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Dance with me bunny!

Did you know that rabbits and ibex dance, too?

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Help me help refugees on Lesbos, Greece

In 10 days from now I will spend 10 days on the island Lesbos, Greece to distribute food and other necessities to refugees who arrive there. I will…

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Dumpster diving making jam rescued saved wasted fruits fighting food waste

Dumpster Jam made of 100% saved fruits!

It’s easy to complain about what’s wrong with this world, and I admit I go down that road every so often. But it’s much more fun to just…

back in amsterdam dear friend 13 months i travelled solo in south east asia and india i created artwork for local businesses in exchange for food accommodation in more than 100 illustrations i captured my experiences blogged them on lilianleahy.com i returned to the netherlands ambitioning a career as a self-employed illustrator sign painter hand lettered menu board in bar or restaurant handpainted signboard decoration of your musical instrument a wall floor door painting in babyroom illustrated business cards

Back in Amsterdam! (and looking for creative opportunities)

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What I’ve learned of 7 months travel in South East Asia

After 7 months in South East Asia, of which only 4 were actually planned, it’s time for a quick evaluation. To go short – it were the best…

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Back to the Tomato Guesthouse – to paint signs! – Cambodia

And once more I returned to the lovely, Khmer family run Tomato Guesthouse. Right before leaving Cambodia after 3 months of painting, this ‘home away from home’ provided…

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Meditation: calm down, calm down, calm down – Cambodia

The Hariharalaya retreat center in Cambodia was my refuge turning 30 (see my previous post). And, it was so good that I went back for more. Six days of yoga…

Ways of cheap travel: trading artwork for food & accommodation

When I left home more than 6 months ago, I had high expectations of this illustrated travel blog. Of course I enjoy journaling for family and friends, but…

Nights of backgammon – Cambodia

Meet Nils. One of the owners of the Lonely Beach Resort. A Backgammon addict. And my teacher for the these two months of intensive Backgammon-ing.   Every night,…

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the Hariharalaya yoga & meditation retreat – Where I turned 30!

Turning 30. Was I trying to escape it, as my brother suggested, by going away traveling? Who knows. While my Facebook news feed gradually turned into a portfolio of…

Handle with care – is this cactus talking to me? – Thailand

Nature often inspires me in my drawings. At the Layao Farm, where I volunteered for two weeks, I loved spending my afternoon in the garden drawing plants and…

The Miraculous food out of the Karen kitchen

In my previous post I mentioned my stay on the Layao Farm: an organic farm in Northern Thailand where you can WWOOF: volunteer in the fields. Now I’m…

Catfish entertainment @ the Layao farm – Thailand

WWOOF (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms) hooks volunteers up with organic farms worldwide looking for help. Doing some “WWOOFing” was on my wishlist since long but in…

A tall tree – Asia

If I had taken a photo of every tree that caught my eye in Asia, I could wallpaper a 5 bedroom villa with that right now. Trees come…

How to create a home away from home – backpacking South East Asia

When on the road for a long time, I take another travel pace. Unlike tourists, a long term traveler doesn’t visit temples, museums and waterfalls each and every…

The “Thai tattoo” – Pai, Thailand

You might think this drawing is slightly exaggerated, but I assure you it’s not. The ‘Thai tattoo’ is a common phenomenon amongst travellers referring to the scars they…

All you can eat in Chiang Mai – Thailand

Having Cedric arriving in Thailand as my travel buddy for two weeks was the starting point of a never-ending culinary exploration. As we both have a big appetite…

Muay Thai of the Roosters – Thailand

Those who know me personally might wonder: “Lil, you went to see rooster fights?? Seriously?!” And I have to admit: as vegetarian it wasn’t easy to look at….

Crossing borders – where corruption meets theatre

Crossing borders is that part of traveling that, if you had to mention any, could be referred to as the down side. It’s often times a lengthy, tiring…

Food is a great part of why traveling is so much fun!

Everyone who met me in person knows I have a great appetite.You can always lure me into trying some more food. As a vegetarian my culinary journey is…

What you can expect when getting a Lao style massage

So I’m a newbie to the world of massages. But going by recommendations of fellow travelers, I decided to walk in a massage salon one morning in Luang…

The small things that make me happy while traveling

I guess the drawing says it all!  

Staying on an organic farm instead of tubing – Vang Vieng, Laos

Vang Vieng is a riverside town famous for its tubing. Daily, hundreds of backpackers float down the river here on an inner tractor tube. Stopping at one of…

Kayaking in Don Det – 4000 islands, Laos

What I like about drawing my travel experiences, is that it allows me to picture things that are impossible to catch on photo. Like when I arrived in…

The backpack dilemma – why am I carrying all this stuff around?

The basics of backpacking is to travel light. And I know what you’ll be thinking when you look at this drawing: “Just get rid of stuff! Donate it…

The physical effects of traveling in Asia

This drawing doesn’t need additional explication, does it? 🙂

Swinging on the beach – Koh Rong, Cambodia

Ok I already raved about Koh Rong’s Lonely Beach in my previous post. But I diidn’t tell you about its strongest asset. The Swing. Lonely Beach has a…

Hammock life on the beach – Cambodia

While traveling in Cambodia I was recommended by many people to go to the island of Koh Rong. ButI heard very different stories about it. From bad infections…

Floating villages on the river to Battambang – Cambodia

Battambang, a laid back river town, is a 6 hour boat ride away from Siem Reap. The floating villages along the way were enchanting. It’s like sailing through…

Say what?! Angkor Wat! – Cambodia

First stop in Cambodia is Siem Reap: the base from where to explore the temples of Ankor Wat, the eighth wonder of the world. Hundreds of temples are…

Things to do and see in Myanmar

Traveling Myanmar is tough and tiring.. 😉 Especially when you want to cover all religious sites throughout the country. This is because Myanmar has 6 types of religious…

Couchsurfing in Mandalay! – Myanmar

Mandalay has been home to Steph & Josh, a lovely French – American couple, for over 2 years now. They teach English in a private school, and generously…

Cruising the temples of Bagan – Myanmar

Being Myanmar’s top attraction, the 3000 temples and pagodas of Bagan, built between the 11th and 13th century, went beyond all my expectations. Arriving by nightbus at 4…

Trekking to a Pa’o village – Myanmar

  The trekking from Inle Lake to a Pa’o village was stunning. Amazing scenery and a tough hike up the 1500 meter hill top from where we had…

Backpacker’s talk – episode 1

Ok I know: it’s hard NOT to notice we’re backpackers. Whether it’s our skin color, our height, our clothing, our maladjusted behavior or our huge HUGE backpack: we…

Let’s eat! – Myanmar

Have a seat at the (often times extremely tiny) chairs or stools to enjoy a good Birmese meal! Thanks to Buddhism, where monks sometimes eat vegetarian for a set…

Happy yoga holidays!

A year ago I set foot for the first time in De Nieuwe Yoga School. As a New Years resolution I wanted to practice yoga everyday. January 2nd, 7…

Ready for some adventure

Only 2 more months before I hit the road to… Myanmar! Can’t wait to discover what I’ll be drawing there

A new day, making new mistakes

On a Wednesday morning in an early yoga class, the teacher that day started off ensuring us that ‘A new day, is making new mistakes.” I was mind…

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