“Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.”
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
Karin-Marijke and Coen are Dutch citizens who gave up the rat race for a life on the road in 2003. Both grew up in the east of the Netherlands, 10 kilometers apart, but never met at the time. Both went to highschool in their hometown, played field hockey, owned a bicycle to go from A to B, and left home at the age of 17. Another 17 years passed, and they met.
After highschool Karin-Marijke flew to the U.S. to be an exchange student, studied French in Nantes for a year, and returned to the Netherlands to obtain a Bachelor Degree in Hotel Management.
She never worked in a hotel but for an in-house catering company in different management and troubleshooting functions until she started this journey in 2003.
She had a busy life socializing, playing squash, reading books, tending her (vegetable) garden, walking her Bernese Mountain dogs, and maintaining a 150-year-old house in a hamlet.
Coen took a train to the south of the Netherlands, studied drawing in an art college and specialized in commercial design.
He worked as an art director for an advertising company for a couple of years and then decided he would do better on his own. By working seven hours a week as a postman he made enough money to pay his bills so he could pick the jobs he really liked to satisfy his graphic-design passion.
He is a board game fanatic (particularly The Settlers of Catan), loves motorcycles, his Mac, food, the sauna, nature, and design.
Karin-Marijke and Coen share their lives and their journey but not everything is done by both.
Karin-Marijke is the writer, planner, the financial director, managing director, warehouse manager, housekeeper, and cooks lunch and dinner.
Coen is the photographer, art director, driver, communication manager, mechanic, and cooks breakfast.
They work as a freelance duo, sharing their stories and photographs with car, travel, and food magazines.
How they manage to have lived together24/7 without killing each other for 16+ years on the road? Here’s the story.