From Holland to Mongolia by motorbike (PHOTOS)

Ever thought of jacking it all in, jumping on a bike and getting away to some faraway land? That’s exactly what Dutch couple Pieter Grimminck and Mandy Brander did when they left their jobs for a three-month motorbike ride to Mongolia, crossing 16 countries and documenting the experience in the aptly-titled photo collection “We Want Adventure”.

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The couple’s journey is not a one-off, rather an ongoing project. “It’s about taking on new challenges and experiencing new adventures, while capturing those experiences through the lens and showing them to the world,” Brander and Grimminck write on their website.

Brander’s photography and love of travel have taken her around The Netherlands and to Australia, Japan, Indonesia and beyond. Both Brander and Grimminck are interested in helping the people they meet in these developing countries. Grimminck is working with an organic ginger producer in Nepal until 2015. Brander recently took part in a photo shoot to raise funds for a children’s home in the slums of Dharan, Nepal.

The world’s most violent nations

The annual Global Peace Index measures the “peacefullness” of nations based of the levels of safety and security in society alongside the extent of domestic and international conflict and degree of miliatarisation. According to this year’s figures the world has become less peaceful over the last eight years with the gap between most and least violent widening.

 

The annual Global Peace Index measures the “peacefullness” of nations based of the levels of safety and security in society alongside the extent of domestic and international conflict and degree of miliatarisation. According to this year’s figures the world has become less peaceful over the last eight years with the gap between most and least violent widening. 

Stunning supermoon images from across the world

If you thought Saturday’s full moon appeared bigger and brighter than usual, you were right. You were looking at a supermoon.

If you thought Saturday’s full moon appeared bigger and brighter than usual, you were right. You were looking at asupermoon.

Because our celestial neighbor is relatively close to Earth, these full moons appear to be unusually large. That distance varies because the moon follows an elliptical orbit. When it’s close and full, it appears larger and brighter than normal, although the difference can be hard to detect.

While Saturday’s full moon seemed huge, it was just an optical illusion caused by its position in the sky and occurs three times a year.·

Two other supermoons will be visible later this summer on August 10 and September 9.

Check out supermoons from around the world in the slideshow above.

Stunning supermoon images

If you thought Saturday’s full moon appeared bigger and brighter than usual, you were right. You were looking at a supermoon.

Because our celestial neighbor is relatively close to Earth, these full moons appear to be unusually large. That distance varies because the moon follows an elliptical orbit. When it’s close and full, it appears larger and brighter than normal, although the difference can be hard to detect.

While Saturday’s full moon seemed huge, it was just an optical illusion caused by its position in the sky and occurs three times a year.·

Two other supermoons will be visible later this summer on August 10 and September 9.

Check out supermoons from around the world in the slideshow above.

 

Stunning supermoon images from across the world