Weddings, Wine and Work

As I was extremely busy in the last couple of weeks with work, visiting weddings and drinking wine, I unfortunately didn’t manage to update this website as much as I wanted.


Normally, I try to post a new article on Paliparan once every two or three days – work and social life permitting.

However, the start of the summer holidays did not only mean an uptick in travel, but also a lot of extra work.

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Enjoying some champagne, dim sum and noodles in the excellent Cathay Pacific lounge at London Heathrow airport. ©Paliparan

Travel life

Loyal readers of this website will by now probably know that I’m not a professional travel blogger, as I run Paliparan as a hobby.

As a freelancer who combines several jobs, I need to work hard to make an income and to be able to travel.

My spare time is almost exclusively spent travelling and working on this website, trying to write some quality articles which hopefully prove to be useful to readers.

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Alp Grüm in the Swiss Canton of Grisons, with the Palü Glacier being visible in the background. ©Paliparan

Hungary to the UK

Although I’m typing this from Hungary, travels in the last couple of weeks have brought me in many more countries in Europe.

Among others, I went to a wedding in my native Netherlands, visited Switzerland, and had a great trip to England despite the fact I had to deal with some last-minute flight cancellations and railway strikes.

In between travels, I was extremely busy with work (and the odd wine-fuelled evenings at home), leaving little time to actually write new reviews, destination guides or other articles.

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Yours truly at a wedding inside a beautiful Dutch castle. ©Paliparan


The basic reality is that life in the last couple of weeks has been extremely busy – something which is unlikely to change for the rest of the summer.

There is much more work I have to deal with and there are two more trips planned this summer.

Besides all of this, there is also the time-consuming challenge of integrating a new kitten into my household.

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Ribblehead Viaduct in the Yorkshire Dales, United Kingdom. ©Paliparan


I love my work and I’m fortunate that I can travel this much, whether it’s on work-related business or purely for leisure.

The text on a pillow cover on a recent flight in Qatar Airways’ excellent Qsuites business class summed it up perfectly: “Love, work, travel, repeat!”

None of the above is therefore meant as a complaint, only as a summary of how busy life has become recently.

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“Love, work, travel, repeat” more or less sums up my approach to life. ©Paliparan
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Good wine and food in Qatar Airways’ excellent Qsuites business class. ©Paliparan


Only by mid-September, things are likely to calm down.

Although I absolutely do hope that I can find some time in the next weeks to finish some trip reports on this website, chances are that only in September I can focus more on Paliparan.

As for now, stay safe and enjoy the summer!

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Pullman dining service on a Great Western Railway (GWR) train from Plymouth to London. ©Paliparan

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Koen works as a freelance journalist covering south-eastern Europe and is the founding father and editor-in-chief of Paliparan. As a contributor to some major Fleet Street newspapers and some lesser known publications in the Balkans, he travels thousands of miles each year for work as well as on his personal holidays. Whether it is horse riding in Kyrgyzstan’s Tian Shan mountains, exploring the backstreets of Bogotá, or sipping a glass of moschofilero in a Greek beachside taverna, Koen loves to immerse himself into the local culture, explore new places and eat and drink himself around the world.

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