Castillo de Chapultepec

I woke up early in order to meet Jimena. I met here during a dinner at my friend Ignacio’s place in Santiago, back in december. She’s a Portuguese teacher, also learns German, and a traveller like me. We met up at the Auditorio Nacional, and first went for breakfast in the beautiful neighborhood of Polanco. She […] Read More

Heaven and Hell

I slept like a baby after the evening in the Polynesian Spa, ready to start the day in Rotorua… But somehow, I was undecided what to see, the thermal pods in the park, the Lake, the Māori site with the Geysir… I walked a bit along the lake and through those sulfur and steam vents… but […] Read More

Rangitoto hike

Finally got my act together and set the alarm clock to 9 am. So I would make the Rangitoto Ferry at 10.30. The weather looked ok, warm, with lots of clouds, maybe not the worst to hike up a volcano. The Ferry took half an hour and let us ashore at Ragitoto‘s Ferry Terminal. I […] Read More

Sky Tower (Day)

I made it up to the Sky Tower today. At 328 meters, measured to the top of the antenna, it is the highest man-made structure in the Southern hemisphere. Funny how each and every city I have visited has somehow the highest something of the southern hemisphere, be it Santiago, Melbourne or Auckland… I guess […] Read More


My host Harvey gave me a number of insider tips for my stroll around Devonport. I took the ferry in the morning, crossing the harbor in less than 15 minutes, and arrived on the opposite site, in Devonport, a small suburb of Auckland, located on the North shore of the harbor, at the southern end of a peninsula. […] Read More