Livin’ the dream in Nelson

just live

Writing in English? Can I afford that? What the hell! Just go for it. That’s the way – not only when it comes to writing in a different language. That’s what this whole travel thing is about. And probably life in general. Think about it, but not too much. So far, so good – why should you read further? If you expect the definite answer to the omnipresent question “What am I looking for?”, I have to announce that you are going to be disappointed. This time I offer less pseudo-profound thoughts and less catcontent, but pictures of other beautiful things like sunsets and stuff like that. Have fun! 

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“I can see the sea!” with Luke Pallot
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Slacklining in Nelson.

“Life is like riding a bike. To keep your balance you must keep moving.”

Albert Einstein

So, what did I do the last few weeks?

The tiring tonsilitis is beaten down. My self prescriped cure of “staring at the sea” for a couple of days worked out and I decided to go to Nelson again. After all the struggles from the beginning I found some space to relax at lovely Tasman Bay Backpackers, where I worked for accomodation for more than one month. All the weaknesses and infections seem to be faded away. The last weeks flew by like a leaf in a gust of November wind.

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Landmark of Tasman Bay Hostel, Nelson: The colourful kiwi.
hostel family
Door to the workers flat.
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Beer tasting at Founders brewery.
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Sunset at Tahunanui Beach, Nelson.

Livin’ the Dream – Nelson Vibes

Not only one glimmer of homesickness flashed through my mind so far. How could I feel homesick as I have everything I need? (see pics) I’m not only surrounded by beautiful landscapes, I also met beautifully crazy, like-minded enlightenment-seekers and action-addicts, who are dedicated to the same dreams of freedom like me. The best thing about my time in Nelson is, that I feel like I stride out in the right direction – to this suspicious “myself”. How? I just do, whatever feels right. 

whale bone
No, this is not a surfboard – it’s a whale bone.

“They say dreaming is dead, no one does it anymore. It’s not dead it’s just that it’s been forgotten, removed from our language. Nobody teaches it so nobody knows it exists. The dreamer is banished to obscurity. Well, I’m trying to change all that, and I hope you are too. By dreaming, every day. Dreaming with our hands and dreaming with our minds. Our planet is facing the greatest problems it’s ever faced, ever. So whatever you do, don’t be bored, this is absolutely the most exciting time we could have possibly hoped to be alive. And things are just starting.”

From the movie “Waking Life” by Richard Linklater

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Magic forest around Little Twin Mountain.
forest woods
Sometimes I can’t see the wood for all the trees.
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Sunset at Bridge Street, Nelson.

The Right Path

More than ever, I feel like I’m on the right path. It doesnt matter where it leads to as long as it feels good. And even if I’m still overwhelmed by all the opportunities I have in this country (and in this damn’ giant world), I’m starting to realise what I already assumed for a long time: Home is everywhere you want it to be. “Home is where your heart is” – my home is where I am as long as my heart is beating in my chest. And I feel it beating like crazy these days.

just live
Just live.

What’s next?

  • challenge myself with the first multi-day-hike on my own in the bush

  • rise above me and finally learn rope-climbing properly (Thanks Jimmy Chin 😀 )

  • blog my heart out and improve my english 

  • relax, eat and sleep

wooden path
Wooden path.

“The idea is to remain in a state of constant departure while always arriving.”

“Waking Life” by Richard Linklater


  1. Thanks for following our blog. Obviously I can’t read all of yours but if this is you learning and practicing English you are doing very well – this is very well written and very easy to comprehend. I look forward to following more of your adventures while in NZ. Enjoy your first multi night hike – they are great fun.

    1. Wow, thanks for your comment and for following my blog! I’m highly motivated to keep on writing now and I appreciate honest feedback. Looking forward to read more of your blog entries as you offer many many inspirations. I’m looking forward for more adventures on the South Island and the Westcoast in particular. New Zealand has sooo much to offer, thanks heaps for sharing your favourite spots!

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