“It is not the gift, but the thought that counts”

Your presence at our wedding is a gift. But if you insist in getting us an actual gift, we made a list with gifts we would love. As you will notice, all gifts fall in one of the following categories:

  1. You can help us make our dream come true by sponsoring part of our 8 month honeymoon, or by giving us some of the equipment we need such as quick-drying shirts and backpacks.
  2. Once we are back in Belgium in 2018, we will want to build a nice home together. Help us do that by giving us the funds to buy new pots and pans, towels and such.

We will update this list as we think of more things we will need for our home and as the plans for our trip become more concrete.

This is how it works. Look through the list and choose the gift you want to give. Click on “Give gift!” and select the gift you want to give. Transfer the money at any time to our common account indicated in the email you will receive, or give it to us cash on our wedding day.

>>   Jump straight to equipment for our trip,  <<
gifts for different parts of our trip (Trans-Siberia, China, South East Asia, India, Central Asia),
>>   or gifts to build our home once we are back.  <<

Of course you can also free-style. This is an especially exciting option if you have already been to one of the countries on our itinerary. Let us know what to visit/which activity to do/which restaurant to go to/which food to try/hotel to stay at/what to buy/…, and provide us with the funds to do so. You can even make it a surprise for either Manolo or Sophie by only disclosing the details to either Sophie or Manolo. You know how to reach us. Make sure to include all important details (what should we do, what should we not do, where is it, how do we get there, how much time should we spend there, etc. etc.).

Finally, there is also the come-and-travel-with-us option. Yes, you heard that right. Memories are best when they are shared. So come and join us on our crazy trip, and travel with us for a little bit.

– Wedding registry –

A. Equipment for our honeymoon

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Travel backpacks

Quantity desired: 2 x €150
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Off the beaten track and suitcase with wheels do not go together!

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New hiking boots

Quantity desired: 3 shoes x €75

We both need new hiking boots. Good equipment makes all the difference.

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Quick-drying clothes

Desired: 4 T-shirts, 2 thermal T-shirts, socks, sweaters and windbreaker jackets

There will probably be a lot of handwashing and drying clothes in the middle of nowhere. Quick-drying clothes makes it a lot easier.

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Sleeping bag liner

Price: €32,99

Though we will mainly be visiting tropical countries, Manolo and his weird body are scared to death of being cold at night.

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Mouth mask against pollution

Quantity desired: 2 x €10

Beijing, Xi’an, New Delhi, Mumbai, etc. We will be in some cities with very dirty air.

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Light

Quantity desired: 1 x €30. 1 GONE!

Have you ever tried to find your way to the bathroom in the middle of the nowhere in Mongolia in the middle of the night? Sophie has. It’s not easy without light!

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Travel Adapter

Price: €25

For some reason, plugs are still not the same everywhere.

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E-readers and electronic books

Various prices between €9 and €270

We love talking to each other, but spending 100+ hours on the train is a lot of time!

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First aid kit and vaccinations

You give any amount up to €250

Anti-mosquito spray, band-aids, malaria pills, antibiotics, yellow fever vaccinations etc.  I’m sure we’ll need them!

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Travel insurance

You can give any amount up to €1600

Yes, it’s a big chunk of our travel budget. But with two broken people like Manolo and Sophie, it will probably not be a luxury.

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Miles and points

Price: any amount

Donate your miles or points: we collect IHG hotel points and flight miles (Star alliance/Skyteam). Send us an email for our member numbers

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Foreign currency leftovers

Price: any amount

We will happilly adopt any local money money from Russia, China, Mongolia, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Iran or Uzbekistan, in case you made a trip there and have some left-over money.

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Helping hands

Price: free

Before leaving on our trip, we will have to move our the whole content of our appartment into storage. This will happen somewhere between the 7th and 12th of July. Let us know if you want to help us a hand by sending us an email!

B. The honeymoon itself

  >>  Part 1: Trans-Siberia

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Plane tickets to Saint Petersburg

Quantity desired: 2 x €114

Saint Petersburg is a little bit too far to walk.

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Visa for Russia

Quantity desired: 2 x €125

Getting stuck at the Russian border is no fun.

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Hotel in St. Petersburg

Quantity desired: 4 nights x €80

For most of our honeymoon, we will stay in cheap hostels. But not the first couple of days. Help us start our honeymoon in style!

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Entry tickets to the Hermitage

Quantity desired: 2 x ₽700 (=€12)

Manolo would spend 5 days here alone if Sophie would let him.

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Public transport in St. Petersburg

Price: €30

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Romantic dinner for 2

Price: €40

After all, our trip is our honeymoon.

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Tickets for the Trans-Siberian Express

Various prices between €30 and €800

Taking the train all the way to Beijing! With stops in Omsk, the Baikal Lake and Mongolia.

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Supplies for the Trans-Siberian Express

Price: €50

Spending 100+ hours on a train means eating on the train. And buying food from the Russian babushkas that sell food near the tracks in one of the many small train stations we’ll pass on our journey.

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Hostel in Moscow

Price: 2 x €40

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Tickets to the Kremlin

Quantity desired: 2 x ₽500 (=€8)

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Metro in Moscow

Price: €15

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Hostel in Volgograd

Quantity desired: 2 x €30

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Museum of the Battle of Stalingrad

Quantity desired: 2 x ₽250 (=€4)

“We should all be grateful to the Russians for stopping the Germans in Stalingrad, or we would all be speaking German now in Europe.” – Manolo

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Hostel on Olkhon Island

Quantity desired: 4 nights x ₽2500 (=€40)

In the middle of the Baikal Lake, Olkhon Island is a must-see on the Trans-Siberian route. The indigenous Buryat people, adherents of shamanism, believe the island to be a spiritual place. With the shaman rock one of the nine Most Sacred Places in Asia.

