Big plans, starting in the Big Apple

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I am planning a trip to the States next year, my next, big adventure. I hope to see as much as possible, but right now it’s all a matter of budget.
I’ve calculated hostels and flights and I’m trying to figure out how much I should put on my “food”-post… (Pssht! I don’t have to eat, right?)

The only thing I know is that I am definitely going to USA next year. How much of the stuff on my list can I tick off when I return? Hopefully all of it ;-)

Let's see if this holds up

Big plans… Checcking the budget O.o

Paris (je t’aime, and all that)

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It’s so hard to find pictures of Paris, to write about Paris or to even talk about Paris without everything looking or sounding like a complete cliché. For a while, I have to admit, I was kind of done with Paris. My mother and I went there three times in five years and I felt like we kept rehashing the same routes and visiting the same places. The truth is, we were… But that wasn’t Paris’ fault, that was ours. In some ways the old routines and familiar places were cosy and safe and particularly for my mother that was important, but I started looking for new places to explore and so I went to Switzerland, Ireland, Korea, New Zealand… But now that I’ve had a break, the fond memories are showing up again and Paris really is calling me like an old friend waiting to get reaquainted.

Paris

Smog and romance… And crêpes ;-)

I’m thinking about taking a weekend trip there by myself. Seeing a few familiar places, (Champs-Élysées, Île de la Cité, Jardin du Luxembourg), and visiting a few new ones… I’ve found a nice place to stay in the Marais too. I’d love a weekend of just wandering the streets and soaking up that good, old feeling of Paris.

Jardin du Luxembourg

Jardin du Luxembourg

Just around the bend…

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“Make a u-turn as soon as possible.”
- my GPS

While moving from one place to another, every so often (which is to day, almost every day), I see something so stunningly beautiful I have to stop or turn and go back. Read More

Abel Tasman National Park Day Hike

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“Returning home is the most difficult part of long-distance hiking; You have grown outside the puzzle and your piece no longer fits.”
― Cindy Ross

I found myself in Abel Tasman again after 4 years and, just like last time, the weather was absolutely awesome.
I wanted to stay at Aquapackers again, but decided to hike rather than kayak in this time. Read More

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