Thank you!

Posted by on 3 January 2013

Let me start by thanking everybody who helped me in anyway, those who have taken time out of their lives and made this trip an unforgettable adventure. I hope that someday I will be able to show some of you or fellow country(wo)men the same hospitality.

I realize that I am very fortunate to have been able to make such an extensive trip but I can only encourage others to do the same. The world is still filled with lovely and helpful people.

It has been 4 weeks since I came back. Although it is great being back with my girlfriend, sleep in my own bed and not have to pack my bags every morning, I am still adjusting. Life has not stopped here and waited for me to be back. Not only I have been through a lot but a lot has happened here too. And this is a weird feeling. I somehow have to find my place back into the life I used to live (although it has been only 98 days). The thing is I am not sure I want to….

As I mentioned before the world is full of nice, kind, lovely and helpful people but it is run by some selfish, corrupt, greedy, power hungry assholes.

With every political, religious, military and corporate action you have to ask yourself, who benefits from this?

Someone’s loss/pain/misery is always another’s gain and this does not need to be.

We humans claim to be better/smarter than any other animal but why are we still fighting, killing or cheating each other in the name of a god or for some other foolish reason? I do not know any other species that does.

I will try to find an active role in making our planet a more free, social, understanding and compassionate place.

I hope you enjoyed my stories and pictures. I sure did enjoy sharing it with you and loved reading the comments. Feel free to keep posting them.



“We look forward to the time when the Power of Love will replace the Love of Power. Then will our world know the blessings of peace”

British Prime Minister William Ewart Gladstone (1809–1898)

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5 Responses to Thank you!

  1. zandesiro

    Hey, steven how are you???
    Hope everything its OK!Any future trips?

  2. koppes Dick Cofely

    Beste Steven, wat een ongelofelijke mooie, lange en super avontuurlijke reis. Prachtig verslag met schitterende fotos.! Anyway, toch fijn dat je heelhuids en gezond weer thuis bent. Hartelijke groeten, Dick Cofely

  3. Everhard

    Toen ik terugkwam van mijn trip, had ik twijfels of ik nog wel mee wilde doen met deze rare wereld. De “waarheid”van het westen is een totaal andere dan de “waarheid” van bv. Syrië. Worden we allemaal, zowel in west als oost, gemanipuleerd door media en machthebbers en het grote geld? Wil ik daar nog wel aan meedoen? Helaas: na een paar maanden was ik hier weer gewend en ervoer ik deze wereld hier weer als de “normale”. Jammer is dat. Daarom is het belangrijk dat mensen reizen blijven maken, elkaar blijven ontmoeten en opzoeken. Fijn dat je dat gedaan hebt! En fijn dat je je in wilt zetten voor een wereld waarin we oog krijgen voor compassie en de power of love!

  4. butchgordo

    Lucky you got back before the worst winter in Ukraine!

  5. P{eter Hoezen

    Dear Steven,
    Want you to know I do agree with your words completely.
    Let’s do the best we can to reach that slogan you told us:
    “Let the Power of Love replace the love of power”
    And let’s realise as you said: There are so much kind and
    helpful people all over the world!
    Good luck with refinding your place here in Holland,

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