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snorkelling with sharks in fiji – coral coast

after 50 day of working in the yasawas we went back to nadi. i really love the plane ride, you see all the small islands with the beautiful reef around. it’s only 30 minutes by plane.

john, a friend from fiji, gave me and a friend a ride up to the coral coast. it took us 2 hours until we arrived at the
beachhouse – a fancy place for backpackers. it’s not really like a hostel – more like a resort.
you can do a lot of activities there.

i went paddle boarding in the mornings, did yoga in the evenings, went kayaking & once i tried surfing.

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working in paradise – dreamjob in fiji

i had a look on the facebook fiji backpacker group for inspirations where i can go to next and i found a job offer which says that you need to have at least 20-50 days in fiji to do this job.

i thought that sounds great for me – you earn 50 fiji dollars a day (which is not a lot) BUT you get free food and accommodation and work as a gametester. i asked if they need more people for the job because rhona, the girl from germany who i met on the farm in fiji, wants to come as well.
they told me that they only miss 2 girls so that was perfect.
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living in the jungle – farmlife in fiji

i arrived in nadi, fiji airport at lunchtime on the 10th of april. it took very long to get the visa on arrival on the airport and they wanted to check three times if i really have a backflight ticket, so strict.

i took the bus to lautoka which took me around 1 hour. i only paid 2 fiji dollar which is around 90 cent.

when i stepped out of the bus everyone stared at me.. i think the people never saw a white tourist before. it remembered me a lot of sri lanka.
all those small shops, the crazy heat, the delicious fruits, the cheap transport, .. Weiterlesen

10 days of silence – vipassana meditation retreat

i hitchhiked from a couchsurfing place in puhoi, where i stayed for three nights, to the vipassana retreat which is close to auckland.
it was one hour away from puhoi but the road was quiet and windy and mostly with gravel.

i got so lucky that the first car stopped. it was a 50 year old man and he even invited me to stay at their familys place after my
meditation.
the retreat was not on the way where he wanted to go but he said he didn’t want to drop me in the middle of nowhere so he brought me all the way to the centre which was soo kind. Weiterlesen

petting a kiwi bird – sliding down sanddunes – cliff jumping & more – in NORTHLAND

after my farm-job in dargaville i went to whangarei and i drove to my new couchsurfing host alex. he is a 74 year old man who lives in a caravan a bit outside of the city. he has a garage with a tent and two mattresses inside. that’s all you need for couchsurfing. i arrived there in the afternoon and he asked me if i want to see a kiwi-bird by daylight..

i was confused because you can only see kiwi birds at nighttime and they are so rare. there is one small island in the bottom of new zealand which is called steward island. that’s pretty much the only place which is known for seeing kiwi birds at night.
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feeling like a slave on a kumara-farm in dargaville

my new workaway-host picked me and another traveller from france up in auckland.
then we drove a bit outside of auckland to the house where his family lives. he said to us that we sleep there today but maybe we sleep in the kitchen because the house is always full 😀

he is from india, so we expected 100 people there 😀 and we were right. sooo many people. the whole house was full but i got a mattress in a small office to sleep. his wife cooked dhal and rice for us – really delicious. Weiterlesen

back to city life & roadtrips around auckland

finally ! my flight back to auckland was on the 15th of march.. it was a hot day when i arrived around lunchtime at the airport. i took the expensive Tourist-skybus back to the middle of the city, queen street.

i met up with a friend, his name in kevin. he allowed me to stay at his place the next days. he picked me up from the centre and we put all my stuff in his flat. then we drove 45 minutes outside of auckland, to a place where they have a frisbee-golf course. i got a little bit better than i used to be the first time i tried it but i am still not good in it 😀
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short visit in christchurch

there are a lot of ways to go from methven up to christchurch.. i started my hitchhiking trip up north around 3 pm. i walked 45 minutes until i found a good place to hitchhike with my two backpacks which are really heavy – one has 16 kilos and the other one 7 kg. CRAZY ! i don’t know how they got so heavy 😀

a farmer picked me up and gave me a ride to the highway. then another guy stopped in his really fancy car and brought me to a place close to christchurch. he was really nice and offered me to stay at his place for the night and the next day he can bring me to the airport in the morning.. Weiterlesen

taking care of a puppy in a ski lodge in methven

on the way back from lake tekapo alana dropped me off in ashburton which was on the way to christchurch. she booked the ferry up to the northisland because she hasn’t been there yet.

we had a really good time travelling together. i got lucky that she picked me up when i hitchhiked down to the catlins. maybe we see each other again when i am back in the northisland.

i hitchhiked from ashburton to my next job in methven. i waited maybe two minutes until i got picked up and a woman who lives in methven gave me a ride. it took us only 20 minutes to get there. Weiterlesen

lake pukaki – most beautiful lake i have ever seen

the next day after we got our tattoos done we drove to lake tekapo. it was not so far away from timaru. maybe 1 hour. lake tekapo is known for seeing all the stars really clear & taking a picture with the church & stars at night.

when we arrived there the weather was not good. it was raining at the lake so we just had our standard-lunch in the car: dark toast-bread with jam & peanutbutter and one with hummus & avocado – delicious !!
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