a few pics from that last big trip: Cruising Mercury Bay

On the last day of 2013 we went on a boat trip in Mercury Bay where we got to see a whole lot of different, spectacular rock formations, caves and tiny islands. The water was turquoise and really cold, but of course we had to take a dip into this part of the ocean even…

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a few pics from that last big trip: Sailing the Bay of Islands

On Christmas Day, we went on a sailing trip in the Bay of Islands. The beautiful yacht took us from Pahia across to Russell and then on to a few uninhabited islands, where we went exploring and hiked up a steep hill with beautiful views of the surrounding islands. Quite a way to spent Christmas!

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our New Zealand itinerary

After our stop-over in Singapore, we arrived in Auckland and were greeted by Frodo and his companions. We explored Auckland downtown and enjoyed the views from Mount Eden. Then we went on to Pahia, where we spent Christmas on the beach and went for a sailing trip in the Bay of Islands. After a long…

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a few pics from that last big trip: Singapore

here are a few photos from our stop-over in Singapore last December…. (such a long time ago, but I still wanted to put them up here. after all, this is where it all started ) I’m trying to remember what we did in what seems like a lifetime ago: – I was fascinated by the…

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a hobbit’s walk

NZ is a paradise for walking and hiking. The lush green vegetation and the lack of any dangerous animals makes it a great place to explore, so that’s what we did. From the beautiful bush park lodge we followed a path along a little stream through thick forest. The huge leafs of the palm ferns,…

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North Island: Mount Doom

Finally here are some more pics from our trip through NZ. The central area of the North Island is characterised by a volcanic plateau with several active, partly snow-capped peaks. It’s a great area for hiking, but somehow the presence of the volcanoes and the fact that there could be an eruption anytime adds a…

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from North to South

After exploring the North Island, we took the ferry and stayed a few days in Nelson here and here. From there, we went for a hike in the famous Abel Tasman Park. The trail followed the coastline through lush green forest with views down to the turquoise water. It was quite a busy day, but…

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where oceans meet

Cape Reinga on the Northern tip of New Zealand is where the Tasman Sea and the Pacific Ocean meet. The Maori believe that this is sort of a reunion of a male and a female sea, and that the souls depart from here for the journey, so there is a lot of spiritual significance attached…

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Oh my gosh, I can’t believe it: I’ve never been this far away from home

We spent Christmas and New Year’s in New Zealand. And even though I have been to quite a few far away places in the last couple of years, in numbers this was the biggest distance (more than 18.000 km) ever. Also, it was the first time for me to not spend this time of the…

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fast forward again

The last couple of months have been busy with work and other things, so no time to keep this space up to date. In the meantime, we visited the Oktoberfest, Bjoern has left for Afghanistan, my sister got married and in a couple of days, we are finally off for a well-deserved holiday! Here are…

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in the capital of Hungary

For a long weekend in early October, we flew to Budapest and spent a couple of days in the city. We got lucky and enjoyed the clear, crisp air and blue skies while exploring parts of the city. Staying in a small bed&breakfast with a very helpful owner, we ventured to get a feel of…

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a week in Windhoek

In September I attended the UNCCD COP11 in Namibia. It was really nice to be back to Southern Africa and I couldn’t help but feeling a little bit like coming home when I saw the sun rise over the dry hills and thorny bushes of the Kalahari. I stayed with a friend in Windhoek and…

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late summer activities

In early September the weather was still beautiful and we enjoyed a fantastic late summer weekend in Bavaria. One day we swam in the clear, refreshing water of the Starnberger See and took a long sunbath. The next day we hiked up the Breitenstein, some 1600m above sea level, with a spectacular view of the…

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a summer week on a mediterranean island

  In late August, we spent a wonderful week on the island of Corsica. We stayed in a little hotel in Calvi, enjoyed the warm Mediterranean sea, the fine sandy beaches, and explored some of the little villages, the towering mountains and the incredible coastline. In the meantime, summer has left us and the we…

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London again

I went to see my friends in London again and met their cute little babygirl for the first time. On Saturday, we hopped on a ferry and went to Greenwich, where we strolled around the parks, enjoyed the views and explored the town. From the hill, the view of the London skyline is quite impressive,…

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