Happy New Year to my beloved friends and fellow bloggers!
I can’t believe one year has passed and I didn’t go to work a single day (yeah man, time flies when you’re having fun)! In case you wonder, I quit my job in 2016 and traveled Europe until a scholarship offer landed in my mail box and sent me to the other side of the world. Still, I managed to spend the first day of 2017 snowshoeing in Mt Devero (northern Italy) and visit the Renaissance Florence city before beginning the New Zealand chapter.
Things weren’t easy on my early days being an international student, being lonely and culturally shocked. But then I learned to improvise by spending more time in nature, surrounding myself with those who radiate positive energy, and educating myself about mindfulness. Mindfulness, to put it simply, is living in the moment.
2017 turned out to be an awesome year. I joined folks at the Auckland tramping club for a muddy trek in the lush rainforest, had fun time watching Kiwi farm animals and Rotorua‘s erupting geysers with my new besties. G and I also took a number of road trips across the Pacific island country, covering some of the best attractions in the north island and going as south as the Waipapa point. Together we hiked through the volcanic terrains of Tongariro Alpine Crossing, napped on the black sandy beach of Rangitoto island and, for the first time, saw with our naked eyes the endangered yellow-eye penguin in the natural environment. All those beautiful moments shaped my past year in a meaningful way.
Have a look at some of my best travel experiences in 2017, and here’s to another tremendous year of 2018!
Trekking in Mt Devero – Italy (1st Jan, 2017)
360 degree view from Piazzale Michelangelo – Florence, Italy (7 Jan, 2017)
Steam hovering near the Emerald lake in Mt Tongariro – New Zealand (25 Mar, 2017)
Unspoiled landscape of Rangitoto island – Auckland, New Zealand (28 Mar, 2017)
Pohutu geyser erupting in Rotorua, New Zealand (30 Aug, 2017)
A yellow-eye penguin in Curio Bay, New Zealand (8 Dec, 2017)
Featured image: A damp winter day in Auckland, New Zealand – Photo courtesy of Giang Moon