“You are probably wondering why, for god’s sake, you would read yet another travel blog? Let me try to come up with some reasons. 1. Look at this picture. Look at those honest, pleading eyes. Notice that it is simply impossible to deny them anything. Read the damn blog already, you stubborn bastard. 2. Because I’m not planning on writing any boring standard articles that could come straight out of a Lonely Planet. Everyone knows the Eiffel tower is in Paris and that La Rambla in Barcelona is fun but quite busy. Writing a 6,000th article on any of those topics is a waste of time and won’t help anyone. 3. Because I want to talk about the other, funnier, stranger aspects of a destination. 4. Because I want to share both adventures on different continents, as well as seemingly trivial visits to obscure Belgian towns no one ever goes to. Who knows what kind of weird, otherworldly stuff might be happening there? 5. Because I’ve been flying all over the planet for several travel magazines for almost a decade now, and the time felt right to publish all the things that didn’t have a place in them, in my own style, on my own page. Funny, different and in your face. That’s what Trot Op! (sorry, it’s impossible to translate) should be all about.”
Jonathan Ramael works as a travel journalist for Goodbye, BBT Online and VAB Magazine, and as a photographer for the City of Antwerp, the University of Antwerp and many others. He’s also the person behind Faces of Antwerp – a very local version of Humans of New York.