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Greymouth – just a town in West Coast but offers delicious craft beer and amazing breakfast pancakes

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June 4, 2018

Leaving the mysterious ghost town of Waiuta behind we’ve decided to have an overnight stop in Greymouth and treat ourselves to a decent dinner and a night out in the city. Now let me tell you if you have a limited time in New Zealand, Greymouth is not worth…

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Welcome to Waiuta – a ghost town of the West Coast

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May 25, 2018

Do you know what I love the most about being a full-time traveler versus just traveling for a few weeks holiday? It’s the ability to take time and enjoy the little things, which you might be forced to skip when having a tight schedule. Waiuta may not be an…

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Raving New Year and the Golden Bay

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May 15, 2018

Let me start by stating the obvious – it has been nearly 2 months since our last post and I guess I could go ahead and say we’ve been really busy but the truth is we’ve just settled for the past months at Bay…

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City break at the hipsterish Wellington a.k.a Windy Wellington

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March 23, 2018

New Zealand’s windiest city – the lovely hipsterish Wellington was where we spent our next 3 days after Christmas. To sum up our short stay in Wellington – hipster vibe all around with all the cafes, craft beer quirky bars, skaters in the streets, beautiful coastline, and extreme winds…

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The holiday season – our hot and sunny Kiwi Christmas in New Zealand

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March 15, 2018

Do you know that feeling when traveling you suddenly realize you no longer know which day of the week it is, and you don’t really care as it no longer has any hold on you – it doesn’t have any meaning for you or carries any limitations on your…

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Trailer Park Life (a.k.a. welcome to Matamata)

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March 5, 2018

Right before Christmas after exploring Northland, we had decided to treat ourselves with a proper stay in a cabin – with a normal bed, kitchen and even hot pools available in the holiday park for the same price. We looked around and chose what seemed a great deal and…

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Giant Sand Dunes, Cape Reinga and everything that Northland is about

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February 28, 2018

After the farm, we decided it was a time to further explore the Northland. First, we have found a DOC campsite at a Kauri forest near to The Bay of Islands – Puketi Recreation Area Campsite, where we spent the night. Even though…

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The Farm – cows, horses and the pain in the ass

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February 25, 2018

After traveling from beach to beach, from campsite to campsite we have decided it was about time to settle in one place at least for a few nights and that is how we came across The Farm. Algirdas, in fact, had already spotted it before on Campermate app and…

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Glowworms, stars and all of it that New Zealand shines

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February 14, 2018

No need to get too excited, though. It has actually been a while since I wrote, and we do have quite a bit of catching up to do. Just to sum it up quite shortly – there was quite a…

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Life is a beach in New Zealand

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February 11, 2018

December 13th, 2017 at Otamure beach (Algirdas is excited)

Life is a beach. Or at least it has been our life for the past week. Starting with few nights in Muriwai, then Whatipu and last night in Uretiti bay, where we got to witness sunrise…

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  • Back in November we did the Tongariro Norther Circuit track and it was nothing less than glorious and felt exactly like stepping right into the #MiddleEarth. 
All those dark rocks and wastelands, steaming mountain slopes, the smell of sulfur in the air and just that feel of something bigger than you. 
Even though, we got some rain, cold winds and annoying sandfly attacks (at the first campsite by the stream), the track was mesmerizing and magical every step of the way. As beside the latter, it also offered the most beautiful night sky I've ever witnessed and the most breathtaking views. Though sadly, for all its beauty, the mountain also claimed the sacrifice of @al.got.stories beloved #rayban sunnies. 😎

We did the track anticlockwise and if I had to choose I would do so all over again. Mostly because I prefer the solitude in our hikes and this option allowed us to enjoy it for most of the way during the 3 days on a track. Though this spot at Emerald lakes was exactly the place where we had to pass the crowds of day walkers doing the Tongariro crossing. While I have nothing against it, it is much more enjoyable wandering the mountains all by yourself (well, maybe sharing with few others) rather than walking in a crowd of hundreds  of other people (who are always always somewhere in your shot). Lucky for us, we only shared the track with others for an hour or so while passing through the crowd at the Red Crater. The crowd finally passed and we got back to our solitude of enjoying the view of Emerald Lakes, Red Crater and mountain peaks which were followed by the way down the Devil Stairs and incredible sunset with a stunning view of Taranaki at a distance. 
Anyway, I guess what I wanna say is - if you ever have a chance, go and do the Northern Circuit!
  • When I get the feeling that something's going wrong, I just take a stroll through my photos and they immediatly bring me back to those special moments when everything in the universe lined out just as it was supposed to and nothing could ever ruin it! And that's enough to just grab and hold on to that happiness that will forever be mine.
  • Well here's one more photo of this amazing lady and her heart-warming smile! I sure miss those evening strolls by the river in Hoi An where life never stops.
  • How really relative is time? 
Seems like over the past year and a half of travelling I've lived more than a decade. Yet it has been nearly 3 months since we got back home, settled in new home and started new jobs. Even though time flies by, life seems stuck at one place, like living the same day over and over again. It is hard to get over traveling and facing the steady life reality - like getting over an addiction for new exciting experiences when you itch for a new 'dose'. Yet can't deny that stability has its own perks. 
Still, funny when you think how relative time really is. Sometimes a month can fit experiences of a year and another month can fly by in an instance and you realuze that nothing really happened. Anyway, I've been gone for the past few months but I guess it was part of dealing with my post-travel blues settling in a new steady routine. 
How have you been lately?
  • Wandering those beautiful ancient streets of Hoi An, I couldn't take my eyes away from the beautiful old ladies selling water lanterns. So many stories they could tell, so many people they've met, so many troubles they've endured and yet they greet you with a wide smile from ear to ear offering to buy a wish in a form of a river lantern costing just a few cents. No matter what, every night you'll find them in their usual spot - day after day, year after year just trying to make a living. It amazes me how after all their troubles and worries, and all the rude passers by  encountered, they still manage to smile at you with all their kindness offering to buy that one lantern for a wish which eventually will help their family wishes come true, or at least will let them put a meal on a table. Even if you don't buy, don't forget to treat one another with a kindness and a smile.
  • So this one finalize my series of the camping shots I took back while doing the Tongariro Northern Circuit. 
Funny story: while I spent the night outside shooting stars, a guy came out of a nearby tent. I silently said "isn't the sky just incredible?" He got startled as appearantly didn't notice me before. Then he took a look up and said 'yeah, it really is'. After a few minutes just staring at the sky he went to the outhouse toilet and back to sleep. 
Only in the morning I heard him telling a story to his friends how he woke in the middle of the night wishing to quickly take a piss just outside the tent as was too lazy to go to the toilet. But it was when a girl out of nowhere interrupted him and made him look up at the stars. Eventually he ended up having to go to the toilet in the middle of the night but if it wasn't for me, he said he may have never seen the beauty of that incredible sky.

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