sexta-feira, 17 de abril de 2015

(not exactly) Tongariro Crossing





The amount of unpredictable changes that made my day!

It all started back in Auckland, I scheduled a bus transportation to Tongariro National Park on Monday to do the famous crossing on Tuesday and then get back on Wednesday. Well, sometime, things do not follow your plans. My ticket, for starters, said that the departure time was 10:10am when actually the bus came on 9:10am! An system error occurred just with me, in that exactly date!
No worries... I called the company (NakedBus) and they rescheduled my trip to Wednesday, so now the crossing was moved to Thursday  I would get back at Friday. The last thing was to also reschedule the hostel (YHA) that I was staying and pray for not pay any any fees, which, fortunately, I didn't! 

So, on Wednesday I took the bus, almost 5 hours to get on National Park. Passing by Taupo city, which is always nice to visit with the beautiful Huka Falls and outstanding Lake Taupo

Finally, at 4:45pm I got on the National Park. And I was starving! So, I went to a coffee shop close to the hostel and I ate one of the best sandwiches of my life! Also, met one guy from Uruguay who was doing Medicine school here in NZ, quite nice fellow. After that, I came to my room to organize my stuff and then I had nothing else to do but wait the next day.

The second surprise of the trip was also one of the most important. In the hostel, on Wednesday night, I met 3 brasilians that were in the same program as me (Science Without Borders) and they came from Australia on their break making a 2 weeks trip along NZ. Andre, Eduardo and Ze (father of Eduardo). They invited me to have dinner with them and get to know better each other.

Now, remember when I said before that things don't work the way you planed? Yeah...

In the very next day, Thursday, after I rented boots and pants for the Tongariro Crossing, it came the sad news... it was closed! Due to the wind of over 80km/h in some parts of the track. I gotta say, what a disappointment! Come all the way there to nothing! Wait... not exactly!  

See the brasilians that I met in the night before they had a car so we went to a close village (Whakapapa Village) and decided to do another crossing and see the Lakes Tamas, and I've got to say, risking being criticized, it is probably more beautiful than the Tongariro! Who have done the other can confirm for me after seeing the following Video (at the top) and Photos:

Equipment used:
 - Thermal Waterproof Pants
 - Sportive Pants
 - Two Underwear
 - Two socks (preference is for long ones!)
 - Pair of boots
 - Bonnet + two layers of clothes, light and for cold
 - Waterproof Jacket
 - Sneaks (peanuts, cereal bars and sandwiches)
 - Camera

Being prepared is the key. The Knock-Head here forgot to bring long socks and afforded to hurt the heels, that luckily, I hadn't. Make use of meteorological services like MetService also assists a lot! Then, is just walking and enjoying the view and company.

Our trip continues!

See ya!

sábado, 11 de abril de 2015

I'm Back!

"Just when you think that I was out they pull me right back in!"


Dear readers, I'm sorry that it took this long for me to post again here, but I have not given up on you neither abandoned this mission!

It's just that my classes at the University started and they are great, actually, I'm learning a lot! However, with the routine of studies nothing really relevant came up!

Well, fortunately we have the breaks! Like this one of 2 weeks that I'm having right now, which gave me the opportunity to do new things again!

Today, it started with an morning in Mission Bay. Very relaxing enjoying the sun. But the night! That was the BIG EVENT.

I'm talking about ED SHEERAN Show! Of course!

No right words to describe! He is truly talented, amazing! Each song started sometimes calm others a lot involving and eventually he increases the beat and the speed calling everyone to 'Sing' together! AWESOME.

                                                    See more on the Videos and Photos:

   You can access the Video using the direct link here: Show Jamie Lawson + Ed Sheeran

Details about the VIDEO:

* In the beginning of the video you can see Ed playing his song 'Sing' as a preview.

** There is, after that, the final part of other truly talented artist Jamie Lawson

The next post will come soon! I swear it!