Welcome to my website!
Thank you for visiting my website and showing interest in who I am and what I do.
I was born and raised in The Netherlands and studied political science at the University of Leiden. In 2003 I got my PhD at the University of Amsterdam and published my first book, Tussen ideaal en illusie, about the history of the Dutch political party D66. In 2012 I published its sequel, Langs de afgrond. You can read more about my books here (Dutch only).
These days, I am more into philosophy, psychology and the big existential questions of life. Life, death, happiness, meaning, hope, truth, loneliness, values, and so on. I have written a few articles on these topics, which you can read here. Maybe they will inspire you and help you navigate through life.
Never having left my home country as a kid, I have been traveling the world my whole adult life. I have set up a dedicated website about my travels: Check out Traveling Dutchie for captivating travelogues, the best travel tips, travel inspiration and helpful advice.
Also on this website is the story of my Frisian ancestors, a story spanning 500 years and 15 generations. Click here if you want to learn more (Dutch only).
Do you have a question? Or a comment? Or do you just want to say ‘hi’? Please feel free to contact me.