- Tell us about yourself and where we can find more about your travelling.
Photographer Nicole Franken and journalist Anneke de Bundel a.k.a the ladies Nomad & Villager are story tellers. Since they met in 2010 they narrate on travel and on the people they meet. Their first story took them to Spain where they traveled in a bus full of women to a village full of men. Their aim? Marriage! After that more stories followed. On poverty in Rotterdam, on the alleged Scottish murderer Charlie, on New Year’s Eve in Iraqi Kurdistan.
In their stories and features they look for the stories of the men and women in the street, often unusual stories. Under the motto: travel stories don’t have to be smooth they were guided by homeless Max through his city and experienced Groningen the homeless way. They were taught good manners by a fairy in the jungle of Scotland. And they researched how to pick up the pieces after a devastating civil war in Bosnia.
For their stories they jumped out of a cessna, traveled with huskies and hung deep green over the railing of a cruise boat. They portrayed Chinese workers in the Netherlands and were handcuffed by the police in Iceland, safest country in the world. Ok, that is a lie. But they did try.
- How many countries have you visited and where would like to settle down at some point (I know you fall in love in so many places, but choose one and tell us why)?
We travelled almost everywhere, however the places are not important. The stories and the people are. We both like the US, Scotland, Iceland.
- What do you miss most, aside from your family, from home?
Nothing really. When we travel we leave our kids and husbands behind. and that is wonderful for a short period of time:)
- What is the most common misconception that people have about you during your travelling?
That we are on holiday, but it is rather tiring – we work long days and long hours.
- Is there any place which you wouldn’t visit again and why?
Not really, but some places we know so well, however it is hard to find a new angle to write about.
- Where did you meet the friendliest people and how did you feel about being around them?
We love Scottish people, we think they are friendly and funny. However we have met friendly people all over the world – from Kurdistan to Iceland.
- Funniest or most embarrassing travel moment?
Trying to climb illegally over a gate with a lot of hassle to find out it was open.
- What has been the most under-rated country/place you have been to and why?
Kurdistan Iraq. It is gorgeous. We never go to very well-traveled places.
- Tell us about a favourite dish from the world and one from your country that everybody should try.
We love Moroccan food, All the spices and herbs. We love the Arab cuisine because it is very suitable for vegetarians like ourselves. We love the Dutch-Indonesian kitchen too.
- What is your favourite author and what did you like about his style?
Paul Theroux, we love the way he talks about his travels and the people he meets.
- What song from your country everybody should know?
- Give us one of your favourite phrases in your mother tongue and explain what it means.
Als iedereen een beetje aardig voor elkaar zou zijn, zou de wereld een mooie plek zijn= If everyone was nice to one another, the world would be a beautiful place.
- What is your favourite website (apart from social media platform, YouTube and likewise)?
- What has been your most valuable lesson learned from travel?
There are nice and helpful people everywhere in the world.