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Here you'll find the blog written by Ward Hulselmans, ex-journalist and scriptwriter, about his experience as a passenger on board a cargo ship. This is the written text from the podcast about his journey from Antwerp to Ireland. He shares his experiences on board in a diary.

In May 2019 he was the first passenger to make a voyage with a freighter via the Antwerp startup CptnZeppos: to Ireland and back. Next time he wants to take a freighter across the ocean, preferably to Jamaïca. The introduction to Joris Van Bree, the founder of CptnZeppos, was one of the reasons to stop scriptwriting. Hulselmans has had an eventful life behind him, but calls himself a lucky man because he has followed his heart and not his mind at decisive moments in his life.
This is his diary, which begins in April 2019 with the decision to stop writing in front of the screen.

Blog Antwerpen-Dublin-Cork / DAY 1 / 16 May 2019

"The Elbfeeder is slowly coming loose from the quay. My journey begins."

Blog Antwerpen-Dublin-Cork / DAY 2 / 17 May 2019

"The wider the sea and the higher the air, the safer and more intimate this cabin feels. No shortage of time, just what I needed."

Blog Antwerpen-Dublin-Cork / DAY 3 / 18 May 2019

"I'm starting to get a picture of what's called 'The Irish factor'."

Blog Antwerpen-Dublin-Cork / DAY 4 / 19 May 2019

"The day is going as expected. Nothing's happening."

Blog Antwerpen-Dublin-Cork / DAY 5 / 20 May 2019

"In the end, I throw the salmon and the squid on the table. Filipino adam drops go up and down, saliva is swallowed."

Blog Antwerpen-Dublin-Cork / DAY 6 / 21 May 2019

"I think of the wise words of my boat friend To:"Doing nothing is an art. But you can learn."

Blog Antwerpen-Dublin-Cork / DAY 7 / 22 May 2019

"I just want one more thing: to hold on to the feeling I had yesterday."


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