Wow. I have spent six months minus one day in the stunning New Zealand and now it is time for me to go to a new destination. Leaving for Indonesia tomorrow and starting with a week of sitting in the pool and doing nothing, nothing at all. It has been a hectic month, cramming in as many life-changing experiences as possible. It was a good month and lovely spending that time with my mom.
These six months have changed the way I look at everything; nature, travelling, love and life. I have learnt a tonne and done a sh-tload. My [former :(] car has taken me over 11.000 km and is now in the good hands of a young father and I have walked over 800 kilometers (this sounds really impressive but is actually only 4.5 km a day…) These six months have taught me that I am capable of climbing physical and mental mountains. I am capable of só much more than I thought I was. My project at GNS Science was -amazing- and was the best thing ever. I have also learnt that New Zealand is not paradise; although its nature is. Many of my loved ones were semi-scared of me falling in love with New Zealand and never coming back (or emigrating); this has partly happened. The first few months were the bést thing; everyone was kind and the sun was shining. Then autumn & winter came and you feel stuck. However; I will go back to do the Great Walks (and more), but more importantly: to see my lovely family. The family I got to know here has been the absolute best. I love them to bits and I wish there was no ocean between us (or I’d pop in for a cup of tea EVERY week!).
The distance is quite simply much too far for me to row; it seems farther than ever before. — Death Cab For Cutie (& it was awesome going there with you Anna!)
I had the most amazing thing happen to me too. The man who I fell in love with so deeply two months before I left actually got on a plane to see me. We had the best time and I hope the next travels will be our adventures. I love you.
As most of you know; I love making lists. So here several lists of things I have done & learnt in the last six months.
Walks & Mountains conquered:
- Mountains and Peaks
- ▲ Mt Tauhara (↑ 550 m, 6 km)
- ▲ Mt Maunganui (x2) (↑ 232 m, ± 6 km)
- ▲ Rainbow Mountain (↑ 743 m, ± 5.5 km)
- ▲ Te Mata Peak (↑ 399 m, ± 5 km)
- ▲ Mt John (↑ 1031 m, 8 km)
- Karangahake Gorge (→ ± 8 km)
- Taranaki Falls walk (→ 7 km)
- Rainbow Mountain (→ ?)
- ▲ Mt Cook (Sadly not climable) (12 km)
- Kaikoura Peninsula (→ 8 km)
- Waipoua Forest (→ 4 km)
- Geothermal areas
- Hell’s Gate (-)
- Orakei Korako (→ ± 5 km)
- Waimangu (→ ± 8 km)
- Wai-O-Tapu (→ ± 3 km)
- Whakarewarewa (-)
- Bellbird Anthornis melanura
- Black Billed Gull Chroicocephalus bulleri
- Black Stilt Himantopus novaezelandiae
- Blue Duck
- New Zealand Falcon
- Paradise Duck
- Pukeko Porphyrio porphyrio melanotus
- Spotted Shag
- White Heron
- ♥ Little Blue Penguin Eudyptula minor
- ♥ Yellow-Eyed Penguin Megadyptes antipodes
- (Sea) Mammals
- Blue Whale Balaenoptera musculus
- Fur Seal Arctoephaalinae forsteri
- Sea Lion Phocarctos hookeri
- Sperm Whale Physeter macrocephalus
Now. I would like to write many more pages on my life in New Zealand, things I’ve learnt, people I have met etc. However, our flight for Bali leaves in a few hours and I still need to get some sleep and get my suitcase weight down to 23 kg. Much love to all.