Sorry things have been a bit quieter on the posting front over the last few weeks. I’ve been road-tripping around New Zealand, camping and spending time with Mike’s friends and family, which has left little time and space for internet access or writing!
We got back to Timaru yesterday and I’ll be based here for a week now, hopefully getting lots done, consolidating, and starting the descent back to reality and contemplating my future beyond this trip – ever since we arrived in New Zealand I feel like I have been in a parallel universe on cloud nine!
The last couple of weeks has seen me rafting, kayaking, camping and staying in huts, cycling, hiking (tramping as it is called here) – we walked about 50km over a 3.5 day period, up hill and down dale in 28 degree heat – and ‘bagging some peaks’ (‘is this really Emily?!’ I hear you cry… yes it is!), not to mention being aggravated a LOT by sandflies, reading The Luminaries (and visiting Hokitika where it is based) and meeting so many lovely people all along the way.
In amongst all of those activities, I’ve managed to learn about Atamai, an eco-village in Motueka (if not quite visit in person), meet Karen at Nelson Environment Centre, visit an eco-home and forest garden in Geraldine (just yesterday as soon as we got back), discuss lots about veganism and carbon offsetting as well as to actually BE vegan whilst staying in Nelson for a week. I am now contemplating shifting myself further along the scale from meat-eater to vegan. After reading half of ‘Eating Animals’ by Jonathon Safran Foer you will probably see why. Lots of interesting questions still to contemplate there…