I love animals and after the monkeys in Japan and the dolphins and the seals I saw from afar I was very happy that I had the opportunity to see some yellow eyed and some blue penguins in additions to some albatrosses and close-up seals in Dunedin yesterday. Pictures are under the cut! Continue reading
I did it! Yesterday I did the whole Rakiura track all in one day. Door to door it was a little bit more than 42K, most of it through mud and oftentimes going uphill so I am pretty proud that I made it, considering that I didn’t work out at all for the past year or so.
As a preparation for this walk I started going on bigger and bigger walks about a month ago – starting slowly with 5K and going up on 20K.
At the beginning it was really hard, I think I never was this out of shape in my life. Before I was kind of a sports-maniac, I never missed a workout, I trained about 5-6 times a week, so it was kind of a shock for me to realize how much out of shape one can get in one year… Time to do some workout! And so I used every opportunity I could get while travelling south until I finally arrived in Stewart Island the day before yesterday. Continue reading
Right now I am in Invercargill. That is a city in the south of the south island of New Zealand. And it has the internet! Continue reading
…and the lack thereof.
Even though I have limited room for items, my suitcase was a little bit fuller than I wanted it to be, so a few days ago, it was time to declutter my paperwork. The goal is to go (nearly) paperless.
After so many months in a high-end working environment, never going out a day with less than business casual attire, the backpacker hostels here in New Zealand are a bit of a culture shock for me.
It is a complete different world with different rules and it seems that the past year has changed me, because I find them somewhat strange.