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Many Adventures of a Nomadic Poet A young poet with Asperger's makes travel his passion, and away he goes...

Martian Red Soil

CUBA | Tuesday, 27 Oct 2009 | Views [2623]

After spending five days in La Habana, I decided to make a run for Viñales. Let me tell you first how I got there, because getting there turned out to be half the fun. After taking a taxi to the Autopista (Cuba's central highway) I wanted to hitchhike.... Read more >

Tags: caving, culture, hiking, karst landscapes, old cars

The Real Havana!

CUBA | Friday, 23 Oct 2009 | Views [1783]

This morning I woke up early but I was too lazy to leave. I don't know why. I paid Lisdey 30 CUC for my stay and I just lazed around for a bit. After having a few cups of tea I was finally ready to set out at about noon. My plan was to go to Angie's ... Read more >

Tags: history, people, socialism

Photos: Havana

CUBA | Wednesday, 21 Oct 2009 | Photo Gallery

Classic cars, socialism, free health care: Welcome to Cuba
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'50s Time Capsule

CUBA | Wednesday, 21 Oct 2009 | Views [2530]

When I first landed in Cuba, I must admit I was a little bit scared. In the "address in Cuba" I wrote the address of a casa particular that I had no intentions of staying at. Since I'm American I had to ask the customs official not to stamp ... Read more >

Tags: adventures, history, old cars, people, socialism

Turtles and Tortuguero

COSTA RICA | Friday, 16 Oct 2009 | Views [1511]

As I approached Tortuguero after the one-hour boat ride, I immediately thought "Venice of the Caribbean." However, once I walked into town I realized that only the few buildings near the dock are partially built on water. Tortuguero means ... Read more >

Photos: Volcán Irazú

COSTA RICA | Saturday, 10 Oct 2009 | Photo Gallery

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Eyes on both coasts

COSTA RICA | Saturday, 10 Oct 2009 | Views [502]

Standing at the corner of Avenida 2 and Calle 3, there's a sign for the bus to Volcan Irazu. The other day I had teeth pulled out and I have a mouthful of stitches, so I was ready for an escape from San Jose for the day. Earlier I asked Jonathan if he ... Read more >

Dental work in Costa Rica

COSTA RICA | Friday, 9 Oct 2009 | Views [5386] | Comments [1]

Now this is something to write about! I travelled to San José, Costa Rica to have dental work done! Scary? Not quite! First off, I'll tell you about the first couple of days in San José. When I landed, customs was a breeze, unlike two years ago when ... Read more >

Tags: adventures, medical

Photos: San José

COSTA RICA | Wednesday, 7 Oct 2009 | Photo Gallery

A very boring and dirty city but I still had all the fun I could. There are many great CouchSurfers there and they showed me some great places to go
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The Fijian way

FIJI | Wednesday, 19 Aug 2009 | Views [862]

Nisa Bula! As I stumble through the arrival hall with a bottle of duty-free liquor (which my host family asked me to purchase) after getting like my eighth Fiji passport stamp, I spot my name hastily scribbled on a piece of paper. His name is Ratu, ... Read more >

Tags: food, hospitality, people

Busy in "Gissy"

NEW ZEALAND | Sunday, 9 Aug 2009 | Views [1018]

After four months in the most touristed area of NZ, I find myself in Gisborne, or "Gissy" as it's often called. The eastern half of the North Island probably has the smallest concentration of tourists in the entire country. There's a very ... Read more >

Tags: culture

Photos: East Coast

NEW ZEALAND | Friday, 7 Aug 2009 | Photo Gallery

Gisborne and the eastern half of the North Island. The greatest presence of Maori influence is in this region
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Rees-Dart Track

NEW ZEALAND | Thursday, 30 Apr 2009 | Views [5522]

             Conditions really deteriorated since last night when it wasn’t too cold and I could see the stars but this morning it was very cold and gloomy, like it was on the verge of rain. Anyways, I packed up my tent and all my other stuff and ... Read more >

