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Greeting the Stars

NEW ZEALAND | Friday, 5 July 2013 | Views [293]

Stepping off the plane onto the tarmac at Queenstown airport, lugging my snowboard bag on my back and enough winter clothes for 3 months, I had no idea what kind of path my adventure would take. Sipping a hot chocolate, waiting for the bus to arrive, I took a mental note of what I knew about the course I'd signed up for. Snowboarding? check. Mountains? check. A fair amount of peace and quiet? check. Other than this, I had no real idea of what to expect on my travels.

The moment I stepped off the bus in Wanaka and looked up, I knew I'd come to the right place. I drew in a quick breath at the sheer number of stars, lighting up the evening sky, and the cloudy swathe of the milky way, ripping the sky in two like an open wound. It's been 6 years since I've seen a sky like this.

Tags: arriving, on the road, stars, travel

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