Welcome to my blog

“Early in our travels, we decided to start our Follow the Adventure blog to document our experiences, share how we get the most out of life, broaden our horizons, open our hearts, and have fun!”

e-Coaching as a Game Changer

September 10 2021

The world is changing. Our clients are changing. Technology is developing faster than we can adapt, and with it, a new generation of coaching clients is emerging. It's time to reinvent coaching!

Become a certified e-Coach

September 09 2021

Are you interested to try something new? Learn new coaching skills? Coach from any place, anywhere at any time? Try e-Coaching! Subscribe now to the next e-Coaching Certification course. Start Sept 22

FollowtheAdventure is live!

September 05 2021

The new FollowtheAdventure website is live! There is a Dutch song called “I dance, so I exist”. Today I feel more like “I have a website, so I exist”

Roadblock ahead

August 24 2021

Follow the Adventure is actually a great metaphor for life. When you follow an adventure you are in for surprises. For unexpected vistas that suddenly appear around a corner.

Released! From quarantine into isolation

July 31 2021

The two weeks hotel based quarantine have finally come to an end. Today we were released and...

Half Way!

July 25 2021

They say that time flies when you are having fun. Well, I can’t say time is flying right now exactly, but little by little it did pass and here we are: 7 day’s done, 7 day’s to go.

Seaview please…

July 20 2021

n our last blog I wrote how uncomfortable it can be not to know where you are taken to for quarantine. It made me almost wish that we could simply return to the same room from last year..

Destination unknown

July 18 2021

I’m writing this blog while flying somewhere above Ulan Bator, Mongolia. After 4 wonderful weeks in the Netherlands, where we submerged ourselves in the warm and loving embraces of our friends...

From quarantine to quarantine

June 12 2021

It has not yet been a full year since we were released from our Chinese quarantine in Nanjing, it’s been just over 9 months. But with the first school-year coming to an end, it actually feels like...

To be decided…

May 23 2021

Now that I have reached the milestone of becoming a certified coach, I wonder: is playtime over? Surely I have to get out “there” now. Find customers. Get more practice. Start my business… brrrr.

Celebrating a milestone

April 20 2021

Every journey has it’s milestones. Early 2009 we did a road-trip in Argentina and drove from Buenos Aires all the way south to Ushuaia, to the “end of the world”.

What’s in a name?

March 15 2021

Anyone who has ever worked with Chinese people in an international setting might recognize the habit of Chinese taking on an international name.

Happy Ox Year!

February 18 2021

Chinese New Year is well known all over the world. But what is it really about? We celebrated our first CNY in China and got to experience it ourselves.

Living below the Yangtze

February 03 2021

It’s one thing to live out of a suitcase filled with summer clothes when winter is coming. It’s another thing to find out early morning that your classroom does not have a heating system.

Happy New Year…“Pffjss”

January 01 2021

At the end of 2020, how I would love to be able to say: “The End”. “The End” to a year unlike any other. “The End” to a global pandemic which is still impacting so many lives today.

Funniest Home Deliveries

December 09 2020

Visiting the supermarket can be somewhat of an ordeal here in Changshu. Mainly because most of them are very local oriented. While we slowly manoeuvre our shopping cart

Serious Business

November 23 2020

After many months of taking it easy, enjoying life in the Netherlands and preparing for China we are now getting fully back on track. It’s time for serious business – back to work!

Cultural differences in the classroom

October 29 2020

Who would have ever thought that I would get back into a classroom? After my internship at my previous High School back in 2000, I kind of swore I would never do that again.

Back to our roots

October 14 2020

When Hendrik Willem got the job offer for UWC Changshu last November (which seems like ages ago!) we soon realized that Changshu is not a big international city like Shanghai. So the question I got...

Out and about

October 07 2020

Last Tuesday we were finally released from the long period of quarantine and home isolation. After 21 days in “confinement” and 4 negative Covid tests , we got the green light on a very sunny..

Finally home (well, almost…!)

September 30 2020

After 14 days in quarantine in a dark hotelroom in Nanjing, we finally arrived at the campus of UWC in Changshu! Our new home!

Quarantine in China: 14 days on 30 sqm …..Will we finally be released??

September 28 2020

Today at 10.30 our quarantine will end. Finally!! Yesterday I spent my Sunday as usual, with one big difference: I packed my bags! And this morning I was so full of energy that I got up early and..

Quarantine in China: Day #11, #12 & #13

September 26 2020

Because… We are really getting bored with the view I would really like to sit on a normal chair for a change HW is running out of series to watch..

Quarantine in China Day #08, #09 & #10

September 24 2020

Whoever thinks that the Chinese are very strict and not into anything should maybe spent some time around them. Even without really understanding each other, they are fun,

Quarantine in China day #06 & #07

September 20 2020

Yes! We past the first week! One more week left in solitary quarantine in a Chinese hotel room… It better be a once-in-a-lifetime-experience!

Quarantine in China Day #04 & #05

September 19 2020

Hang on Little Tomato…That is the name of a sweet and comforting song from Pink Martini, which my sister shared with me.

Quarantine in China Day #02 & #03

September 16 2020

Waking up from a deep, deep sleep by someone who is yelling at your door that there is breakfast…. Welcome in quarantine!

Quarantine in China Day#01 (14/09)

September 15 2020

After a so called uneventful trip we arrived yesterday morning in Nanjing, China. The airport was empty apart from our arrival and the process of getting documents cleared out..

Here we go!

September 13 2020

A long time ago we tried to travel to China. It must have been somewhere in May 1999 and we were backpacking through South East Asia. Our plan was to travel from Vietnam into China and take...

Save the date

September 02 2020

While I am not superstitious I am somewhat in doubt if I should write this post or not. For sure, our friends are all eager to hear any update about our upcoming move to China…

Living the Slow Life

August 12 2020

It’s been a while! Reason being that there is not so much exciting to report. We wanted to follow the adventure and ended up living the slow life.

Life has a funny way

July 06 2020

Sometimes life has a funny way to throw you something interesting. Something totally unexpected. Something you never even thought about. Something that makes you smile like a little boy or girl..


June 02 2020

Every now and then a thought pops into my head. It happens at those moments when I feel down and troubled. When I am tired of the nothingness and insecurity of our situation.

The Reflection Episode

May 12 2020

If this had indeed been a Netflix series we would have lost many viewers after the climax of season 1. For the simple reason that season 2 is horribly boring so far. We are indulging in nothingness..

Winding down Episode

April 11 2020

A little over 1 week ago we left Dubai in a whirlwind of stress, anxiety and insecurity. It was not a farewell we anticipated, but many people have found themselves in similar situations recently.

Leaving Dubai Episode

April 01 2020

In the Old World we would drive to Sharjah tomorrow, to catch the ferry to Iran and drive our way home from there with our FJ. In the Old World our last days in Dubai would have been filled...

The Corona Episode

March 27 2020

How else can we name an update that is controlled by the one thing that keeps the whole world in a firm grip right now?? Corona. Once a lovely light beer, now the invisible enemy that got the world...

The labyrinth episode

February 29 2020

Since recently it feels we find ourselves in a constant changing labyrinth. A Corona Virus Labyrinth to be clear.

The Consul episode

February 15 2020

When she entered his office she looked a bit tense, chattering away at his assistent who had let her in. He was the Consul, he knew had that effect on people.

A time to learn

February 09 2020

Who would have thought that preparing for a road trip is actually one big learning experience? And yes, a frustrating one at times.

Four seasons in 2020

January 09 2020

It’s not too often that a year seems almost laid out ahead of you, from one season to another. It’s like being in a Netflix series; you know it will exist of at least 4 seasons...