For many countries, it is wise to inform yourself about the need for vaccinations and to take those that are recommended. Here is something to consider: don’t wait until the last week before you get them. It may save you from having to postpone your trip at the last moment. … More Vaccinations and when to get them
A major item on our to-do lists has been the application of a one-year visa for volunteer work. Yesterday, we went to the migration office bracing for the impact of endless queues, grumpy bureaucrats and Kafkaesque referrals from one desk to another. It was not that bad, and at points even fun and pleasant. … More The visa bureaucracy : not that bad
Yesterday night, at around 17.00 local time we landed at Juan Santamaria International airport, close to San José, the capital of Costa Rica. After getting through passport control, luggage collection and check and finding a taxi, we arrived to our new home for the coming week. That was two in the morning in the Netherlands. … More We made it!
About a year before the starting date of the sabbatical, there are a number of things that one can start doing in preparation for the sabbatical. Our one year-before to-do list includes the following items: Prepare the wish list with all the things that we ideally like to do during the sabbatical Brainstorm with partner … More To do one year before
Why? Could you go on holidays to a country where you don’t speak the language? It depends on the country but often you can, definitely if you stay in more or less touristic areas. Could you stay there for a year without speaking the language? Perhaps yes, but your life will be much better if … More Aprendiendo español
Cristina and I have done quite some travels in our joint and separate pasts. One practicality that we share is the use of lists to prepare for the trips: packing lists, to-do lists, last-day-preparations lists and last-minute lists. We use them now too to prepare for the sabbatical. The sabbatical wish list is just one … More Lists, lists, lists …