My two weeks in Thailand are coming to an end. Which feels both sad and like it is about time.

I have had a great time and it was always meant as a “holiday“, to get some rest and catch up with friends before heading south to New Zealand.

It was great to catch up with Olja, Magnus and Lars and share some travel stories and future plans. It was in many ways unbelievable that we were all able to get to Thailand at the same time. We all have very different travel plans in motion and it just seemed to work out just right for once.

There were a lot of sunsets and a lot of relaxing at the beach, not a bad way to spend the time.

Not to mention the great food, especially the mango sticky rice!

But two weeks is enough and I have to confess that I started to get a bit restless towards the end. Reading up on New Zealand had me rearing to head off towards new adventures.

I left Ko Tao to spend the last two days in Bangkok but have not really managed to get in the city spirit. I though that I would appreciate the hustle and bustle of Bangkok after my quite island weeks, but I am just finding it dirty and crowded. I just want to be on my way south, to empty tracks and beautiful views.


The coming months are going to be very exciting, as I try to head out on the southern part of the Te Araroa. I’ve been looking forward to this for a long time and just hope that the reality lives up to my expectations. There are a few days of traveling still to get done, New Zealand is far away from anywhere, but I am really looking forward to getting back there after 20 years. Too long a time to have been away, but then there are so many places in the world that are calling out to be explored!