Who am I?

My name is Michael van Egten, a 23-years-old International Business and Management student from the Netherlands. I have a strong interest in travelling and exploring new cultures, hence my decision to do an international study. I would like to use this website to share my stories and thoughts.



The thing I love about travelling is that you'll meet so many new people, with amazing stories, in places you've never been and with cultures you've never expierenced before.

"Travelling leaves you speechless, then it turns you into a storyteller".


Recent Blog Posts

Driving through the mountain ranges of Jebel Shams
About to embark on an adventure!
April 10, 2017

August will be a big moment for me, this is when I will move to the Middle East. To be more specific, I will move to the Sultanate of Oman which is located on the eastern shores of the Arabic Peninsula, bordering with the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia in the west and with Jemen in the south. The Gulf of Oman forms the border with its northern neighbours Iran and Pakistan.

The Sultan al Qaboos mosque in Muscat
Visiting the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque
July 6, 2013

We set up an alarm to wake up early this morning, because we wanted to see Sultan Qaboos’ Grand Mosque. The name Grand Mosque is not an exaggeration at all - the mosque is about 5500 m2 and the highest point reaches 90 meters. Inside the mosque you’ll find one of the largest single piece carpets in the world - which covers the entire floor of the main prayer hall. You’ll also find one immense 14m tall chandelier, made out of decorated with gold and swarovski crystals. and if that wasn’t enough already - there are 16 smaller chandeliers which are about 4 - 6 meters tall.