New Zealand sea lions are one of the rarest seal species in the world, and the yellow-eyed penguins are even listed as critically endangered animals with only thousands of them left on the planet.
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)!
I'm back to civilization from a nearly unplugged trip in the ultimately pure and unspoiled southern New Zealand!
I dragged myself back to the parking lot with shoes being caked in mud and two-layer pants smelling not so pleasantly. My then-roomate Katy didn't look any less pathetic as she carried her wet and stinky shoes throughout the seven-hour trail.
The whole track spans over 19km across breath-taking volcanic terrains, and from the highest point no one could resist a photo opportunity with the world famous Emerald Lake that has long become an icon of the crossing.
As we approached the ski resort, a fairytale-like landscape opened up in front of us with lovely wooden cottages, icy stream and brownish mountains against the backdrop of clear blue sky.
Flixbus has been my No.1 choice of cheap transportation around Europe until recently when their terrible customer service screwed the hell up my travel plans.