• Travel experiences

    Huka Falls, softly fierce

    When I saw Huka Falls before the trip to New Zealand, I knew we had to go there. I have a thing for waterfalls and this one looked promising. However, it seemed like we wouldn’t have time for it. After the challenges of  Tongariro Alpine Crossing, the 19.4 km long hiking trail, we head back to Taupo. I don’t give up on the hope of seeing Huka Falls – we came from the other side of the world, let’s just do it! Waikato River, the longest river in New Zealand, winds lazily in emerald green and blue until we are overwhelmed by a powerful roar. From serene, the river here…

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    Tongariro Alpine Crossing: a step into Mordor

    Wind, fog, and volcanic ash We arrive in Taupo on a night bus from Rotorua and get 3 hours of sleep before embarking early in the morning on a self-guided hike: Tongariro Alpine Crossing in Tongariro National Park. The Maori guy at the reception is kind enough to let us stay in the lobby and wait half-asleep for the bus.  Taupo is famous for trout and we ask where we can try it. The fish is protected and it’s not offered at restaurants, however, the guy says that he could have arranged something for us via local fishermen. Unfortunately, we have to skip the fish this time. Tongariro Alpine Crossing…

  • Expat life

    Ice (c)age

    What can you do with ice? Drink it in a cocktail, smash it with a hammer, make fruit slushies, add it to a beauty routine, put it on the skin after an injury…walk on it! This is what Norwegians do. We, mortals, slip on it, sometimes fall and things end up differently than we have imagined. In Norway, streets and roads might get frosty as early as November. I haven’t seen this phenomenon anywhere else I used to live. Frost is just a gentle introduction to what comes after a snowfall: ice.  Norwegians love ice so much that they can’t imagine their lives without it and make sure to keep…

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