Mindblown: a blog about philosophy.

  • When your next adventure is around the corner…

    When your next adventure is around the corner…

    … you keep calm and pack! At least that’s what normal people do, I heard. For me it will be a last minute packing with a “oh no I forgot this or that” situation at a later stage. What can I say? I dislike packing as much as I dislike unpacking. 315 days since we…

  • That time when we watched Golden monkeys eat Irish potatoes in Kinigi, Rwanda…

    That time when we watched Golden monkeys eat Irish potatoes in Kinigi, Rwanda…

    While our journey to Mr & Mrs. has been packed with excitement and challenges (2 weeks exactly today until we say “I do”! Ahhhhhhhhhh), traveling was not forgotten along the way. Au contraire, having found my match 5 years ago in Bolivia (another “wanderluster” with the ambition to conquer this world, country by country), our…

  • A day dedicated to remembrance in Kigali

    A day dedicated to remembrance in Kigali

    The way you cannot go to Krakow without going to Auschwitz, you cannot visit Kigali without educating yourself about the Rwandan genocide that took place in 1994. We had decided to learn and pay tribute to the fallen innocents by visiting the Kigali Genocide Memorial (KGM) and the church in Nyamata. Yes, those two days…

  • Our bus journeys in the world: from hell to heaven! 

    Our bus journeys in the world: from hell to heaven! 

    Funny enough it seems like yesterday when M and I embarked on an exciting adventure to explore 9 Latin American countries together. It is very hard for us to believe that we are now on a complete different chapter, exploring the magical African continent. After many laughs, doubts, tears and incredible encounters, we left Latin…

  • Murchison Falls National Park – the place  where we were in for a treat or two!

    Murchison Falls National Park – the place where we were in for a treat or two!

    In Uganda, we have had countless wildlife encounters but we had yet to meet a corrupted cop. It didn’t take long after we left Gulu for one to spot us with “tourist” written on our car. Poor Justus was pulled over for taking over a slow truck. We carefully took it over after 1) 4…

  • A day in Kampala

    A day in Kampala

    Our adventure with Acacia came quickly to an end and we were dropped off on the side of the road in the outskirts of Kampala City. Without any accommodation booked, we were pretty flexible and we decided to join the Belgian-Dutch couple we had befriended on the tour. The 4 of us jumped in the…

  • Kidepo Valley National Park: our fun and adventurous Ugandan Northern adventure

    Kidepo Valley National Park: our fun and adventurous Ugandan Northern adventure

    We were once again faced with a dilemma: 2 buses, a boda boda, 2 days on the road eating dust for 525 kilometers… or hire a driver with a car to take us to Kidepo Valley. It felt strange and slightly decadent to hire a driver but after doing some research, it genuinely seemed the…

  • “This makes perfectly sense to follow something that can kill you”

    “This makes perfectly sense to follow something that can kill you”

    Water? Packed! Food? Packed! Camera? Ready! Sense of adventure? Packed! Reaching the Ruschaga station early morning after 2 hours driving through a mystic and thick mist, we had absolutely no idea what to expect. Our group of 7 enthusiastic gorillas trekkers was simply happy to be here, able to get a chance to face a…

  • Lake Bunyoni or when life grants us a holiday from our backpacking trip, bliss!

    Lake Bunyoni or when life grants us a holiday from our backpacking trip, bliss!

    Holidays… this was our first thought when we arrived at our campground on the shores of Lake Bunyoni. It looked so peaceful, we almost felt like we had suddenly ended up in Ticino, the Italian part of Switzerland. We were looking forward to relaxing and having a swim in the lake after our “short” 6-hours…

  • “Robert, I believe this chimp just peeed on us”

    “Robert, I believe this chimp just peeed on us”

    After our 6-month trip from last year, I considered retiring from backpacking and as I wrote a few months ago, I even thought my wanderlust was gone! It didn’t take us long to realize that we were actually missing the adrenalin of backpacking, its uncertainty and its rewards. Our wanderlust was outraged by our lack…

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