I just spent 4 days in Budapest, enjoying some sightseeing, bathing in thermal springs, trying the local cuisine and sorting out my thoughts about the coming year.

Can I recommend Budapest as a travel destination?

Yes, without reservation, it’s an interesting city and there are plenty of great attractions, great food and the prices are a bit more humane than many other parts of Europe.

Budapest feels a lot like Berlin, in a good way.

Just remember that if you do visit Budapest, it’s is imperative that you check out the Bud Spencer statue!

But I’m back in Stockholm, if only for a couple of days. I’m packing my backpack in preparation for 3 months hiking, or tramping as they say in NZ. Hopefully, I will be able to spend most of the time walking along the Te Araroa track on the South Island, something I have been wanting to do for a long time.
Then it’s off to Australia for 2,5 months. It was impossible not to plan a visit to Oz as my flight to New Zealand went through Sydney. Not completely sure what I will be doing in Australia yet. I have 10 to 14 days of hiking planed, helping carry some equipment into the snowy mountains, but after that we will have to see what happens. Hiking Western Australia, or possible a motorcycle trip through the Kimberleys?

But I start if all off with a couple of weeks in Thailand, soaking up some sunshine while I plan my assault on the South Island of NZ.
I can’t wait!