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Bertus Aafjes (1914 - 1993) started a study to become a priest, but started getting doubts about his priesthood destination and embarked on a journey to Rome on foot. He studied archeology in Rome and Louvain and began writing poetry. He lived the Mediterranean life, roamed through Italy, Greece and Egypt and wrote many stories about his encounters. Aafjes is also known for his Dutch translation of Homer's Odyssey. Travelogues gained a place in Dutch literature thanks to his work. He also explored the United States and Japan, the latter resulting in his Judge Ooka mystery stories.