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Hostel in Ulan Bator

Quantity desired: 2 x €35

The capital of Mongolia. For some reason, they built a gigantic golden statue of feet. Who wouldn’t want to go there?

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Vodka to befriend the local Mongolians

Price: €7

Mongolians drink even more vodka than Russians. Just saying.

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Excursions in Ghenghis Khan country

Price: €200

We are not sure yet where we want to go exactly. But it will be epic, that’s for sure.

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Riding horses in Mongolia

Price: €50

What better way to explore Mongolia than on the back of a horse?

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Riding camels in the Gobi Desert

Price: €50

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  >>  Part 2: China

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Visa for China

Quantity desired: 2 x €126.5

Chinese immigration officers are scary.

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Lonely Planet China

Price: €30

A guidebook with mini dictionary can be useful in a country where no one speaks English.

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Ice tea for Sophie

Quantity desired: 30 x ¥10 (=2)

A month supply of fresh green iced tea for Sophie from the Chinese chain Happy Lemon. Because a happy Sophie is a happy Manolo!

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Dimsum for Manolo

Quantity desired: 30 x ¥5 (=€1)

A month supply of dimsum from little street carts for Manolo. Because a happy Manolo is a happy Sophie!

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Trains and buses inside China

Price: €400

It’s a huge country, and we are planning on exploring as much as possible of it.

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Hostel in Beijing

Quantity desired: 5 nights x €40

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Entry tickets to Terracota Warriors in Xi’an

Quantity desired: 2 x ¥ (=€5)

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Metro in Beijing

Price: €30

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Entry tickets to the Forbidden City in Beijing

Quantity desired: 2 x ¥ (=€6)

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Toboggan run down the Great Wall

Quantity desired: 2 x ¥ (=€10)

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Reflexology session

Quantity desired: 2 x €10

The Chinese believe that massaging pressure points in the feet can cure a whole list of illnesses. Baat het niet, dan schaadt het niet!

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Day trip to the Three Gorges Dam

Price: €50

The world’s largest power station and an incredible piece of engineering. How could Manolo not want to see this?

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Transport from Shenzen to Hong Kong

Quantity desired: 2 x €5

We will have to leave mainland China after 30 days for visa purposes.

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Hostel in Hong Kong

Quantity desired: 2 x €50

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Cocktails in the highest bar of the world

Price: €35

Situated on the 118th floor, the Ozone bar in Hong Kong is the highest bar of the world.

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Visa

Price:, 2 x $20 Cambodia. (Myanmar and  Vietnam are GONE!)

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Lonely Planet South East Asia

Price: €21

Help us research where to go and what to do!

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Motorbike and petrol

Various prices between €50 and €700

Is there a better way to get around in South-East Asia?

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Splurging at a local floating market

Price: €10

We all know Sophie likes her fruits. Let us discover some new local Thai fruits like custard apples, yellow longan and the pungent durian. The best part? They are sold on boats!

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Cocktails on the Beach

Price: €20

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Snorkeling

Price: €200

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Surfing lessons

Price: €200

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His and hers Thai massage

Quantity desired: 4 x €10

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A taxi ride back to the hotel after we get lost

Price: €15

The days that Sophie will be responsible for reading the map, we will get gloriously lost. Help us get back to the hotel!

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Full Moon Lantern Festival in Hoi An

Price: €20

Said to bring happiness, luck and love a magical array of twinkling lanterns are floated down Hoi An’s Thu Bon River (Vietnam) to coincide with the full moon. The indigenous Moon Cakes, which are only available at this special time, symbolise completeness and unity.

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Entry tickets to Angkor Watt

Quantity desired: 2 x €65

The largest religious monument in the world. According to Jommeke, a big treasure is hidden in these Cambodian ruins.

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Treehouse adventure

Price: $600

A three-day ziplining adventure in the Laotian jungle, where we will meet Gibbons and sleep 40 m above the ground, in the highest tree houses in the world.

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Tourist tax for Bagan

Price: 2 x €20

Breathtaking region in Myanmar/Burma. Home to the largest and densest concentration of Buddhist temples, pagodas, stupas and ruins in the world with many dating from the 11th and 12th centuries.

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  >>  Part 4: India

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Flight from Myanmar to India

Quantity desired: 2 x €200

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Visa for India

Quantity desired: 2 x €65

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Tickets to the Taj Mahal

Quantity desired: 2 x €15

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Diving in Goa

Price: €300

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Excursion to Hampi

Price: €50

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Hotel in Mumbai

Price: 4 x €10

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Flight home

Price: no idea

Not sure from where this will be, or when, as plans can change. But we will need a flight home at some point, that’s for sure!

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C. Building a home – the more traditional wedding registry

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Soft and fluffy towels

You can give any amount

Once we are back, we are planning on building a home.

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Bed

We need a new bed.

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Pillows and duvet

You can give any amount

What’s a new bed without new pillows and a fluffy duvet?

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Wine glasses

You can give any amount

Drinking wine from plastic cups is a little trashy.

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Champagne glasses

You can give any amount

Drinking champagne from plastic cups is a even trashier.

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Pots and pans

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We can still use some quality non-stick pans and large pots.

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