Did you finally make the decision to go on a solo-travel? Your suitcases are packed with courage? Awesome! The difficult part is over.
Living in New Zealand you have no choice but to develop a close connection with Metvuw, the weather forecast. It’s kind of a love-hate relationship. My friends and I are always full of outdoor plans for the weekend, but then that stubborn, unreliable weather decides otherwise. It’s not easy to plan in advance and often we end up doing something totally different.
That’s what happened the other weekend.
Let’s admit, food courts are not the best. These days you find them everywhere. They are way too crowded, the food is (mostly) bad, the chairs are not comfy and the atmosphere is the total opposite of cosy.
They can be convenient though. Those nights you’re having dinner with a big group, there won’t be any problem. No discussions which restaurant it is going to be tonight. Italian? Mexican? Malaysian? In a foodcourt you have it all. Or those times while travelling and you just have enough money left for a cheap bad burger. But still, they’re ugly.
Wouldn’t it be nice to have the best of both worlds? The conveniency of a food court combined with the charming atmosphere of a nice restaurant.
I love the weekends in New Zealand. A break from daily life – which is already pretty awesome – and a big hug with nature. I live in Christchurch, which doesn’t have the nicest citycenter, but it has the best location on the South Island. You are close to everything. A couple of hours driving and you’re in Arthurs Pass, a bit further and you’re in Lewis pass and on the West Coast. North there is Kaikoura and south Dunedin and the Catlins. So many options.
I’m writing these words from a sunny café in Christchurch, New Zealand. This week I went indoor climbing, rock climbing and to the ballet. Tomorrow I’m going canyoning. I tell to myself, life is pretty good.
I can’t believe how fast time flies. One year and a half ago I quit my job to travel. Bye vtm– newsroom, bye family and friends and bye good life. I’m ready for an even better life. Looking back on all those things I’ve done I get a warm fuzzy feeling inside. I challenged myself to go travelling alone, I met great people, did crazy stuff and saw beautiful things. Of course there are lonely and sad moments, but after a while you’re not afraid of those anymore and they only make you stronger.
I like beer. Coming from Belgium, I can actually say I like it a lot. So I was a bit surprised what I found on the countryside in New Zealand.
New Zealand is known for its good wines, but beer-wise it isn’t yet as far. If you like wine tasting, this country is the place, go to Napier on the North Island or Marlborough on the South Island or many more. That’s what my friends and I did. Enjoying the sun in the Marlborough region, eating great salmon and lamb and sipping on wines. A regular weekend turned into a holiday.
We were happily on our way to the third winery when we saw a sign: ‘Moa Brewery and Cellar Door”. Bye bye wine, hello beer!
I am back in Australia. After 6 months New Zealand I had to come back to visit the East Coast. Unfortunately I have only 3 weeks left before I fly back to Belgium. The weather here is lovely! Today I did a walk and some sunbathing at the beach. And that’s what they call winter in Queensland. I can live with that.
The difference between the North and South island is immense. When I arrived a couple of months ago on the South Island I was so impressed by the mountains, I can just keep looking at them. So big, beautiful and yet quiet. I feel spoiled.
I’ve always wanted to go on a New Zealand trip, that far far away country on the other side of the planet. My love – or curiosity – for the island began in my first year in high school. Thanks to Mister Claes, the geography teacher.