Tags: adventures, nature, tramping, wilderness

Photos: Rees-Dart Track

NEW ZEALAND | Thursday, 30 Apr 2009 | Photo Gallery

A 5-day, 4-night physically demanding walk through the deep New Zealand wilderness but the breathtaking views more than make up for the hard work of getting there! This is my favourite track in the country.
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Mt. Arthur Lookout

NEW ZEALAND | Sunday, 22 Mar 2009 | Views [1050]

I’ve spent four nights in Ngatimoti now, and I certainly felt better today than I did yesterday. This morning I woke up at 9:45 AM and washed up. Last night I had a dream that I was stranded in Sao Paulo. I was ready for a walk up to Mt. Arthur ... Read more >

Photos: Motueka

NEW ZEALAND | Sunday, 22 Mar 2009 | Photo Gallery

Motueka and the top of the North Island. I stayed at the best farm around!
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Cape Reinga revisited

NEW ZEALAND | Thursday, 26 Feb 2009 | Views [1293]

It was an outrageously adventurous day in the Northland today. We nearly got stranded but we made it out. First let me get to the good part. Oh I'm a self-professed traveloholic, by the way! OK OK I'll get to my day. This morning I washed up and then ... Read more >

I meet Maria

NEW ZEALAND | Wednesday, 25 Feb 2009 | Views [249]

This morning I was awoken when I heard someone yelling "Chris, Chris" It was Gabe and Lance because they were freezing cold. They had asked me to paddle to shore but a fisherman offered to give them a lift over. Lance's sleeping bag was soaked ... Read more >

Sailing from the Barrier to Paihia

NEW ZEALAND | Sunday, 22 Feb 2009 | Views [1929]

It was a big day of sailing as we set out toward the Bay of Islands today! This morning when I woke up I knew it was going to be so hard leaving because Nikki is a very nice lady! I took a shower and then made my morning cuppa earl grey with a teaspoon ... Read more >

Photos: Great Barrier Island

NEW ZEALAND | Tuesday, 17 Feb 2009 | Photo Gallery

Two mates and I embarked on an amazing sailing journey on a seven-metre yacht to Great Barrier Island: an island with no main electricity supply, street lights, banks, or supermarkets. It's like New Zealand 60 years ago!
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Niuean culture

NIUE | Monday, 9 Feb 2009 | Views [2145]

Fakaalofa atu (Hello in Niuean ). My 10 th day on Niue has passed. When I began my travels four years ago in Australia I was only there for two weeks; it was much too short. Nowadays I’m spending two weeks on Niue . This morning I woke ... Read more >

Tags: culture, food, hitchhiking, hospitality

The Far East

NIUE | Thursday, 5 Feb 2009 | Views [466]

When you hear "The Far East" it immediately conjures up images. Prototypically it's Shanghai or Tokyo, or to the more adventurous it could be Vietnam or even Mongolia. Whilst I'm half an ocean away from Asia, today I went to Liku, the village ... Read more >

Talava Arches

NIUE | Wednesday, 4 Feb 2009 | Views [905]

Niue this! Niue that! Niue! Niue! Niue! It's so different! This morning I was awoken by a chorus of roosters just outside my window. Niue has been my temporary home for five days now! Except for that whole debacle coming here I've enjoyed every minute ... Read more >

On top of frustration, a car, and the world. One crazy story!

NIUE | Monday, 2 Feb 2009 | Views [2665] | Comments [2]

Great God, I've been in Niue for three days and it's been misery! Why did I do this to myself? I still don't have any money. My father isn't able to wire me any because he barely has enough to pay the rent. My uncle and mother hardly have any for ... Read more >

Photos: Niue

NIUE | Sunday, 1 Feb 2009 | Photo Gallery

The world's smallest independent republic. There are no beaches here; bring a sense of adventure!
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A Dutchman and the Ahura

NEW ZEALAND | Sunday, 25 Jan 2009 | Views [831]

For three days I've been searching, and today it paid off! This morning I woke up extra early at the crack of dawn so I could scout around for someone going across the strait. Yesterday I learned my lesson because I missed a catamaran by only ... Read more >

