Hi! Thanks for visiting my blog. My name is Yulia van de Laar and I am a travel and food fanatic. I live in a small village near Eindhoven in North Brabant, The Netherlands, where I live with my husband and daughter. I originally come from Indonesia where I get my passion on cooking and travelling from. My dad used to travel a lot for business and my mum is still experimenting a lot when she cooks. Both of these inspirational figures play very important roles in my pursuit of happiness in food and travel.

Blue sky Red pepper is my travel blog. It is a blog about my life in the Netherlands and how I see this country and other countries in Europe through travelling and eating.

Every week I write travelling and culinary experience in Europe. I speak fluent Dutch, English, Bahasa Indonesia, a little bit of Spanish and Italian but I intentionally write this blog in English. Therefore travellers from all around the world can read what I write.


There are thousands of travel blogs out there and my blog is the one that shares travel experiences, for those of you’s who wants to go to Europe (the Netherlands in particular) for vacation, from someone who is not originally comes from Europe. With my background I see or admire things in the Netherlands and Europe unlike other people. For example: many Dutch people do not (or do not want to) know a lot about their colonial history. I find it fascinating. Another example: Dutch people would not spend a lot of time in the kitchen because food is a practical thing, you HAVE to eat. I find (just like the Italian mama’s, for example) that food is the CORE of life. So I take my time while cooking. I show my love and passion through food, so I can make others happy.

I write articles in my blog also to help other young parents who loves travelling on how fun travelling with children can be. For travellers on a budget I post the budget wise tips to plan your itinerary when travelling in European countries.

Hopefully at the end of the day everybody can travel light, in style, stay on budget and life happily ever after! 🙂


I have worked for both printed and broadcast media since the beginning of my career in Indonesia and later on in the Netherlands. With history and literature as educational background I can’t help to admit that my passion for writing and travelling keeps triggering me to discover the world. At the moment I write freelance for a magazine in a small municipal near Eindhoven (De Uitstraling), I am a translator and  a full time mom of two beautiful daughters.

Want to know whether we can collaborate together? Click here for further information, of just send an e-mail to yulia@blueskyredpepper.nl