Friday 3rd of June, Turangi DOC
My time is almost
over…. It is going oh so fast… 6 weeks have flown by, like the wind
goes 100 km/h up here sometimes…
It is crazy, but
I’m already in my last week at the park and not really willing to go
yet… haven’t seen half of it.
This last week
was super nice, unless the keeping inside part a lot. SNOW was
everywhere… you could see the volcanoes covered in white blankets,
some patches of the red tussock coming through, just so different
after 5 weeks of wondering around…
Have to admit it
was super cold… most of the time I spent hanging with my feet above
the heater, those little toes frozen….
Once at night I
have to turn of the heater and jump as fast as I can in my sleeping
bag with clothes and hat on, everything… so I’m still alive in the
morning. But there is nothing like a hot cup of coffee on the deck
outside, fresh snow everywhere, sitting alone and thinking… wow…
there is absolutely nothing I need else than this couple of minutes
to realize it…. The sun saying hello… to me first ( I hope so than,
think so than)
I have been
downloading as many pictures as is thought to be good for you… much
more will make you drawl… which we don’t want above keyboards of
I’m having a good
time still… a bit sad it is coming to an end… what is good is that
something amazing will follow, of which I will write when time
Have made a bunch
of super friends here; Virginie (France), Steffi
Tash, Anna, Andrew (UK), Megan
Joanna and Sandra from New Zealand…. And more. Virginie and I worked
together, we've been on the same shift so were free on the same
time. She's an amazing person, travelling for over 6 years now,
Alaska, Canada, Austarlia... we've become close spending so much
time together. She painted a super painting while I was there, very
talented. And our biggest in common thing is.... love and passion
for Wolves. I'm going to miss her.
I have to send my
sincere gratitude to Jimmy Johnson,
the coordinator and supervisor of us all, he has been great and made
it all possible in the first place…..
Being up there,
most of the time on my own, I’ve had the time to think about a lot
of things… and I have to say… I miss you all and hope when seeing
you again, we can talk and talk and hug! Haha…. Going to be so much
Well, have to go
and get my shower for the week… Wish you all the very best and
thanks for reading my stuff….
Saturday 11 June, Tauranga
of my best fiends, cruising around in her super Van… Anna came to
visit me. Arriving at Turangi last weekend, she has been in New
Zealand for a couple of months now, picking mandarins up in the
corner (Kerikeri) that I haven't seen yet and probably wont this
trip... Our second day together we already marked our being together
so far from home... we got a piercing?! Oeps...
with me to Waihohonu Hut for my last couple of days in the Park. It
was so cool to show her what I’ve been up to here for the last 2
months. I can’t believe it is all over already. She loved it, only
the muscles hurt a little still.
one of the most beautiful experiences to work in such an amazing and
unique environment. It could be cold and sometimes you’re out there
for a couple of days by yourself, but that makes it all so
different. I loved it and realise that I’ve learned a lot from it as
well, it gave me time to think about my past journey, current
thoughts and plans, future, feelings, situations…Made me fit again
and it was just healing to hike around there.
our Pick Up from the last 3 working days, we had a party with all
the Wardens and Rangers together, which was fun! Nathan, my friend
from the South Island showed up as well, which was a nice surprise.
2 Visitors for me??????? Wow
We had a
Debrief meeting the day after, to evaluate the huts, the house, the
work field and projects. Jimmy made us some nice afternoon snacks
and once back at the house Anna, Nathan and I left for our
hard to say goodbye to my friends there, so left faster than ever…
doesn't make sense dough?!
Rotorua, Maketu, Mt. Mangenui and now am in Tauranga…
Beautiful days, amazing sunsets by the East-coast,
having a nice time wit Anna. Who would have thought we were going to
travel together for a couple of days… Am really Happy she’s here and
we’re doing this Road-trip, we’re having lot’s of fun and enjoying
is just to follow up the Coastline and then Auckland is the
spot of destination. Anna is leaving to Thailand for a couple of
months and coming back later to escape the cold winter down
have one more week in New Zealand, so better make the best of
friday I’m flying out to Chile, Patagonia, Punta Arenas….. The other
side of the world. Am really excited about this because this is a
dream coming true. Since a long time I've been wanting to go to
South-America. Spanish coming up.
After 22,5 hours flying I arrived at the end of the
The views from out of the plain flying towards Chili
were just overwhelming. A warm shiver went through my spine. It was
a real astonishing picture, the ocean, mountains scattered on the
shore within, The Andes in the background, covered in snow, the
clouds hanging in the valleys.
My 2nd flight going to Punta Arenas was
almost cancelled, because of weather conditions. I was lucky because
if so I was going to Puerto Montt (which I don´t mind) receiving a
free night in a hotel by Lan Chile.... but the flight went through,
which was even better.
I arrived here late, tried to stay awake as much of
the trip as possible, just because I thought it would be the best to
avoid a Jet lag. The last two flights (Santiago-Puerto Montt-Punta
Arenas) I haven´t been able to keep my eyes open.
I am seriously out of
Can´t sleep at night and I wake up in the middle of
the day..? It´s actually really hard to get the rithm right, but I´m
not worried, I´ve got time, No
I’m staying at Antonio’s Old Germans house, belonging
to his parents now living in Santiago. A huge house full of very old
fashioned hand made furniture, pretty
He offered me to stay on the second day I was here,
very friendly and peaceful person with a lot to tell. Knowing much
about the culture and history of Patagonia and having an interesting
life, I landed in the right place!
It´s again ideal, all of it, hard to understand in a
way, but thanks to this I will be able to join a Ferry to Puerto
Williams, the most South Island of Patagonia, after that Ushuaia,
whatever I like. (his friend is the manager fo the ferry company,
met him yesterday and he comes with the suggestion; would you like
to go there....?What ? Well naturally yeah! More than anything....
Driving on the street next to the Magallan Strait,
with Tierra del Fuego on the other side, I can see plenty of wild
dolphins every day, hunting and playing. Closeby Antonio is working on
a Landing Craft, he´s been rebuilding from scratch. Soon the boat is
going to be ready and he will try to get contracts for oil
I’m helping out on the boat and in the house (little
nescesary, there he has been buisy with the landing craft).
It´s very beautiful here, every night the sky turns
purple, really amazing. Very cold (-5), all cars are more scating on
the streets than driving and the snow is just so pure. I love this
place, good vibes, positive energy.
I’m hoping to go and hike in the National Park Torres
Del Paine, doing the 5 day cruise to Puerto Williams, visit
Should I stay here longer? People are so ‘amable’
nice. So friendly and helpful.
There´s one of Antonio’s stories that got me curious.
A while ago a lot of Alaskan huskies and other well trained dogs
were brought here to explore Antartica, after conservational reasons
they were band from the continent and brought back to Chile, it
being to expensive to send them back from where they originally
came, so they were offered to people here in Punta Arenas. These
dogs aren’t the type of dogs you keep in a garden, so they escaped.
Wild again, forming packs there living free in the forests. (might
go and have a look if I can find
Also Puma’s are around, so you must understand I’m
about jumping all sides to go and explore. Can’t wait to see a wild
Puma or a Condor.