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    Archive for March, 2008

    Day 722 – Twizel -> Oamaru (wild camp)

    Monday, March 31st, 2008

    Twizel -> Oamaru (wild camp)
    Distance (km) : 155
    Time on bike : 7h 18m
    Brutto time: 11.00 – 20.00
    Avg : 21.8 km/h
    Max.speed: 49.2
    Total (km) : 28.344

    Lunch at the post boxes in Omarama. NZ

    After lunch break!

    Sweaty clothes!

    West of Oamaru, NZ's South Island.

    Oamaru Bird Highway.

    Penguins!!!

    Oamaru by night...

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    Day 721 – Magnificent Mt. Cook (3.754 m)

    Sunday, March 30th, 2008

    Trekking at wonderful Mt. Cook…

    Glacier on Mt. Sefton (Mt. Cook N.P)

    The glacier fed Mueller Lake, Mt. Cook N.P

    The glacier fed Mueller Lake, Mt. Cook N.P

    On my way to Sealy Tarns Lookout, Mt. Cook N.P

    Hooker Valley, Mt. Cook N.P.

    Beauty in Mt. Cook N.P

    Mt. Cook N.P in all its glory...

    Staring at Mt. Cook...

    A Happy Man at Mt. Cook.

    Staring at Mt. Cook...

    Nature at Mt. Cook.

    My cosy camp at Mt. Cook N.P.

    The River Is Wild!

    Suspension Bridge at the Hooker Valley, Mt. Cook N.P

    Suspension Bridge at the Hooker Valley, Mt. Cook N.P

    Mt. Cook

    Hitchhiking back to Twizel from Mt. Cook.

    Hanging out in Twizel with Teun & Imke (Holland)...

    Now that was a lot of photos…Thanks for your attention!

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    Day 720 – Twizel -> Mt. Cook

    Saturday, March 29th, 2008

    Mt. Cook Village, NZ.

    Mt. Cook (3.754 m), Central South Island, NZ

    Glacier in Mt. Cook N.P.

    Hooker Valley, Mt. Cook N.P.

    Evening clouds in Mt. Cook Village.

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    Day 719 – Kimbell -> Twizel (wild camp)

    Friday, March 28th, 2008

    Kimbell -> Twizel (wild camp)
    Distance (km) : 93
    Time on bike : 5h 40m
    Brutto time: 09.20 – 18.00
    Avg : 16.4 km/h
    Max.speed: 59.6
    Total (km) : 28.182

    The foothills near Burkes Pass, NZ.

    Reflections near Burkes Pass, NZ.

    Lake Tekapo, NZ's South Island.

    Flower near Lake Tekapo.

    Mountains along Lake Pukaki, NZ.

    The Canal Road betw. Lakes Tekapo and Pukaki, NZ.

    Lake Pukaki, NZ.

    Lake Pukaki, NZ.

    The Koga in action! Forest Camp in Twizel, NZ.

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    Day 718 – Rakaia Gorge -> Kimbell

    Thursday, March 27th, 2008

    Rakaia Gorge -> Kimbell (wild camp, yarn)
    Distance (km) : 140
    Time on bike : 7h 31m
    Brutto time: 08.55 – 19.30
    Avg : 18.6 km/h
    Max.speed: 61.8
    Total (km) : 28.090

    River bed. Central Canterbury, NZ.

    Near Mt. Hutt, Central Canterbury, NZ.

    Mt. Hutt, Central Canterbury, NZ.

    A glimpse of the country side...

    My camp for the night, near Fairlie, NZ...

    I’m high on music, tailwind, an empty and gently descending road, and on being here….on being, really.

    Tune of the Day: Sway – Bic Runga (kiwi singer)

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    Day 717 – A Whole Lotta Sheep

    Wednesday, March 26th, 2008

    Christchurch -> Rakaia Gorge (wild camp)
    Distance (km) : 83
    Time on bike : 3h 46m
    Brutto time: 15.10 – 19.20
    Avg : 21.9 km/h
    Max.speed: 55.7
    Total (km) : 27.950

    On the road again!

