When the days were slow [North Island, 22.01.-28.01.2020]

We sit in a coffee shop. I have just read the introduction of David Sedaris‘ „Theft by Finding“. A fly crawls up and down my forearm. My flat white with oat milk rests on the table in front. The barista has a painted picture of himself as an icon with a latte art halo behind … Continue reading When the days were slow [North Island, 22.01.-28.01.2020]

Sandflies and Bird Talk [Overnight in Doubtful Sounds, 17.-18.01.2020]

The one thing we had actually booked and planned ahead of stepping onto New Zealand's ground was an overnight kayaking trip in Doubtful Sounds. Doubtful Sounds being the "little, less disturbed by tourists sister" of Milford Sound. Partly - or mostly? - because you can't reach it as easy as Milford. You need to take … Continue reading Sandflies and Bird Talk [Overnight in Doubtful Sounds, 17.-18.01.2020]

This is Red the blue penguin

by guest blogger, Bridget How does this story begin? I guess, like many good novels, with a little research. I was trying to prepare myself for our month long trip to New Zealand, which I was excited for, but also a bit anxious. I was anxious because everyone who's visited New Zealand spoke about how … Continue reading This is Red the blue penguin

Things that matter [Edoras, 05.01.2020]

„I’m quoting The Lord of the Rings all day today.“ Bridget looks at me absolutely serious. We are on our way to Mount Sunday, a rather unknown hill on the south island. If you tell someone, that name definitely rings no bells. It would probably not even have a name if it didn’t play an … Continue reading Things that matter [Edoras, 05.01.2020]

First hike, hard hike [Avalanche Peak, 03.-05.01.2020]

„Why did we pick this as our first hike?“ Bridget asks, catching her breath after a long uphill section. I frown while trying to slow my heartbeat. „Because it was the first on our route?“ We are somewhere in the middle of the 1.100 meters in altitude we have to tackle today - uphill and … Continue reading First hike, hard hike [Avalanche Peak, 03.-05.01.2020]

The “places to be” – Wanaka vs. Queenstown (NZ ~ 17.-25.10.2017)

Sometimes it’s so easy to write about my travels and destinations and what happened. And sometimes it costs me hours of thinking and days of collecting enough to write something down. I enjoyed Wanaka and Queenstown a lot and it still was very hard to put some lines together. But enough self-pity, here we go: … Continue reading The “places to be” – Wanaka vs. Queenstown (NZ ~ 17.-25.10.2017)

West Coast‘s rains (NZ ~ 12.-17.10.2017 )

Leaving the wonderful Abel Tasman behind we continued our traveling southward along the West Coast. “We" being Michael and me. And it seemed that we would stick together at least until Queenstown. What we learned quickly about the West Coast is the high probability of rain and cloudy weather. One of the bus drivers talked … Continue reading West Coast‘s rains (NZ ~ 12.-17.10.2017 )

Abel Tasman Coast Trek – or why sandflies are the worst (NZ ~ 05.-11.10.2017)

Arrived on the South Island it was time for my first Great Walk and my first multi day self-sufficient (concerning food) hike - or tramp how New Zealanders call it. And during the days in the Abel Tasman National Park and Nelson I learned a lot of things.  Actually we all learn a lot everyday … Continue reading Abel Tasman Coast Trek – or why sandflies are the worst (NZ ~ 05.-11.10.2017)