Friday, 26 July 2013

Jumping from an airplane at 16,500 ft

Jumping-from-an-airplane !!?! (That's right!) Crazy! Awesome!!

This was one of those experiences that we both wanted to do during our trip around the world.
We had decided to do it in New Zealand for two main reasons: Safety and the incredible views it could provide (against it only one reason: the very expensive cost).

So there we were...,

Tuesday, 13 March 2012

The North of the South - Kaikoura

Time was running out, as always...

We had spent more time than we had planned enjoying beaches, swimming with dolphins,  seeing giant trees,  cooking our feet in boiling waters,  learning the haka, bungee jumping, climbing volcanoes from the lord of the rings, and more.. and still, we had only visited the North island of New Zealand.
"Should we go down to the south?", "we won't have time to see much..", "but for sure there would be nice things to see", "and probably there will not be another opportunity soon to see this side of the world...", "ok, lets do it !!"

Thursday, 8 December 2011

The Road to Mordor - New Zealand

The day after the adrenalin-filled bungy jump, or rather bungy fall, we woke up quite tired and were fairly slow getting ready. The fault: a mixture of the come down after the jump, a bottle of nice NZ sparkly wine (belated birthday celebration), and some stupid guys filling up our adrenalin tanks for a second time by suddenly, in the middle of the night, show up and start driving in circles on the gravelled parking were we had found our 'haven' for the night.



Monday, 7 November 2011

A different birthday experience in Taupo

When you leave to travel for a full year, it comes without saying that at one point during the trip a special day will sneak up on you. And what better place to celebrate ones birthday than in beautiful New Zealand?

It was a day filled with incredible gifts, starting with us awakening to one of the most amazing sunrises I have ever seen.

Thursday, 23 June 2011

Going south in the Northern island - New Zealand

Travelling around the northern tip of New Zealand was a good surprise full of amazing views and we sure enjoyed it fully spending twice as much time in that area as we had planned. It was time to head down south and experience some of the Maori culture.

Saturday, 21 May 2011

Dolphins, giant trees, John Lennon, long soft golden beaches, and some more dolphins – welcome to Northland 3

By now we had already spent three days up in wonderful Northland and although we didn't want to stress, we did want to visit some other parts of the country as well so after a morning run on the twin beaches and a dip in the sea, we decided to skip the drive up to the most northern part of NZ at Cape Reinga.

Dolphins, giant trees, John Lennon, long soft golden beaches, and some more dolphins – welcome to Northland 2

The next morning was the beginning of what would become one of our absolute best memories from this trip. Memories that we will cherish for ever and can take out to remember whenever life feels a bit tough.
It was the day for swimming with these lovely, big, docile creatures that we both love so much. I have always dreamt about one day swimming with dolphins, but I never thought it would become true. And here we were on one of the few dolphin watching boats that have the permit to also allow passengers to go into the water with the dolphins, under restrictions.

Dolphins, giant trees, John Lennon, long soft golden beaches, and some more dolphins – welcome to Northland 1

After hanging out for a couple of days in feeling-at-home Auckland, we finally picked up our new best friend, John Lennon, and after a thorough check that there were no 'real' bumps (small indentations and scratches do not count for this company) on the car, a bit of paperwork and some screams from me about Lennon being way too big for me to drive – we set out for the most northern part of the northern island of New Zealand: Northland.

As we had just realised a day or so before that NZ in in fact quite a big country, even if the population is at a tiny 4 million, we had decided to spend maximum two days in Northland before heading south of Auckland and hit the rest.

That was the plan that is. A plan that crumbled to pieces meter by meter, or perhaps kilometre by kilometre,

Thursday, 5 May 2011

There is only one Rio

And finally Rio...

Rio had a special feeling on this trip: it would be the nearest place from home, staying with family, speaking my own language, and living the Carnaval.
It was also the feeling of the beginning of the end, the departure from South America, the catching of the only flight we had bought long before starting the trip and a big twist on our travel route before going to 'the other side of the world'.

Wednesday, 4 May 2011

Moving further North - Curitiba, São Paulo, Paraty

Leaving the incredible Iguazu falls, we decided to do one of our 'favourite' travel combination: 1 night travel by bus + 1 day visiting a new place + 1 night travel by bus.
Well, that was the plan at least...