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About me & my blog

by Sabine


About me

I always was an adventurous girl who traveled to all corners of the world and dreamed of a life outside the Netherlands. At the end of 2014, I made that dream a reality. I left the Netherlands behind and emigrated to my now ex-husband in Colombia.

My name is Sabine (1985), originally a scientific researcher and born and raised in a small village near Amsterdam. My greatest passions are traveling, photography, web design and writing, which I do with a lot of enthusiasm.

I always follow my heart and love to take adventurous steps in my life. To create my own (travel) path. Emigrating was such an exciting life change that has brought me a lot of beauty in life.

After living in Bogotá for almost three years, I moved with my ex-husband at the end of October 2017 to a finca (farm) in the countryside near Sopó, a village about 35 kilometers north of Bogotá.

During my time in Bogotá, I worked for 2.5 years as a scientific researcher in the National Cancer Institute of Colombia. Here I engaged in research on smoking habits in Colombia, end-of-life medical care and sexuality and cancer.

In the second half of 2017, however, I decided to start working for myself as an entrepreneur. A second big and exciting life change. I quit my job and started my own business as a WordPress web designer. Now I create WordPress websites for entrepreneurs and give online blogging courses and coaching. Check out my company website here.

In addition, I write with great passion on this blog. Which by now has also become part of my work.

In October 2019, I gave and TEDx talk about creating your own path. How do I create the life I want? And why is that important? Do you dare to create your own path? Check out my TEDx talk here!

When love turned out differently than hoped

Unfortunately, my marriage to Jimmy did not work out. It was difficult fot both of us, as we separated at a time when we still loved each other. However, circumstances made it impossible to stay together. You can read more about why we divorced here.

However, the love for Colombia never disappeared. Therefore, I still live here. Until February 2022, I lived in my beloved village of Sopó. Along with my dog Juaco (a street dog I adopted in early 2018, when he was about 7 years old). Meanwhile, since February 2022, I have been living again in Bogotá, where Juaco and I are enjoying the city.


What can you read on BESABINE?

At besabine.com, I write about traveling, working and living in Colombia. As a local, I will take you to the top destinations in the country and know many beautiful undiscovered places. I also give my best travel tips to make your trip through Colombia even more fun and easy, and here you read all about safety in this beautiful country. On this page you will find all the information, tips and attractions together.

You will also find articles about emigrating or living in Colombia. What do you need to arrange if you want to emigrate and what is it like to live in this South American country? Includes cultural differences and helpful tips.

I also travel regularly outside Colombia. For example, since living here I have been to the U.S., Peru, Mexico, Curaçao, Hong Kong, Spain, Argentina, Iceland, Poland, Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands.

I love slow travel and enjoy going off the beaten track to discover the non-touristy side of a country or city. For me, traveling off the beaten path also means creating my own (travel) path. Preferably a sustainable path. Here you can find all travel destinations worldwide and related articles.


How can you follow me?

Would you like to be notified about new articles? Cool! You can follow me on Facebook or Instagram. This is also where I keep you up to date about important events in Colombia (such as security issues) and post many other things about this amazing country in addition to my articles. I can totally express my passion for photography and breathtaking Colombia on social media.

Keeping posted through email is also a possibility. Subscribe here and receive every new post directly in your mailbox! (Dutch) No spam: promised!

Follow your dreams!

Would you like to work with me? Cool! Check the possibilities here.

Occasionally you will see me popping up in the media: read here what and where exactly.



Ras Bahadur Rai 9 July 2023 - 06:07

Your travel blog has become my go-to resource for planning my next adventure. The way you describe and share hidden gems really makes me feel like I’m there. Keep up the fantastic work!

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Sabine 24 July 2023 - 03:25

Thank you for your kind message, Ras! I am glad that my website is of great help for your travels. I wish you great travels!


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