“Curiosity will conquer fear even more than bravery will.”
Have you ever been robbed or encountered other violence?
During our 15-years on the road we got robbed once, in Brazil.
The robbery didn’t stop us from staying and enjoying Brazil. In fact, it is our favorite country in South America. The media will have you believe the world is full of dangers and, yes, shit does happen. However, the reality is that we live in a world full of wonderful, hospitable people. We have met them everywhere.
How do you pay for it?
“We rob banks,” Coen will answer. The reality, however, is a different matter.
How long will you be traveling?
We don’t have an end date. This is our way of life. When we tire of it, we’ll take it from there.
What’s your favorite country?
There isn’t an overall #1, but we do have favorites.
15 years, 24 hours a day together in a car – Don’t you ever fight?
Of course we do.
We niggle over changing gears or folding the map in the right creases. It gets more serious when we are stressed. Because of heavy traffic, breakdowns of the Land Cruiser or bureaucratic hassle we can both become snappy with anxiety. Because we have no escape (in work, social life, sports – wherever you can avoid each other for a while), misunderstandings don’t have time to evolve into major conflicts and are generally solved quickly.
One time my mother noticed a recurring remark in our blog posts, which characterizes our relationship.
“After having spent some wonderful weeks with fellow overlanders (or local people) we can say from the bottom of our hearts, ‘How wonderful to be together again, just the two of us’.”
That pretty much sums up how we feel about living together so intensely.
Where do you shower?
Don’t you miss home?
Yes. Which means we don’t have a perfect life, 100% of the time.
No matter what choice you make in life, it has consequences. A nomadic lifestyle means missing out on sharing and connecting with family and close friends. And yes, sometimes that hurts.
We return to the Netherlands every year for a number of weeks and make up for lost time as best as possible.
How Many Countries Have You Visited?
Uhm, start counting, because we never do.
Do you have other questions? Fire away in the comment section below and we’ll answer them asap!