Wonderful Wanaka

Do you know what I like best about surprises? They come without waiting! Definitely comparable to Wanaka, a small mountain village located in between some scenic mountains and lakes. So far my favorite place in New Zealand where I easily could spend both summer and winter. And it wasn’t really on my list, I just drove by and liked it instantly.

I chose to pick up the subject surprises, because on the other hand you have plans and expectations. Before I went to Wanaka I went to Queenstown. A place everyone is hyping, talking about and say is the best place. And perhaps it is for 21 year old German back-packers who has never traveled before. For me, it was just the most busy, overrated and non-pleasant place so far in NZ. And the sad thing is I really was looking forward to it, but it turned out I didn’t like it at all.

So then I was really glad that Wanaka shows up out of nowhere. The place is not big at all, 6000 people living here and it’s a mecca for outdoor activities. I did some hiking, biking and beaching – in addition to a lot of relaxing and my new hobby: reading.

During my travels in in NZ I’ve met some other people also sharing my thoughts on both Queenstown and Wanaka, so I guess there is something about it and not just me being a weirdo (which I might be anyway though). Next time I visit NZ, I will definitely spend more time here.

The highlight (both literally and mentally) in Wanaka was hiking Roys Peak. A 16 kilometer hike to a summit on 1578 meters with beautiful surroundings. I did it with a girl from Hawaii and on the way down we took a 10 minute rest to gain some energy and also admire the view. After a minute, a sheep showed up 10 meters in front of us and apparently admired us for a couple of minutes posing like a supermodel in front of my camera. Somehow my deep senses come to think of a “parallel universe”. Ok, I do understand that you might think I’m really drunk now or maybe have been traveling with too many hippies, but the thing is I haven’t had a single drink so far in 2017 and the hippies haven’t influenced me at all. Anyway, to the point, what I mean with a parallel universe is that for example when you look at a girl/guy and think: “Damn, she was nice! And it would have been ever nicer to get her phone number”. There is actually a big chance she/he looks back and thinks the same thing, but no one dares to act. Especially in today’s society when talking to people you don’t know would be considered as braindead. Let’s say you are camping and lie awake watching the stars and gaze out into the universe thinking: “Maybe there is something out there…”. There is also a big chance someone or something does the exact same thing – far out there in the universe. Now, to travel out in to space is a pretty big deal. But to ask someone that you like for her/his phone number is not a big deal. I mean, what’s the worst thing that can happen? That he/she says no – but probably it will be a yes. So, would you ask? Would you capture it or let it slip?