    Modern agriculture near Christchurch, NZ.

    Sunset on the Kiwi plains west of Christchurch.

    A Happy Bike!


    My routeplan:

    From Chch W/SW to Lake Tekapo, Lake Pukaki and Mt. Cook. Then back to the east coast and Dunedin, along the SE coast and the Catlins, to Invercargill, Milford Sound, Queenstown, Wanaka, and all the way up the W coast to Nelson etc. Then the North Island.

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    Day 716 – Getting ready!

    Tuesday, March 25th, 2008

    Practical day in Christchurch. Nothing too exciting. Busy-busy. Leaving tomorrow.

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    Day 715 – Christchurch arrival

    Monday, March 24th, 2008

    Tune of the Day: Hard to Handle – Black Crows

    Sunrise in Hagley Park, Christchurch, NZ.

    Sunrise in Hagley Park, Christchurch, NZ.

    Christchurch downtown...

    Christchurch down town...

    Sunrise in Hagley Park, Christchurch, NZ.

    Christchurch downtown...

    Christchurch market...

    Christchurch market...

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    A Final Note from Australia…

    Sunday, March 23rd, 2008

    Time has come to say goodbye.

    Goodbye to 6 fantastic months in an even more fantastic country. Standing here in Sydney’s Int’l Airport is really weird for me. The bags are all packed, the bike’s ready to board the plane, the last goodbyes to my Aussie friends behind me.

    All sorts of different emotions go through me right now. One moment I’m super excited about going to New Zealand, with every single cell in my body determined to hit the road again. The next, I’m slowly realizing that..well, no more Australian pleasures & adventures for now, a country that’s become so wonderfully familiar to me over the last 183 days.

    Goose skin, from top and down. Can’t help it. The feeling of a New Beginning has never been stronger. 3 months (I reckon) of Kiwi delights (fingers crossed) ahead of me.

    Must go. Time for a snack and a bit of…looking back, I guess…contemplating, looking forward..before boarding the Virgin Blue plane in 3 hours.

    See you all in New Zealand!

    Bye for now – Nicolai

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    Day 714 – OZ -> NZ

    Sunday, March 23rd, 2008

    (Pictures to come)

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    Day 713 – The Last Aussie Party

    Saturday, March 22nd, 2008

    Getting ready for the Israeli dress-party

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    Day 712 – Time To Eat

    Friday, March 21st, 2008

    No photos, no text today.

    A long walk (the last) at Bondi Beach eats my morning.

    The internet café on Bondi’s main drag eats my afternoon.

    A couple of easy-see-easy-forget movies with Kate eat my evening.

    You have to take care of your time. It’s so fragile and easily eaten.

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    Day 711 – The Inner Compass (NZ-bound)

    Thursday, March 20th, 2008

    Departing Flight – Sydney to Christchurch – Sun 23 Mar
    19:40 Sydney 23-Mar-08
    00:45 am Christchurch 24-Mar-08
    Pacific Blue DJ 74

    Get the picture?

    If you dont change your direction, you may end up where you were headed. NN Quote.

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    Map of the WT route so far (March 2008)

    Wednesday, March 19th, 2008

    Please click the link below…

    WT Route Map April 2006 – March 2008.

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    Day 710 – From the Darkest of Africa

    Wednesday, March 19th, 2008

    …on the road again, I can’t wait to get on the road again…

    Google Stats show me that my WT-site has been visited by 92 countries over the last month, and the Swedes and Canadian generally spend more time on the site than other nations.

    To have readers from Gabon [in the darkest of Africa, red.] and Azerbaijan is a great honour for me.

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    Day 709 – A Koga Fix-up

    Tuesday, March 18th, 2008


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    WT-article in MetroXpress (Danish paper)

    Monday, March 17th, 2008

    MetroXpress 13MAR2008

    Click in the lower right hand corner for a en enlargement – in the unlikely event that you do understand Danish!

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    A New WT Movie is out!

    Monday, March 17th, 2008

    I can’t stop myself. There’s so much electricity here in Sydney and I just have to take advantage of that.

