Just around the bend…

“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. Continue reading

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The Tongariro Alpine Crossing for dummies

“Best one day walk in New Zealand”
– Lonely Planet

I’m already struggling with this post because it hasn’t hit me with full force yet. I actually did the Tongariro Alpine Crossing. 19,4 km and I can’t even remember the climb rate on the track (but the steepest climb was actually the most fun and brought the most reward). Oh, wait, found it in the brochure. Highest point is Red Crater, 1900m, woop! Continue reading

Maori evening in Rotorua

A person who mistreats his guest has a dusty Marae (Meeting house)

Not only is Rotorua bigger than I remember, but the smell of sulfur is more prominent this time. I arrived at good, old Funky Green Voyager, checked in and got a top bunk in one of the dorms. I hadn’t even time to dump my luggage before Gerard came in and planted a huge smacker on me. Then he chastised me severly because of my sunburn before we spent the next 40 minutes chatting about everything and nothing while he fixed one of the bunkbeds. A great welcome to Rotorua after four years. Continue reading