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Paris je t'aime

It's the title of a famous movie about Paris... But indeed, it's not a bad place to spend a bit of time. I spent 6 weeks in Paris to study French (for a reason that is now defunct already), and in general enjoy the vibes of the city. Although, in hindsight, I wouldn't have had to do this intensive French course, I guess it never hurts to be semi-fluent in another language and somewhere in future I might even be grateful for the time I spent studying here...

And... of course it was nice to be a student again for 6 weeks; lots of freedom, parties, meeting good people.... hang on, that sounds a lot like the last 1 years of traveling! I did, of course, also do a fair bit of sightseeing to the old Eiffel tower, Louvre and the likes.

Notre Dame Cathedral

Notre Dame Cathedral


Eiffel Tower as seen from the Seine at night

Eiffel Tower as seen from the Seine at night


Seine River

Seine River


Streets of Mont Martre

Streets of Mont Martre


Mont Martre

Mont Martre


Arc de Triomph

Arc de Triomph


LIttle french Village

LIttle french Village


Eiffel Tower

Eiffel Tower


Gardens of the palace at Versailles

Gardens of the palace at Versailles

Posted by reinder.prins 16:00 Archived in France Comments (0)

Musketeers

While in the Netherlands, I was lucky enough to be able visit my fellow musketeers in Frankfurt for a few nights of proper shenanigans!

Frankfurt main square

Frankfurt main square


Frankfurt main square

Frankfurt main square


Charles and myself in Peters party cellar

Charles and myself in Peters party cellar

Posted by reinder.prins 16:00 Archived in Germany Comments (0)

Back where it all began

Yup, indeed... After 21 months, 73.000 Kilometers and 35 countries, I am home again. For a bit, that is....

It's been an exhilarating period, with many adventures embarked upon, lovely people met, and lots of fun to be had. I had to come home to attend a wedding and see everyone I hadn't seen in a while, but also to think about my next steps in life. There's a lot of directions (literally) I can go and in a few weeks I'll know what I'll do next. What, where and when? Not sure yet, but I've had a lot of positive reactions on my blogging activities and intend to keep writing in future....

Posted by reinder.prins 16:00 Archived in Netherlands Comments (0)

Leb, light!! training at Tiger Muay Thai.

From Australia I arrived on Phuket Island, mainly known as a paradise for dirty German tourists, it is also home to some of the best Muay Thai gyms in the world. I had always wanted to gain some experience in this Martial art, and since this would also help me rehabilitate and strengthen my ankle (that I broke last year) even further, it was time to get stuck into it.

I hadn't booked anything when I arrived in the small town of Chalong, but knew that I wanted to work out at TIger gym, and they helped me find a nice room in a beautiful place called 'outback guesthouse'. Tiger was the first Muay Thai gym to open up on this street which was completely deserted when they did so 10 orso years ago. Nowadays there are 6 gyms, 9 tattoo artists, countless restaurants, lots of places offering accommodation and heaps of other small shops, all on this one street. They all tailor to the ever growing group of people who spend anywhere between a few days and a couple of years in Chalong.

Some people come here to become a professional Muay Thai fighter, some to get more boxing / Muay Thai / MMA / Jiu Jitsu or other skills, some to drop weight and others to rehab (like myself). Muay Thai boxing is an excellent sport (in my opinion) to serve all these purposes. All restaurants around cater to the fighers with special healthy meals, protein shakes, etc. I chose Tiger gym over other gyms because they offer a large variety of classes and cater for beginners to pro's. Their facilities are dilapidated though, lots of wear and tear, the rooms they offer are well run down and hygiene is very questionable with Staph infection spreading like crazy and some people finding living-maggots in their cooked chicken... But like I said before: the classes are good and the trainers excellent.

But I'd met enough people before I got here who spent time in Chalong and they recommended me to use Tiger for all classes etc. but to eat and stay somewhere else, which seems indeed to be the ideal way to go. You pay per day, week or month and can then join any number of classes you want. Mainly just limited by how tired you are. Most people take morning classes, eat, sleep, afternoon classes, eat and sleep again. 6 days per week.

My days mainly existed of Joga at 7 AM to start the day, Muay Thai from 8 to 10.30 and in the afternoon Body-fit, cross-fit or some other variety of work out. 2.5 hours were spent between warming up (running and exercises), technique, bags, sparring, bag-work, etc. After a while, all you hear is leb, light (left, right) yelled out by trainers, and students trying to hit anything as hard as they can....

Twice per week I did a special body-fit class, either running up the big Buddha hill or exercising on the beach (all with a big group), great fun and excellent workouts. I haven't done any sightseeing or partying yet though, except for the occasional trip to beach with some guys from my guesthouse... It sounds quite chilled-out, but in actuality it's extremely tiring and next to training I'm not really able to do a whole lot else!

Tiger gym

Tiger gym


Tiger gym

Tiger gym

Posted by reinder.prins 16:00 Archived in Thailand Comments (0)

A 360 of Australia

After spending exactly 360 days in Australia, my 1st working holiday visum has run out; so it's time to leave the country for now! A great year it was indeed; some of the things I've done and some things I've seen I will remember for years to come! From Cairns I flew back to Brisbane, met up with Finn again and then a few days later flew out to Phuket, Thailand from Goldcoast airport.

Posted by reinder.prins 16:00 Archived in Australia Comments (0)

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