    It’s such a luxury for me and my laptop.

    So I’ve made a new movie clip (4’40”) with photos, a bit of footage and another great song from American Band of Horses…

    Nicolai

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    Day 708 – Back to Bondi

    Monday, March 17th, 2008

    Photos to come…

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    Day 707 – The Boeing Day

    Sunday, March 16th, 2008

    Tune of the Day: The Bucket – Kings of Leon

    Queenscliff Beach, north of Manly.

    Queenscliff Beach, north of Manly.

    Asian fishermen near Curl Curl, Sydney.

    A Walk.

    North Curl Curl.

    Rock face at North Curl Curl.

    A Leg & A View. North Curl Curl.

    Marine life. North Curl Curl.

    Curl Curl Beach.

    Rocks, North Curl Curl.

    Young skateboarders in Dee Why, Sydney.

    Young skateboarders in Dee Why, Sydney.

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    Day 706 – Manly to The Spit – a World Class Walk

    Saturday, March 15th, 2008

    If I ever had my doubts about the much hyped beauty of Sydney, well, the rest of that doubt totally vanished today during the infamous Manly to The Spit Scenic Walkway with Ben. A great 10 km walk!

    Sydney IS the most beautifully situated city in the world. No doubt about it!

    Thought of the Day: The key to an easy relationship with other people is not to impose your ego, nor to crush the ego of others. Svami Prajnanpad.

    Kookaburra in the back yard in Manly Vale.

    Kids playing in Manly Vale.

    Manly Vale Main Drag.

    From the beautiful Manly to The Spit Walk.

    From the beautiful Manly to The Spit Walk.

    Lizard. From the beautiful Manly to The Spit Walk.

    Lizard. From the beautiful Manly to The Spit Walk.

    Coastal heath. From the beautiful Manly to The Spit Walk.

    The Beauty of Sydney

    Castle Rock Beach.

    Me and Ben having a great view at the Castle Rock Beach.

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    Day 705 – My Inner Tetris

    Friday, March 14th, 2008

    Tune of the Day: In Grace – Thomas Dybdahl

    Shelly Beach, near Manly.

    Shelly Beach, near Manly.

    Shelly Beach Pebbles.

    Shelly Beach, near Manly.

    North Head cliff, Manly.

    Collins Beach, North Head, Manly.

    Collins Beach, North Head, Manly.

    Manly Beach.

    Shelly Beach, Fairfax Walking Track, Manly’s beautiful North Head, Collins Beach, Little Manly Cove and Manly Cove are all on the agenda today.

    We all need a bit of sunshine on our heads & souls.

    Thought of the Day: Man cannot be broken down into emotions, intellect, or action. Man is a whole. When these three elements of intellect, feelings, and actions are in harmony, they make up man.
    Svami Prajnanpad.

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    Day 704 – 3 meetings, 3 continents

    Thursday, March 13th, 2008

    Daytrip: 33 km (Bondi -> Manly Vale)

    Crossing Sydney Harbour Bridge...

    Ben and I in Manly vale, enjoying VBs.

    I met Ben for the first time in a hostel in Istanbul (June 2006) during the World Cup Soccer.

    In Chiang Mai, Thailand (March 2007) we met up again and had some crazy cum fantastic days and nights out.

    Now he lives in the Sydney suburb Manly Vale with a few room mates. Accepting his invitation was not difficult. It’s our third meeting on three continents. I love the logistics here and the reunion is great!

    Bon, the dog.

    Thought of the Day: The state of mind is a vicious circle. It creates problems for itself, and then tries to resolve them. Svami Prajnanpad.

    My room at Ben's place in Manly Vale.

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    Day 703 – Rendez-vous

    Wednesday, March 12th, 2008

    Tonight I meet up with Dave & Anna in their flat in Coogee South (5 km south of Bondi)They are still the lovely aussie couple that I vividly remember from our previous encounters, in Bishkek and in Karakol in Kyrgyzstan, and later in Kashgar in Western China. It’s just fantastic to see them smiling again!

