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At Rainbow Springs, Rotorua

Dear friends, I sincerely hope you are not freezing to death over there in Europe! I haven't been updating myself on the news front in quite a while, but when I got a text from my dad, saying he had just had his morning dip in minus 27 degrees Celsius, I understood that it must be true and severe. (Don't worry, he does that all the time and in all weathers..)

Sorry for being out of touch for a while.. I blame the lost day of the 1st of February, the stinky mud pools of Rotorua, the fact that I got a beautiful green stone necklace, hence: I'm a kiwi now, I also blame jet lag and the friendly kiwis.

So, just to say that the weather here in NZ is not what it's supposed to be, but it feels like a chilly Swedish summer, so its all good.

La Viruta with the tango girls!
Even had some rain (hear that Belgium!).

When still in BA, I focused 190% on tango and also had a kind of Grand Finale by dancing for first 5 hours during the day and then going to milongas from 23 to 06 in the morning! Not bad and totally unforgettable.. I danced like I've never danced before. I met and made friends with one of the tango queens of Buenos Aires, Andrea. Got some insights in the Argentinian culture and we had a very funny night. She said that I must be Latin/Argentinian and not a "cold, reserved Swede". Haha.

After that I flew to Santiago and spent a day at the Valparaiso shoreline. Was not truly impressed with Valparaiso, but in the end when I saw some pelicans flying in formation low over the ocean and spotted some magnificent sea lions out on an abandoned concrete thingie in the harbour, it was worth the trip.

Sea lions and pelicanes in Valparaiso
I also dipped my feet in the freezing water and got too much sun :(. Red as a crayfish I went on the plane to New Zealand. I lost the 1st of February and have been trying to catch up ever since.. ;).

One week passes by very fast here at the other side of the world... NZ has been lovely though. I've seen some spectacular nature and been to some gorgeous beaches. Picked mussels off the rocks which later on was put on the BBQ. Yummy! I've seen some very active little kiwi birds, very funny.  And I've been up to "one tree hill" which has no tree on it though. But what a fantastic view over the whole of Auckland.

In the end the good weather caught up with us as we visited Raglan, a notorious surfers place. Such a beautiful place and beach. People here are really nice and relaxed. I've had some excellent "local" guides ;) and had a great time! One week is definitely not enough and now I'm quite exhausted from impressions and travel. I think this rather messy blog shows the extent of that... I'll take some time to rest and relax now. :)

Cheers from a sunny Melbourne, Australia!

xx

Monica

sylviandavid says:
LOL .... Can't help but to think you might be twisting the knife .... it's raining here in Eureka, CA .... Get some sunblock on ....
Posted on: Feb 09, 2012
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At Rainbow Springs, Rotorua
At Rainbow Springs, Rotorua
La Viruta with the tango girls!
La Viruta with the tango girls!
Sea lions and pelicanes in Valpara…
Sea lions and pelicanes in Valpar…
NZ
NZ
Driving through NZ
Driving through NZ
Lots of black swans in Rotoiti
Lots of black swans in Rotoiti
Fish market in Valparaiso, you sho…
Fish market in Valparaiso, you sh…
Beach of Valparaiso
Beach of Valparaiso
Bethells beach in NZ
Bethells beach in NZ
Bethells Beach
Bethells Beach
Does this not look very Swedish..?…
Does this not look very Swedish..…
Meatballkiwi
Meatballkiwi
Geeming the BBQ master
Geeming the BBQ master
Lake Rotoiti
Lake Rotoiti
Raglan
Raglan
Kiwi with the extinct Moa bird
Kiwi with the extinct Moa bird
Donna, me and the Moa
Donna, me and the Moa
Normal size kiwi
Normal size kiwi
Sunset at Raglan
Sunset at Raglan
One tree hill, Auckland
One tree hill, Auckland