It is quite a time ago since my last Blog entry … actually exactly 9 weeks.

After arriving back home, I made a small Switzerland trip to visit my family and friends and settled back into my apartment. It was awesome to see them all again after my trip πŸ™‚

But in fact, I had 10 days before my little furry friend Joli arrived. And then, on February 19, he really did arrive at the airport.Β Beside having a Jet-lag, the weather was not really welcoming to him. It was incredible cold … So first thing to do was to find a jumper to keep him a bit warm while walking. As it started to snow a couple of days later, I think he really wished to be back in Thailand πŸ™‚

 

 

Even though he had quite rough conditions, he settled in very very well. Now, after nearly 7 weeks, he enjoys the first spring days with sun and great warm weather.

 

 

And I have to say, my little smart furry friend is doing absolutely great and always thinks about what to explore next (if not sleeping) πŸ™‚ Now we are working on basic obedience to be able to explore everything we like.

 

 

We then might redirect the blog slightly to a smaller world – such as our trips and experiences around Switzerland and Europe … let’s see … I am still thinking about how to move forward with my web page ….

Anyway, here are some impressions from our trip to Thun (Bernese Oberland) – Visit of my brother’s family. And to be honest … its just a great place to enjoy countryside and a great view to the Alps πŸ™‚

 

 

 

 

 

 

Superlative – Dubai

After 19.5h travel time I am actually quite happy to have planned a additional night in Dubai.

Well, it’s not as hot as expected but I do not want to complain … the sun is shining though 😁

I made a Big Bus Tour to get at least an rough overview of the city … it seems all is taller, longer, etc here – at least according the tour guide … reminds me a bit of Las Vegas – just without the incredible amount of Casinos 😁

Anyway, due to heavy traffic I decided to shorten my tour and enjoyed instead a nice drink on the terrace and enjoyed the afternoon sun 😎

A nice way to spend the last day before my return home 😁

Last days

My last days I spent with going back to Christchurch. But straight was naturally not an option 😁 instead I went for a quick look to Arthur’s Pass.

One more time to see the New Zealand Alps 😁 and I was again very lucky! It was raining when I arrived … but the next morning could not be more beautiful β˜€οΈ

After my little detour I headed to Christchurch and my last accomodation was just great! A super hostel (Haka Lodge) with great people.

My last hours I then spent in the Willowbank Wildlife Reserve – to see at least once a Kiwi (not just hearing) πŸ˜€

None of those birds is a Kiwi … obviously… but pictures are not allowed of the Kiwis 😁 anyway it was a nice way to finish my New Zealand experience!

Now I am at the airport waiting on my plane to leave for Dubai! … getting a step closer to home😁

Lake Tekapo

I spent two nights at Lake Tekapo since it is known for the best stargazing in New Zealand. Anyhow, during the day, it is hard to see any stars πŸ™‚ Therefore I did a short walk to Mt. John and treated myself with a Hot Pool in the Tekapo Springs afterwards.

Hiking Mt. John

The two nights itself, I spent in the car, since all affordable accommodations were sold out in a distance of at least 1 hour.

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Honestly, the two nights were not that bad as expected in the beginning. And it allowed me, to do the stargazing. Unfortunately only on the first night … the second was far too cloudy in the end. But I won’t complain – the sky had an uncountable amount of stars and was adorable …

New Phototastic Collage

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Mt. Cook

On my way up towards Lake Tekapo I made a little detour to Mt Cook. And I got not disappointed!

I walked the Hooker Treck. An easy path right to the front of Mt Cook. A gorgeous walk – only a bit annoying is the amount of people … but anyway, according my opinion still worth it 😁

While driving back (and actually also on the way to Mt Cook) I enjoyed the astonishing colored Lake Pukaki.

In general most of the lakes do have a very strong blue color! But this one changes the color from a milky/grayish to a turquoise blue at the end (unfortunately not really visible on the pictures). Just beautiful πŸ˜‰

Milford Sound

Today the weather forecast was rain! This was great for my trip to Milford Sound! 😁

I saw the Sounds under good weather conditions two days ago with the scenic flight. Now I really wanted to see them in the mystic atmosphere! And here we go …

in the morning I saw a lovely rainbow. A bit further it started to get cloudy, and at Milford Sound it was raining and all the awesome waterfalls along the way were gorgeous 😁

As all the other tourist I did the cruise … and it was really cool. Quite windy though and sometimes quite a rough sea … but this made the experience just better 😁

Along our cruise we saw also a couple of seals and some more waterfalls which were up to 150m!

Surprisingly I met the two guys from Scotland again, which I met at Franz Josef Glacier. I got a lovely invite for a pasta dinner at their campsite. So it was an overall great day with a great company for dinner 😁