Some pictures of the five last days in Wellington! Party time, sunny Christmas time (i will never get used to it!!), and some random photos of the city center. Mikki, my Israeli travel buddy left this morning.. he is hitch-hiking … Continue reading →
After a quite chaotic week, it is finally time to settle a bit. Wellington looks perfect for that. You just need a walk in the cuba street (main street of the city center with cool bars, shops and hipster people), or enjoy the view from the botanic garden to feel that this city is really relaxed and has good vibes.
A new step because it is a new challenge: sell the van to get back the money we invested, get a job, and meet new people. My travel buddies are leaving on their own way.
I feel lucky, again, to be hosted by Chantale and Melanie (thanks Pascal for the plan) for the first days. Their house has character, cool flatmates and is well located in Wellington with a free parking for the van. They are having a big house party tonight, a great opportunity to meet people. I wont miss that chance! : )
We left Tauro 3 days ago.. After 10Km, the gearbox suddenly broke down. I was unable to reach the third speed. Bad times.
We drove back to the city on the 2nd speed at 20km/h. It started raining. We went to a Ford Garage, and felt really bad as we saw the face expression of the mechanic. “It doesn’t look good for you guys”.. The first cost estimate was really really expensive, so we asked around for a more honest Garage.
The gearbox had to be replaced, we had to stay 2 days in front of the garage to receive a second hand one.. This experience will make me smile in a while.. but it really wasn’t cool at the moment. Trying to stay positive tough, it’s only material. And i’ll sell the van in Wellington for (hopefully) a good price to get some money back.
The gearbox has been fixed yesterday, so we drove 6 hours directly to Wellington. We are staying for a few nights by Celine and Chantale. Very friendly. It was so nice to settle down a bit, and finally relax after this sad episode. Now i have a new city to discover, and i already have a very good feeling about it.
We arrived in Taupo 3 days ago, very nice town next to a very large lake and some mountains in the background (with some snow on the top!). What a transition after a long series of beaches and the ocean … Continue reading →
We reached Hot water beach in the afternoon.. amazing place, again. At low tide, you can just dig a hole at a very specific spot and hot water comes out!! really hot water, i got almost burn on the first … Continue reading →
We kept driving along the coast.. the landscapes are amazing! The jungle is flirting with the Ocean. The more we were driving north the more the roads were tiny, and steep. Quite amazing, we had the feeling to have reached … Continue reading →
Here we go, first step with the van from Auckland to Coromandel. Amazing little roads on the seeside. We spent the first night directly on the Ocean. We met friendly people that told us the best locations to visit.. Fantastic … Continue reading →
Me and Cécile were randomly walking in the Area of Parnell yesterday, that’s how we first met Hector.
We met him in front of “the big house“, known by any pizza delivery in town. We spent the evening there. This house is a kind of community of more than 20 people from many countries. A huge house on 3 levels with many rooms, a large and busy kitchen, many music instruments, a fantastic garden, and an unique view on Auckland city centre from the balcony.
We met many interesting people telling their stories, travels and advices. I spoke french, german, and english. This place is a “world junction”. I wish I could have spend more time there.
Hector is a bit old, but he’s got much style, lot of travelling experience and we quickly knew that he was going to be our travel buddy.. We are going to hit the road together from tomorrow morning. I’ll post some pictures asap. Here we goooo !!!