Road Wisdom: Danish Pride

So true 🙂

A pinch of adventure

~ Danes love their little nation! When driving through the countryside, you’ll see that lots of houses in Denmark have a flag pole in their  garden, many of them without a flag because the ‘Danebro’ is traditionally only hoisted for welcoming visitors, on national holidays, for Royal birthdays or for anniversaries closer to home. It flies at half-mast in times of national or personal grief or tragedy. The flag is truly a part of Danish culture. Also, the Royal family is close to the hearts of many Danes and (practice) parades with royal guards are not an uncommon sight in the capital. So don’t joke about Royals and flags if you want to be sure to make some Danish friends. ~

DSCF4539 copy ‘Danebro’ – Danish National Flag © Siel Wellens, 2011

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Road Wisdom: Kwasibita Medicine

A pinch of adventure

My kwasibita-cup from Suriname
© Bart Wellens, 2014

Tropical forests contain plenty of medicinal trees, but let me tell you about a specific one in South America, the kwasibita tree (Quassia Amara). Only in Suriname can you find the so-called kwasibita-cups carved out of the tree’s wood. When ill, water is poured into the cup and after a short soak the bitter water can be drunk as a medicine. Outside Suriname the wood and leaves of the tree are used to chew-on or make a tea out of. The tree has tons of medicinal components that act against malaria, fever and all kinds of organ diseases, you name it.. most likely this natural product will be able to ease your suffering. So if you’re a tropical backpacker, buy yourself one of these cups if you’re passing through Suriname! ~

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Fishermen in Zakhyntos harbour.

A little teaser for my Zakhyntos album. Click the link below for the complete gallery.


Medieval people

During the medieval re-enacting event in August 2005, besides the “action” galleries I also made some portraits.

Medieval Battlefield

Re-enacters playing “medieval battle”.  Location: Aarschot Belgium, August 2005.

Medieval campsite

Zakhyntos May 2009

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