Who is Janieke, the Dutch Monkey?
Hi! Thanks for checking out our blog and I’m very happy you want to know more about us. I’m Janieke, a Dutch girl who made her dreams come through by leaving the Netherlands to work on the other side of the world.
How it all started;
When I was in high school, I went through the many stages of a typical high school student. What do I want to study? Where do I see myself working in a few years? A difficult decision to make when you are 16 years old. Via a friend I heard about a course in International Tourism Management. That sounded perfect to me, especially because the University gave a lot of opportunities for studying and working abroad. When I had to do my 6 months internship, I decided to do it in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico. I was 19 years, on my way to Mexico to work for 6 months. I had the time of my life, made a lot of friends and traveled around a lot. It made me realize that I wanted to see more of the world as soon as I finished university
So after 4 years of hardworking and living the student life I got my bachelor degree. I was happy and scared at the same time, this was the first time in my life that I was free, free to go where I want and free to do what I want.
I asked myself many questions… Was this the end of my student life? Do I have to get a ‘real’ job now? Do I have to get serious now? The answer was no, I decided to work for a bit in the Netherlands to save up money for a trip around the world.
After 7 months of working in March 2014, I checked my Facebook and noticed a post, if there is anyone with a tourism background who is interested to work full time in Kuala Lumpur. It got my attention and I asked for more information. 1.5 month later on the 22th of April 2014 I was on my way to Kuala Lumpur to work as a Tour Guide and Sales Manager in Malaysia. Not knowing that it was going to be the best experience of my life, I found love and friendship. I learned about the jungle, the wildlife and the culture from the locals. I found my biggest passion, scuba diving and I had the chance to travel in Thailand, Cambodia, Indonesia and Singapore.
After 1.5 year it was time to move on to the next adventure, for the first time not alone, but with my love, my monkey. At the moment we are in Melbourne, working to save money to travel in Australia and Central and South America.
Who is Ed, the Brirish Monkey?
Again thanks for checking out our blog. Hi, I’m Ed, first things first I generally don’t like writing and especially I hate writing about myself (I’ve managed to make three lots of tea and tidy the desk before getting this far!). So writing a travel blog might not seem like a brilliant idea and you’d be right if I was doing this by myself (luckily I’m not). The majority of the post will be written by Janieke with input from me and i’ll play around with photos, videos, come up with ideas and treat you to the odd posts now and again well at least try too.
The question I get asked the vast majority of the time is why I decided to become a hot air balloon Pilot, so I thought why not answer that here. When I was two years old my parents took me to a balloon festival in Southampton and there began my life long fascination with hot air balloons I could bored other children, teachers and family to death banging on about balloons (still can) and decided at a very young age that I wanted to fly hot air balloons. I started crewing just before I finished school working my way up the ranks and finished training in 2007 for my Private Pilot Licence and gained my Commercial Pilot Licence in 2011.
I’ve been incredibly lucky that my job / hobby has taken me all over the world including Africa, Asia, Europe and had the chance to meet people you’d never normally meet had it not been for ballooning. It certain breaks the ice when you fall out the sky strapped to a propane tank into a field in France covered soaking wet and covered in lily pads… a story for another time perhaps.
Now in Australia our new adventure begins of getting the blog up and running and also getting a Australian Pilot Lcience I might even blog about it!