This is my site and it’s here where I will tell you all about my travels and more. All the stories based on my own experiences, dreams and thoughts. As I am not native English and no professional Blogger (maybe many of you are) you might have to get used of my style of writing. I still hope you will enjoy it.

Who is Frog around the World?

Hi, my name is Janine, I’m a Dutchie.

My travels began 15 years ago. After seeing the movie “Seven Years in Tibet” a couple of times, what made such an impression, I decided that I wanted to see Tibet with my own eyes… and especially Lhasa.

I started thinking about a long trip. Together with a friend of my, who was interested too, the planning began. I had a goal!! But than all the questions came. How do I get there? When should I go? What do I need? I had never traveled before, just some holidays. I had never been away from home longer than 4 weeks. This was something different…a big adventure.

I didn’t just wanted to board a plane and fly to Tibet. That was too easy. I started looking for some other ways to get there. At one point I read an article about the Trans Siberia Express.

Wow!! That was something I definitely wanted to do. My bucket list was growing.

During all the planning and preparations for the travel, my friend got into a relationship and didn’t wanted to go on the journey anymore. Now what? What am I going to do? Do I pass my dream or will I continue…solo? I decided to go for the last option. I will travel solo. The plan was to travel over land to Asia… and I did!

After buying the train ticket, purchasing all the necessary visas, convincing my parents that I would be fine, the journey could begin. I traveled by car to Hungary and by train to Moscow, via the Ukraine. In Moscow the Trans Mongolia Express (because I wanted to end up in China) to Beijing, was waiting for me. Once in China I would travel to Tibet.

This trip is absolutely the best thing I’ve ever done. Unfortunately I never ended up in Tibet, because of permits and closed borders. But the whole trip, that lasted for almost a year, has brought me a lot. All the special moments I have experienced, the fantastic people I have met on the way, the beautiful places I’ve seen…indescribably!!

Why Frog around the World?

Well, I will tell you.

Once upon a time… bla bla bla…

No, nothing of that!! I just like the name (thanks to Joan Kromhout).

Frog around the world… it is the diversity. Most frogs are born in the water as tadpoles and will change into frogs. Some frogs, known as direct developers, are born full of frog. They are able to live away from the water, such as on mountain tops. I appreciate it being close, in or on the water and take a deep breath of salty air. On the other hand I can really find my turn into climbing and hiking through the mountains, to reach the most remote places where it is quite and peaceful.

The Frog list:

Yes, I think everybody has a list of things they want to do in life, the Frog list is my (bucket) list. All the things I really want to do. This list is growing by the day.

Once in a while I take a look at the list and it gives me new inspiration. There are so many things I still like and have to do, but fortunately I also completed some of them.

  • Surfing on Maui, Hawaii (completed in 2012)
  • Ride the longest rollercoaster in the world
  • See the blossoms in japan
  • Climb mount Everest (only if it’s just to Camp 1)
  • Start my own business (completed in 2014)
  • Learn to speak Spanish
  • Learn to speak Chinese
  • Live in an other countries for at least 10 years
  • Travel on a cruise ship (completed in 2006)
  • Run a marathon
  • Stay on a deserted island (completed in 2001)
  • Fly in a helicopter and see my place from above
  • Jump the highest bungee in the world
  • Travel with the Trans Siberia Express (completed in 2001)
  • See the northern light
  • Learn how to dance properly
  • Learn how to rap and record my own rap song
  • Walk the Great wall in China (completed in 2001)
  • Go skydiving
  • Make one of the top photos for a National Geographic Photo Contest
  • Walk from home to Tibet….and beyond
  • Give a heartfelt surprise to someone who needs it the most
  • Do volunteer work
  • Attend an expedition to the North Pole
  • Swim with dolphins in the wild (completed in 2008)
  • Sail the world (or at least a part of it)
  • Write a book
  • See all the 7 World Wonders
  • Crossing the Pyrenees by foot (completed in 2010)
  • Walk the Shikoku pilgrim route in Japan

 

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