    Dave & Anna in Coogee Beach.

    …and did I mention the super delicious Moroccan slash Indian chicken dish that Anna skillfully prepared for us?

    Fantastique!

    Thought of the Day: Though they may take various roads, all are on the way. Swami Vivekananda.

    Photos will pop up later…

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    WT on YouTube!

    Wednesday, March 12th, 2008

    I’ve made a 5 min movie clip with photos and footage (and sound) from the roads of adventure…

    I hope you enjoy…The action starts after 7 seconds. Be patient. Watch, listen, and relax…

    Nicolai

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    A few more photos in the diary…

    Tuesday, March 11th, 2008

    See here under Day 696, 697, and 698(Below the YouTube video)…

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    Day 702 – The Movie

    Tuesday, March 11th, 2008

    I spend most of the evening making the first little WT movie with photos, movie clips and sound. The editing world is all new and quite attractive to me…

    No photos today. Do come back tomorrow.

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    Day 701BA – Frustration in Sydney…

    Monday, March 10th, 2008

    I realized a mismatch a few weeks ago between my diary and the day counter on the WT front page.
    I’m too lazy too change more than 50 diary entries. With the invention of Day 701B this little thing’s easily solved…As if anyone – apart from the little “number freak” in me – cares.

    The boys in the living room - the girls in the kitchen.

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    Day 701A – Sydney’s Northern Beaches

    Sunday, March 9th, 2008

    Kate and I on our way to Sydney's northern beaches...

    Skuba, the cute choc lab.

    Palm Beach, Sydney North.

    A different kind of bike...

    Kate and I at Church's Point, Sydney.

    Another Northern beach. Sydney.

    Nicolai at Church's Point, Sydney.

    Prohibitions & Warnings - Mosman Beach.

    Wire at Mosman Beach.

    Dinner at Cavita's, Double Bay, Sydney.

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    Day 700 – Sydney’s Wonderful Eastern Beaches

    Saturday, March 8th, 2008

    Tune of the Day: Underwear – Pulp (If fashion is your trade then when you’re naked I guess you must be unemployed yeah. )

    Waverley Cemetery, Sydney East.

    Waverley Cemetery, Sydney East.

    Waverley Cemetery, Sydney East.

    Maroubra Beach, Sydney East.

    Wedding preparations. Sydney East.

    Wedding preparations. Sydney East.

    Suburbian Sydney cemetery.

    Gordon Bay, Sydney.

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    Day 699 – My Lost (and only) Visa Card

    Friday, March 7th, 2008

    Scottie and Kate handcooking - the new way of cooking in Bondi!

    Brett, Kate, Cavita, and Scottie in Bondi.

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    Day 698 – Kayaking in the Port Jackson Bay

    Thursday, March 6th, 2008

    (UK only, photos to come)

    Album of the Day: The Boatman’s Call – Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

    Apparently the joyful days won’t ever end for me here in Australia.

    Today Kate (whom I’m staying with in Bondi) has arranged a kayak day out for the two of us. I’ve made an agreement with the sun: just keep shining. One of her clients (she’s a pro personal trainer) has a massive house at the cute Kutti Beach (Vaucluse), including a private beach assess – and a shed with kayaks, free of charge! How good is that?

    Getting ready for a great day out with kayaks in the bays of Sydney.

    It’s another warm and sunny day in Sydney, the 3rd in a row.

    The Wolf. 72 kg of beast.

    Kayaking in and around the beautiful bays and coves of Sydney’s Port Jackson Bay – I can hardly imagine a better way to spend a Thursday afternoon in March. From Kutti Beach we head for the Parsley and Vaucluse Bays and then across the Port Jackson Bay to a little lovely beach. Well, so it seems – but it ain’t an ordinary beach. Kate’s 6th sense senses something strange as soon as we approaches the beach. There’s too many people crammed on the beach, and they all seem to be standing, staring.
    As we get closer Kate’s instincts are confirmed. Nudists! Everywhere! Staring! The vast majority’s older men simply just too happy to show off their thingies. It freaks her out a bit so we find a less crowded, less visible spot on the sunny rocks and chill for a while. Even as an anthropologist I’m struggling to understand the underlying logic of nudism. If there’s any at all. It’s such a beautiful beach nonetheless.

