Taupo’s little (not so hidden) gem

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”

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Taupo’s little (not so hidden) gem

A minimalist on the Tongariro Crossing – my bad weather alpine experience

“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”

A minimalist on the Tongariro Crossing – my bad weather alpine experience

Bye bye Wellington – this minimalist is traveling again

Sorry for not having posted new posts for a longer time, I’ve been busy with travel prep and leaving the country prep…

Now I finally arrived at my next destination and free library Wifi allows me to post some updates of what happened recently and how minimalistic I’m traveling now. So what happened the past 2 weeks? Well, I had to do what everyone who wants to go overseas has to do: disassemble and sell a household. This is the 3rd time already that I’m doing that and it’s kind of a routine now – I’m getting good at reducing and minimizing things to get to the essence of what’s really important.
Continue reading “Bye bye Wellington – this minimalist is traveling again”

Bye bye Wellington – this minimalist is traveling again

Golden Week syndrome

Apparently Golden Week has started in Japan, everybody is going crazy on FB because for one whole week everybody is allowed to go on vacation. This is one of the two times in the year where the Japanese are expected to take time off, during that one week (and again one week in August) you should take your yearly vacation days and go somewhere. Or let me rephrase it this way: You are supposed to take your vacation days during this time, because the company is officially closed. You basically can not not take your vacation during that time. Continue reading “Golden Week syndrome”

Golden Week syndrome