“I used to be in the military. After graduating from the Dutch Royal Military Academy, I was assigned as a young lieutenant to the Dutch elite special forces (Commandos/Green Berets). I was trained to – among other military skills – hike, climb, dive, skydive and survive, both in the Netherlands and abroad. I liked how, in those military trainings, I was always challenged to overcome my limits both mentally and physically. It gave me a real thrill. I guess you could say I’m an adventurer at heart.
“I retired as a captain after 17 years of service, and consequently left the military. My life is much more homely and less high-risk these days, but I still long for adventure. That's why I ride my motorcycle on circuits for fun, and every year on holiday, I go diving. I’ve dived in Zanzibar, Cape Verde and multiple times in the Caribbean. Every three years, my former army comrades and I organise an expedition – military style. It’s just something we love to do for fun and old-times’ sake. So far, we’ve climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Mount Everest in the Himalayas in Nepal, and Mount Elbrus in Chechnya, Russia.