Passion, friend or foe?

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This blog has been a long time coming, now that it is here I seem to feel overwhelmed with the amount of ideas I want to send in to the world. Where to begin?

My name is Rhea Wolvekamp. I am twenty-four, Dutch and born and raised on a houseboat in the center of Amsterdam.

For as long as I can remember there was only one thing on my mind. Who am I? Or rather who am I supposed to be? Where do my passions lie? And what is it that I want out of life?

This was quite frustrating, confusing and as I did not seem to be able to figure it out; passion turned into a burden rather then a blessing (well, you know, rather the not knowing of the whole thing). Let me just say I am not unfamiliar with feeling generally lost.

Unlike most of my friends I couldn’t seem find what is was that I was looking for and so I tried my, by then rather frustrated hand at a bunch of different jobs of which most recently, and actually very happily, chef.

From a young age I have loved everything to do with food. When I was about 6 my dad built me a little wooden stove on which I would bake elderflower pancakes over tea lights. I’d then serve these to my  (by then, starving) parents as cooking over tea lights doesn’t go particularly fast. I took a few cooking classes and when I was a bit older I cooked regularly at home.

As I grew older cooking stayed a big part of my life and it is probably my biggest passion. I cook every single day; obviously, like most of us, as we all need to eat after all. I take cooking classes, read cookbooks as literature and for general inspiration; my boyfriend says they’re like my Bible. I browse Waitrose and Whole Foods for entertainment (I just realised how sad that is writing it out) and spend my free time doing and reading everything that has anything to do with food. Not to mention the amounts of cakes, tarts, quiches and cookies being baked here when in stress (cooking) mode.

Then there is photography, with whom I spend my time when I’m not with my true love food. Often by making pictures of food, travels, countries, people and their cultures, quirks and anything that catches my attention. I love to capture the beauty I see and re-live this later, again and again. Although let’s be honest here, if you had the choice between looking at a picture of a tropic island or actually being there it wouldn’t be much of a competition now would it?

I have travelled quite a bit and feel like I owe all my passions and interest I have today to this. Travelling inspires, brings new energy, new friends, creates understanding for different cultures, religions, ways of living and just straight up makes me happy. Oh and let’s not forget confrontation! Above all, when you travel you really get to know yourself, and as someone who was in desperate need of a dose of self-knowledge I can only recommend you pack your bag and hit the road.

I have travelled to the Philippines, China, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia, Indonesia, Mexico, USA, Canada, Turkey, Spain, France, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Belgium, (obviously) Holland, England and am currently planning a year abroad to Asia and Australia with my boyfriend of 3 years.

So, as you by now may have gathered from this blog, my passions lie with food, travel and photography, preferably in combination.

I am based in London. I have lived here for almost three years, studied Mandarin and just became a certified nutritionist. I loved learning more about nutrition, it is fascinating and more importantly it has taught me so much about my body and food in general.

I will be using this blog to share my passions. I will be regularly posting travel stories, photos and videos of travels I’ve documented over the years, recipes (sometimes related to where I have been and the local produce), general food knowledge and anything related.

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