Je bekijkt de reis...
5 mei 2014
Some keywords if you do not want to read the whole post:
Fuck Auckland, hello Paradiselike Paihia... Bay of Islands...Dolphin watching...Snapper Fishing...The Rock Hostel...Snorkeling and Star Gazing...Kina...Sun...Life advice from a man who has done a lot of dirty things and no, it ain't me..
Let's just start with the last keyword, I found this very interesting life advice:
Now why would I post a post from a Discovery Channel dude on this blog? Because it is about change and being open to new things, two aspects that perfectly fit my trip.
I left Auckland exactly seven days ago and I am glad I did that. New Zealand is not about cities, it is about nature. Everyone here knows how to fish and hunt, actually the duck hunting season just started. I read an article in the newspaper about a grandma, fully dressed in camouflage gear on the pic next to the article, talking about how much she enjoys sitting in a bush with a shotgun waiting for hours to shoot a duck. But not just for fun, she planned to fill up her whole freezer so she could eat duck during the winter.
I went straight to Paihia in the Bay of Islands and wow, this is paradise. 144 islands spread out in the bay, green\blue water and they call it the winterless northup here because it never freezes out here. The last 4 days I spent on the ocean and in the bay. First day I went on a dolphing spotting tour, and we have seen a lot of them.
Second day I went fishing for 4 hours with a commercial fisherman, really cool. I caught about ten snapper fish, unfortunately they were too small (under 30 cm)and then you have to throw them back. If they are not undersized, you actually can eat them. They would fillet them for you. Even if you do not catch anything, you still have a beautiful scenery to look at.
Third day I booked a trip on NZ's only floating hostel and very well rated by Lonely Planet. And they aren't wrong. Within 22 hours you go fishing, kayakking, night kayakking with glow in the dark water, star gazing, snorkeling and explore remote islands. I have seen a lot of nice fishes and got to catch and taste some kina, a kind of sea hedgehog.
The night kayakking must have been the coolest thing I have ever done, it is completely dark, you can see a lot of stars and the guide brought a very strong laser pen with her and she pointed Mars, the Milky Way and more star-ish things.
Some facts about the sun. In my home country, I don't think much about the sun. But here you have to. NZ has about the highest rate of skin cancer in the world. It means that when you work outdoors during the most sunniest 8 months, you have to put suncreen on every day, and depending on your skin, every 2 hours or so. Even when it is cloudy. (That’s why you need to be SunSmart, especially during daylight saving months (September to April), and between 10am to 4pm when the sun’s UV rays are strongest.)more info http://sunsmart.org.nz/being-sunsmart
thats it for now, enjoy your office,)
9 mei 2014 19:16 | Door: Baklava to the bone
Cool post, dacht ff dat je mwa mwa naar je zin had (kan natuurlijk) maar klinkt goed man. Hoe zijn de chickies, en dan bedoel ik geen kippen, of toch wel….?
21 mei 2014 04:02 | Door: vincent
Helleu, wie is baklava to the bone? Kan je naam niet zien!