I have not been posting as much I should, I know. My time has been taken up by the Finnish blog that I write for a newspaper in Finland.
My latest news is that I have had to stop walking. I fell down and broke a rib and cannot carry the bag anymore - or will not as it would not do me any good.
I have started hitch-hiking, instead. The first trip was from Kerikeri up in the north to Auckland. I covered the trip on two rides. The first one was a former tobacco farmer from Rhodesia that works as a baptist pastor in Paihia. Had a nice conversation about Zimbabve and the church.
The second ride was with two hotel managers from Paihia. They took me all the way from Paihia to Auckland. We stopped on the way to have lunch in Whangarei. It was pretty nice to see a reasonably sized city again. The trip continued to the disco beat at speed limit breaking speed and we were in Auckland after four hours from setting off in Paihia.
Nice guys! And nice people everywhere in New Zealand.
I have now spent about two weeks in Auckland, writing, relaxing. My next trip will take me to Naipier which is an art-deco capital of the world. So they say. Sit back for some new postings soon.