Tags: sailing

Photos: Cook Strait

NEW ZEALAND | Sunday, 25 Jan 2009 | Photo Gallery

In my plan to hitchhike the length of New Zealand, I hung around Picton for three days trying to find a yacht to hitch on, and I succeeded! I've successfully hitchhiked the full length of Aotearoa
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Photos: Kepler Track

NEW ZEALAND | Thursday, 15 Jan 2009 | Photo Gallery

One of my favourite tracks on the South Island. Here I got gorgeous views of Lake Te Anau as I walked above the treeline
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Christmas in paradise and seclusion

NEW ZEALAND | Thursday, 25 Dec 2008 | Views [1429]

It's Christmas! But for me it's not your average Christmas. Most people wake up to presents around the tree, a cup of hot cocoa, and lots of good cheer, usually surrounded by family. This year, I'm in seclusion, deep in a glacier-carved valley. I woke ... Read more >

Photos: Copland Track

NEW ZEALAND | Wednesday, 24 Dec 2008 | Photo Gallery

On Christmas Eve I walked more than 12 miles deep into the Copland Valley on the West Coast. A good soak in the hot pools, combined with a sublime view of the Southern Alps felt so invigorating! On Christmas Day I spent the day out there, continuing to ... Read more >
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Whitebait, anyone?

NEW ZEALAND | Wednesday, 17 Dec 2008 | Views [1624]

Two weeks ago whilst working with Ingrid at the store, a customer walked in and asked about whitebait. My response was "ah, that's used for fishing." Ingrid looked at me rather harshly and said "No, that's not fishing bait!" Feeling ... Read more >

Tags: food

Photos: Central Otago

NEW ZEALAND | Tuesday, 9 Dec 2008 | Photo Gallery

Rocky, brown Otago is very different to flat, green Southland
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A case of Clyde-itis

NEW ZEALAND | Monday, 8 Dec 2008 | Views [630]

Welcome to Clyde. Population: 918 This town may be a little dot on a map of the South Island, but it sure holds a special place in my heart. A wee while back I was thumbin' it near Milton (home of the "odd kink in the road") and I was picked ... Read more >

Photos: Clyde

NEW ZEALAND | Monday, 8 Dec 2008 | Photo Gallery

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Gold and Greenstone

NEW ZEALAND | Wednesday, 3 Dec 2008 | Views [1468] | Comments [1]

It was a day of trying to strike it rich in the Land of Greenstone (and in some places, gold). I got up at 10:00 and packed my tent, sleeping bag and a few other things so I could go camping tonight. I wasn't sure where I would end up, but I was thinking ... Read more >

Sutherland Falls

NEW ZEALAND | Saturday, 15 Nov 2008 | Views [1431]

Today was day three on the Milford Track. I was still in “dreamland” as everyone else was getting ready to tackle MacKinnon Pass. At 8:30 I washed up hurriedly and packed up everything and ran out the door. Since I walked up to MacKinnon Pass yesterday, ... Read more >

Mintaro Hut

NEW ZEALAND | Friday, 14 Nov 2008 | Views [751]

Day two of the Milford Track trek! I woke up at 7:00 AM when I heard all the ruckus of everyone else getting ready to set out. I got dressed and then washed up. Laurel and I took a photo together with our bags to make it official that we’re Milford ... Read more >

Photos: Milford Track

NEW ZEALAND | Thursday, 13 Nov 2008 | Photo Gallery

New Zealand's most well-known of the Great Walks, it's a bit commercialized but nonetheless incredibly beautiful!
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Kiwi spotting

NEW ZEALAND | Wednesday, 5 Nov 2008 | Views [1578]

Ian told me that if I want to get to Mason Bay before dark, that it isn’t worth it to go around the mud on the track. We went through the Paterson Inlet and then up the Freshwater River. Ian has to time the ride to go at high tide. At 6:00, I ... Read more >

Tags: adventures, beaches, kiwi, nature, wilderness

Photos: Southland

NEW ZEALAND | Thursday, 30 Oct 2008 | Photo Gallery

Invercargill, the Catlins, Tuatapere, and the surrounding areas. There isn't much to do in Invercargill but I ended up here several times on my great journey.
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