Winter (in New Zealand) is coming ...

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I left Tokyo on June 29th 2015, about a month ago. Already. Inside the plane, I was feeling completely lost: how my journey could be better than this incredible week in the Land of the Rising Sun?

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Kitsune (fox) in Kyoto

I’m not afraid to admit that I fell deeply in love with Japan. I don’t know if it’s because of Noriko, or Tokyo’s turmoil, or Agata and Natsuki’s kindness, or the beauty of Kyoto’s temple, or even this unique Onsen experience, the exquisite food, or the superb landscapes. I can’t really pick one thing that I loved more than another. Or was it just the excitement, the adrenaline of my first solo journey?

It doesn’t really matter: I fell in love with Japan.

I fell in love with all the aspects of Japan.

The eccentric Japan, traditional Japan, modern Japan, welcoming Japan, insular Japan, old Japan, volcanic Japan and so on.


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I set foot in New Zealand on June 30th 2015.

Four weeks ago.

Sunrise in Hahei Beach

And time was flying so fast. Did I actually leave Strasbourg more than a month ago? Am I officially a hobo since then? Have I just spent a whole month without smoking any cigarettes?!? I had barely time to realise what was going on, I barely had a pinch in my heart while thinking I was so far from home. Don’t get me wrong, of course I’m missing my friends (and even my duvet and my flower skirts!), and I wish I could share what I’m seeing here, what I’m feeling with them. However, I feel like everything’s in order.

I regret nothing. I’m not scared anymore.

You could think that I’m feeling lonely, but I’m not. Travelling alone is actually the best way to meet people. And people come talk to me quite naturally, asking me where I’m heading, where I’m coming from, if I need any help. Sometimes we just talk about our respective lives during a bus drive, a hike, a sunset or with jam toasts. It doesn’t take more than 10 minutes to become friends on Facebook, and an evening is fairly enough to become lifetime friends. I’m still writing to friends I met while in Japan or when I first arrived in Auckland. We’re keeping each other posted about our journeys, hoping (and why not?) that we will meet again someday, somewhere in the world.

It’s like I’m reaching out something more authentic here, something that I just can’t define yet.

New Chums Beach

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And I’m running so fast that I’m losing my breath. I’m running downhill, I’m running in the green meadows, I’m running on the white sand beaches. I’m running by the water, even though my clothes are getting wet, even though my ass is getting wet. The landscapes are hitting me right in the face and I’m loving it. I’m not afraid anymore not having a clue where I’d be tomorrow. Because I can go wherever I want to.

And I’m really planning to make the most of it.

Kisses from the Pacific!
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11 thoughts on “Winter (in New Zealand) is coming ...

  • 6 August 2015 at 0 h 51 min
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    Well I couldn’t resist. As I said I am a fun of your blog so I wanna definitely keep being updated about your impressions, your thoughts, your adventures, and more 😉

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  • 6 August 2015 at 3 h 53 min
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    Tu nous manques, mais lire tes aventures c’est extra ! Tu réalises un rêve et c’est l’essentiel. Vis le à fond. Bisous ma belle

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    • 6 August 2015 at 3 h 54 min
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      C’est super de lire tes histoires, tu nous manques aussi mais suivre tes aventures atténue tout ça. Bisous ma belle

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  • 6 August 2015 at 10 h 48 min
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    Je suis juste profondément heureuse pour toi, tu me mets le smile quand je te lis ou quand je te vois sur tes photos cest bizarre à dire, mais je suis vraiment fière de toi, tu tes ouverte au monde, à toi… et tu es rayonnante !! Pas toujours évident de comprendre que l’on doit s’aimer soi et sourire à la vie pour quelle nous le rende , tu en es l’exemple alors continue à t’epanouir et à nous faire croire! et merci de nous faire partager ton expérience, je t’adore ❤

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    • 8 August 2015 at 18 h 41 min
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      Merci Jess! Tes paroles me touchent beaucoup tu sais! J’te kiffe ma belle, tu sais <3

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  • 7 August 2015 at 4 h 17 min
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    Super!!!! j’espère qu’on va voir la faune et la flore du coin et peut-être même des “hobbits” avec leurs maisons toutes mimi……

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    • 8 August 2015 at 18 h 40 min
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      Pas encore été à Hobbiton, le prix me rebute un peu!

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  • 8 August 2015 at 19 h 33 min
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    Trop heureuse pour toi 🙂 mais franchement, heureusement qu’il y a internet, facebook et le blog pour communiquer, comme ça j’ai (un peu) l’impression de voyager avec toi 🙂 🙂

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  • 16 August 2015 at 6 h 34 min
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    c’est super de te lire et de te voir épanouie ma chérie! profite de ton voyage à fond et je te souhaite encore plein de bons plats, de belles rencontres, de beaux paysages et d’aventures improbables! gros bisous de nous 3 <3

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  • 31 August 2015 at 1 h 23 min
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    Je comprends ton sentiment pour le Japon car j’ai eu le même ! Après, je pense que tu vas aussi bien profiter de la NZ, qui est je pense vraiment un pays différent.
    J’ai pas mal voyagé seule aussi (et je continue toujours à faire des excursions d’une journée toute seule) et je te rejoins complètement : on fait toujours des rencontres fantastiques !

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    • 31 August 2015 at 13 h 14 min
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      Effectivement, les deux pays ne sont pas du tout pareils! Le choc culturel est moins rude en NZ, mais je prends une claque monumentale pour les paysages!
      En tous cas, ton blog est génial, je vais lire ça de plus près 🙂

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