    Fish 'n chips 'n Coronas in Watsons Bay, Sydney.

    Kate’s offered me a massage back home. She’s a pro and really keen at that, and surely I can’t say no. I keep getting spoiled. I even got to choose the music. João Gilberto – one of my Brazilian heroes – is an easy pick for such a relaxing occasion. It’s been more than 9 months since my last massage in Thailand. Still feels great. Such skillful and knowledgeable power hands!

    The Massage.

    In the evening I go for a walk with Skuba, the 7½ months old chocolate labrador. It feels very quotidian, almost like being at home here in Sydney, taking the dog for a walk around the lively streets of Bondi. I really do like it here. New Zealand’s gotta wait!

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    Day 697 – Tamarama & Bronte

    Wednesday, March 5th, 2008

    Working out in Sydney!

    Rock formations, Bondi.

    Bondi Beach.

    Rock formations, Bondi.

    Tamarama Beach, Sydney East.

    Not even 2 years old - and rolling in Bondi!

    Tune of the Day: I Still Have That Other Girl – Elvis Costello & Burt Bacharach

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    Day 696 – South Head Super Sightseeing

    Tuesday, March 4th, 2008

    Sydney's Eastern Coast...

    Diamond Bay, Sydney East.

    Dunbar Lookout, Sydney East.

    Beautiful Camp Cove, South Head Peninsula, Sydney.

    Lady Bay Beach, the naked one.

    Watson Bay, Sydney.

    Parsley Bay, Sydney

    Tree, Sydney sururbia.

    Nielsen Beach, Sydney.

    Rock face, Nielsen Beach.

    Kate and Skuba in Bondi.

    Dinner at Cavita in Double Bay, Sydney.

    Tune of the Day: Vermillion – Mercury Rev

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    Day 695 – Back to Bondi!

    Monday, March 3rd, 2008

    At the train station in Sydney...

    Bondi Beach and rock pools.

    Bondi Life Saving Club.

    My host/friend Kate and the chocolate labrador Skuba in Bondi...

    Tune of the Day: Calistan – Frank Black (My best friend is the king of karaoke…)

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    WT-article in Danish Yoyo Mag

    Sunday, March 2nd, 2008

    I feel stupid posting all these links to articles in Danish only. Next time I’ll do it all in English. Promise.

    Yoyo Mag (November 2006) (From page 20 ff)

    Nicolai

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    Photo album #3 from Southern Australia…

    Sunday, March 2nd, 2008

    Have a look at the new photo album #3 from Australia - a land of beauty!

    …orview as a slideshow

    Nicolai (Sydney)

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    Day 694 – Is There A Boat to New Zealand?

    Sunday, March 2nd, 2008

    No photos today. Try again some other day…

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    WT article in Danish paper (Danish only)

    Sunday, March 2nd, 2008

    Try your Danish tongue here!

    (it’s about the way I manage to keep travelling for years without any proper income. The trick is to liberate yourself from costly livng and eating habits, to worship the ascetic approach to life – in short to be able (and happy!) to live a bit like a ultra low-budget rat.

    ‘Til next time – enjoy the Sunday.

    Nicolai

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    Day 693 – Sydney Olympic Park & Mardi Gras

    Saturday, March 1st, 2008

    Suburbian bike path underneath the M4. Sydney.

    The Brickpit at the Sydney Olympic Park.

    Badu Mangrove, Sydney Olympic Park.

    Fountain

    Spider at the Badu Mangrove, Sydney Olympic Park.

    Sydney CBD

    Sydney Harbour Bridge

    Mardi Gras 2008, Sydney.

    Mardi Gras 2008, Sydney.

    Mardi Gras 2008, Sydney.

    Mardi Gras 2008, Sydney.

    Mardi Gras 2008, Sydney.

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