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About DeWandelaar

DeWandelaar is a blog about walking, philosophy and spirituality, living sustainably and appreciating nature nearby Amsterdam in The Netherlands.

This website is under construction in 2019.

Making it up as I go along.

I started the project in January 2019. In April I started walking existing trails like the NS Walks and those from Natuurmonumenten. I am slowly getting a better idea of where I want to take DeWandelaar. During 2019 the website will probably change direction while this happens.

About the Author

My name is Jens. I am a first-generation New Zealander, born in the early 1970s to German immigrants. From my earliest years I have spent long periods in native bush where I developed a strong appreciation for flora and fauna wherever it is found. Later, much of my life was spent traveling around New Zealand, camping in the wilderness and ‘tramping’ many trails.

After completing University and a few years of work, I left New Zealand in 1997 for my OE (Overseas Experience). My travels took me to parts of Asia, America and Africa before basing myself in London and pursuing my career.

I moved to the Netherlands in 2001 where I met my wife. In 2010 I became a house-husband after the arrival of two children. That change in lifestyle has given me the opportunity to re-evaluate what’s important in life. Being a house-husband, unhindered by career, has shown me how important parenting and raising children is.

Now that our children are getting older, I have more time to pursue projects like DeWandelaar, my efforts in conservation, and to rediscover The Netherlands.

The Author
The Author
Tramping in New Zealand 1980s
Tramping in New Zealand 1980s