (1) - Austria (++) - Belgium (++) - Bosnia and Herzogovina (1) - Bulgaria (3) - Chech Republic (4) - Croatia (3) - Denmark (4) - Estland (1) - Faeröer (1) - Finland (1) - France (++) - Georgia (1) - Greece (5) - Germany (++) - Hongary (5) - Ireland (2) - Iceland (2) - Italy (++) - Letland (1) - Liechtenstein (1) - Litouwen (1) - Luxemburg (++) - Macedonia (1) - Moldavia (2) - Monaco (6) - Montenegro (1) - Norway (3) - Poland (5) - Portugal (5) - Romania (3) - Russia (2) - San Marino (1) - Scotland (4) - Serbia (3) - Slovenia (2) - Slovakia (2) - Sweden (3) - Switserland (++)  •  Spain (++) - Transnistrië (1) - United Kingdom (++) -  Ukraine (4) - Vatican City (10)

North en Middle America (12)

Bahama’s (1) - Canada (2) - Cuba (1) - Curaçao, Aruba en Bonaire (4) - Guatamala (1) - Guadeloupe (1) - Mexico (4) - Panama (1) - Puerto Rico (1) - United States (49)

South America (11)

Argentina (3) - Bolivia (2) - Brasil (4) - Chili (2) - Colombia (1) - Ecuador (1) - Paraguay (1) - Peru (3) - Surinam (1) - Uruguay (1) - Venuzuela (1)

Oceanië (10)

Australië (4) - Guam (1) - Marchall Islands (1) - Mariana’s (1) - Micronesia (1) - New Zeeland (1) - Easter Island (1) - Palau (1) - Papua Nieuw Guinea (1) -