Already at once when we arrived at home after our 8850 km long Europe trip recently, we started to clean up our apartment of a lot of unnecessary things. We already lived compact living – or so we thought…

The thing is that when living at the same place for a long time, you always start to collect a lot of things again! *bummer*

Believe me, we have been throwing (and giving) away so many bags full of clothes, home textiles, kitchenware’s, things (even paintings) now, so I can’t even keep up with the counting of the bags.

So what are we cleaning up for? Except for the fact that you need to do it once in a while, we also have a future move in the mind actually. The move can come surprisingly quick, knowing how we can be, so better to be prepared.

We might move to an even smaller apartment further up in the street or to another location, another city or somewhere else in the country – or even abroad. You’ll never know with us. If the right opportunity comes, we certainly will grab it!

We have had in mind for several years now, that we might spend the winters somewhere else and just a shorter summer period in Sweden. We will see what happens… For sure is that we will make some kind of escape later this winter, short or long….

©Lifecruiser Would Love To Move Abroad


When coming home from a long road trip like our Europe trip, you might be lucky like we are: coming home with more than just your wonderful memories or photos. We got two local liquor’s with an interesting history, as a gift from our generous friends Cora and Ron.

Both liquors are from slijteri & wijnhuis Zeewijck in IJMUiden, The Netherlands and have an old, seaman-related history, so what could suit this blog any better…?

IJMUidens Spicy Liquor-bitter Piertje

As you can spot a glimpse of in the photo below, this is a darker liquor, which in it’s spicyness reminded us a bit about Jagermeister actually, but with a milder taste better suiting our tastebuds and obviously even the old fishermen in IJMuiden: if you consider the fact that there were 36 bars there they could escape their harsh life for a while…

Netherlands: IJMuidens Piertje liquor

The name comes from when they discovered this safe haven once upon a time, named after the ancient heads of harbor of IJMUiden. The piers protected the North Sea Canal channel in order not to silt up.

The harbor built up in IJMuiden were invaded by many fishermen at this time, who liked to drink the Kruidenbitter, giving it it’s nickname Schipperdrank or boats men liquor. I don’t blame them: it’s really good and they lived a hard life!

IJMUidens Rom Liquor Sluisje

The Netherlands: IJMuidens Sluisje Liquor

The other is a Rom liquor based on an old family recipe, with a strong Vanilla taste, bottled in a very nice old looking ceramic bottle even this one – as you can see in the photo. The name is Sluisje, which as a word means sluice and that is another interesting attractions they have to attract us tourists. Very interesting built sluices well worth a visit to study the construction of them.

Be aware though, as with other liquors, they’re rather strong: we did noticed that when we did drink it now at home… ehrm…

I say no more than: thank you again Cora and Ron, you’re as sweet as the liquors that you gave us and we really, really appreciate your gift!

Continue to keep an eye on Lifecruiser Europe roadtrip 2012 Flickr Photos, there will be new photos uploaded there now and then until I’m done with them all.

©Lifecruiser Love The Netherlands


Earlier posts about Lifecruiser Europe Trip 2012:

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly at the Europe trip
Ending a long Europe road-trip
Europe roadtrip: in the Alps
Europe trip: leaving the Champagne district to go to Provence
Europe Road short update
Europe Road: leaving Bruges
Europe trip: blogger meet in Wijk aan Zee and IJMuiden, The Netherlands
Europe Road Trip Day 2-3 Goodbye Germany Hello The Netherlands
Europe Road Trip Day 1-2
Europe 7500 km roadtrip start!


No matter whether you’re a proficient diver or are planning on exploring the underwater world for the first time, Hurghada is the place to visit. There are a good range of local diving schools with experts who can show you around some of the enchanting deep sea sites. This article highlights a few of the places that you might want to check out.

Shaab El Erg

You’ll want to bring an underwater camera to take shots of the bottom feeding eels and colourful fish at this site. If you make a mid-week dive then there’ll also be the opportunity to spot dolphins making their way through the aptly named dolphin house. And depending upon the time of year that you visit it may even be possible to swim beside the Manta ray.

Abu Hashish

This shallow dive site is absolutely ideal for anybody who has minimal diving experience. It’s name relates to the sea grasses that wave gently beneath the paddling feet of underwater explorers. It is usual to encounter puffer fish, crab and cuttlefish as you swim through the crystal clear waters in this area.

El Mina

It is worth buddying up with an experienced diver for the underwater trip to this Egyptian minesweeper. As you make your way through the wreck you will come across aircraft weapons and different kinds of ammunition, used in the 6 day war. You can recount the unique experience with a cool refreshing beverage at one of the Hurghada bars as the day comes to a close.

Umm Qamar

The travel team responsible for organising Directline-holidays to Hurghada have received plenty of positive reviews regarding this diving site. Some people have commented upon the awe inspiring sea mountains and caves. Others have been pleasantly surprised by the diversity of fish to be seen swimming near the wreckage of the Colona IV safari boat.

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