I stepped outside the airport to get to the city center and fog crept up my glasses, covering them completely. I took them off to see huge dark clouds on the sky and large mountains on the horizon. I had landed in Cairns a couple of minutes ago and after I got my suitcase I headed outside where I was greeted by tropical climate, air so thick and humid you could almost cut it. After some confusion I finally found a bus to take to the city center, the driver thankfully brought me to my hostel’s doorstep.
I brought my stuff in my room and after a quick dinner headed out to have a look at what Cairns has to offer. Not thinking about much I looked up to the sky to look at the moon and I saw some birds flying by. “Hmm, so many birds so close to sunset, that’s a bit weird…” I thought “…and they have strange feathers…?”
Looking closer they were bats. Huge, gigantic enormous bats. Bigger than your face and faster than you can run. Welcome to Australia, the country of weird shit, where culture shocks happen within the hour! Continue reading “Cairns”
I can’t believe I’m already writing these lines, seems like yesterday that I arrived here… but as the saying goes, time flies when you’re having fun.
I’m deeply thankful for this year in New Zealand. It has been amazing beyond any imagination, a wonderful adventure with even more wonderful people. I’m sad to leave and I will never forget what I experienced here.
I have inserted a gallery below, if you like the pictures you can find more amazing pics on instagram, I recently got an account.
Anyway, my flight leaves in a bit and then I’ll be in Australia to dive and snorkel and cuddle some Koala bears.
These stones were all around Franz Joseph glacier
many volcanic areas produce colourful and somewhat strange natural phenomena
ice cream at Kaffee Eis in Wellington – a mus on hot days
Maori influenced street art everywhere
Fern in many forms
Te Ahnau in autumn
seals are friendly
and cats are friendly too
summertime is so beautiful
penguins are friendly as well
and deep woods
sunrise on Stewart island – the southernmost point of NZ
many encounters with dolphins
oceans so blue… incredibly blue…
this minimalist is climbing over trees
trekking the Tongariro Crossing
taking pictures of Tongariro once it cleared up
Taking pictures of the amazing Tongariro landscape
Relax on sand so soft and white I’ve never seen anything like that before
Making my way on the long beach
Capture nature’s most beautiful parts
Coromandel Cave. I also did some Yoga there
After my popular post with some humorous thoughts about minimalism I want to throw some more controversial thought into the mess and thus this post was born.
About the meaning of minimalism and what comes after you’ve done all the decluttering and is minimalism really the way to make you happy. Continue reading “Some controverse thoughts on Minimalism”
I breathe in and the sulfur hits me in the face like a sledgehammer. I turn around nauseated, trying to find out where that smell comes from and why it is there, in the middle of the city. I’ve arrived in Rotorua 2 days ago and I’m still not used to the smells that come from the volcanic activities surrounding the city.
Rotorua is the 10th biggest city in New Zealand and it is on my way between the Tongariro Crossing and Coromandel, my next stop which is why I decided to spend a couple of days here. It is famous for its “geothermal activities”, which means that the whole city smells like rotten eggs and that you can take mud baths in natural mud pools and that there are geysers and volcanic craters. Continue reading “Rotten eggs for everyone!”
It’s hot and sunny and I’m leaving National Park, the next stop is Taupo.
Lake Taupo greets me with sunshine and I happily get off the bus! Taupo is known for a couple of adventure activities, like bungee jumping and swinging and wild water rafting but I go for a walk through Taupo instead after I deposit my luggage at the hostel. While everyone else is heading to the hot geothermal waterfalls and the Huka falls, rafting down the river or lying in the sun, I take my camera and head downtown. Continue reading “Taupo’s little (not so hidden) gem”
“What you see is what you get. If you don’t like it, you can stay in the bus, I’ll bring you back and you will get a refund”
It was raining. I’ve waited 10 months to do the Tongariro Alpine Crossing and it was bloody raining. I got out of the bus, which had brought me and 20 other travellers ot the carpark of the Crossing at 8:30AM in the morning and immediately put on my rain jacket. Continue reading “A minimalist on the Tongariro Crossing – my bad weather alpine experience”