a few pics from that last big trip: Crossing the Southern Alps

We crossed the Southern Alps and stopped in Arthur’s Pass, where we hiked through a beautiful forest and to a huge waterfall. It was impressive to drive through the mountains and see the towering, snow-capped peaks, but the village was the strangest place I’ve been to in NZ… The way down towards Christchurch was a…

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a few pics from that last big trip: Soaking it in at Fox Glacier II

While the weather was fine, we drove down to Matheson Lake for a panoramic view of the glacier. We got lucky and saw the majestic white peaks in the sunshine before hiking through dense moist forest around the mirror-like lake, creating a perfect image of the surrounding vegetation on its calm surface. Huge ferns, age-old…

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a few pics from that last big trip: Soaking it in at Fox Glacier I

When we stayed at Fox Glacier, we decided to do a guided tour of the lower part of the glacier. After having walked up to the ice field on the marked path on our own, we were keen to get a little closer to the action, so we joined a group and went back. However,…

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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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productive break

It’s been quiet around here, but we’ve been busy in real life: we made a baby! :)

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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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