So since I was a little kid I always wanted to go to New Zealand. I am not really sure what it was that struck up my interest. It could have been any number of the books I read about adventure or nature but I know I always wanted to go and that I needed to go. I travel a lot and its no secret that I have a strong affliction with wanderlust and that this area of the world has been begging at me to wander through it and I finally did it for almost a month.
I was worried that my idea of what this place was and the expectation that I had of this place was going to ruin it for me like I wouldn't be surprised or impressed. That was the furthest thing from the truth this country, its nature, and the people that call it home blew me away from the moment I first landed till the day I left and all I can do now is count the days until I return. New Zealand you dropped the mic and won a fan in me From the bottom of my heart thank you, you changed me in ways I didn't think possible anymore and for that you will have me back to stay maybe not right away but as soon as I can.
Ok lets get into the photos because I know that you have been waiting for them:
Making and hanging out with friends both old and new
This was a common thread across my whole trip and not once in all my travels has this happened with such frequency as it did in NZ. Even nature itself was apt to get to know me and share in its kindness. The photos below are not even half of the people that I met and started a friendship with. The animals that I ran into would often come to me and I wish I had video of the bird that not only followed me on my hike but decided that my shoulder was a great place to hang out.