New Zealand

No emergencies. And no exits. - Melbourne, Australia
31st July 2014 – Melbourne, Australia In airports and terminals, I found a new game. Of hide-and-seek, with an edge of chaos and mayhem Time is playing a good referee, and keeps reminding me. The exits are always there. But I have no plans of taking them. They say time flies. Mine must have taken a concorde, because the realisation is a kickback when you are already typing out the 30th day post. The last one month was spent in 5 different countries, and that is a fairly good start. Click here to check out pictures from Vanuautu, one of my favourite countries the […]

Project 365: Day 30 – Going full circle

Play time. - Christchurch, New Zealand
30th July 2014 – Christchurch, New Zealand Beyond the construction sites, and the debris lying around, Beyond the grey walls, which withstood a calamity, Beyond the trams, and the still pace at which they moved, You realise that you still have a spring in the step, in this beautiful city. The 2011 earthquake has left most of the important monuments in Christchurch, still under reconstruction. Last night, I had met a bunch of local folks over a house dinner, and one of whom was an Engineer on the reconstruction projects. She informed me that it would be years before the city […]

Project 365: Day 29 – Check mate, nature!

29th July 2014 – Christchurch, New Zealand Light has found a long-lost friend, And the shadows now face their foe. In the ruins and rubble of Christchurch, I found the golden hour, ending my woe.  To make this project easier, sometimes I resort to taking pictures at the beautiful hours. One of which is the sunrise, which explains why I have been waking up so early at times. The other is the golden hour, the twilight zone, which transforms even ordinary places into an amazing palette of colours. But apart from Vanuatu, I haven’t had much luck in my other […]

Project 365: Day 28 – The search for the golden hour

The simple pleasures of travel. - Picton, New Zealand.
28th July 2014 – Picton, New Zealand The lack of protein has begun to show And the nicotine doesn’t want to go slow With all this hectic travel, sometimes I wonder. If it is blood, or caffeine, that rides the flow.  Those who don’t travel, often keep telling me how jealous they are about what I do. But the wise ones, the ones that travel, keep warning me. “Watch out. You will tire yourself once in a while. Be ready to rejuvenate, and to reinvent yourself every once in a while.” Today was one of those days. The harsh cold winter of New Zealand, […]

Project 365: Day 27 – In coffee, we trust

I said hi. - Wellington, New Zealand.
27th July 2014 – Wellington, New Zealand The kiwi was a recluse on a vacation And the sea gulls already had their moment. The penguins never bothered to say hi, So I had to reluctantly seal my intent. Yeoni, my CS host, felt like taking a good, long drive today. And since it was a Sunday, we did take a good, long drive. We drove all the way from Wellington, to Cape Palliser, which has a beautiful light house overlooking a cliff and some beautiful black, sand beaches.What we didn’t prepare for, was the wildlife. On the way, there was a […]

Project 365: Day 26 – No penguins. No Kiwis. Cant complain.

Floating company. - Wellington, New Zealand 2
26th July 2014 – Wellington, New Zealand The early bird caught the sunrise. The golden arches, into which the pines etch.  In a country eponymous with a bird, It’s not the kiwi. It’s the seagull that rules this stretch.    Took a midnight bus from Taupo to Wellington, reaching at a freezing 7 AM in the morning. It has been an descending trip for me so far in New Zealand. Auckland was cold. Taupo was colder. And Wellington almost has my balls in the freezer. And hell, its only July. Was picked up by Yeoni in Wellington, which makes my first complete […]

Project 365: Day 25 – I see gulls. Many of them!

HDR wins the day. - Taupo, New Zealand
25th July 2014 – Taupo, New Zealand Beyond pine trees, and timber forests, the water flowed home, with no levy nor toll. I paused to stare, to admire, to adore. The strength and the surrealism, of the waterfall. The paracetamol helped. Woke up at noon, though. Checked out of the hostel, kept my stuff in the storage room, and started walking to Huka falls, only 6 KMs away. Oh, this was going to be a long day, with a total of 12 KMs walked!! Check out the amazing sunrise in Wellington, New Zealand. Click here! It’s a nice walk though, […]

Project 365: Day 24 – Reality is too bland

It's time for boarding. Taupo, New Zealand
24th July 2014 – Taupo, New Zealand Maybe it was the lake, stretched out in miles Or maybe it was the decline in temperature. But I saw a plane, ogled at it for ages, Then fell sick, and drew myself a silly caricature.  They say New Zealand is ridiculously expensive. True, but the most precious thing here seems to be sleep, which I am yet to find cheap. The trend continued today too. After a late night of drinking, woke up early in the morning to catch a bus to Taupo. When travelling in New Zealand, I suggest a bus […]

Project 365: Day 23 – Is it a plane?

Docking in. Docking out. - Auckland, New Zealand
23rd July 2014 – Auckland, New Zealand The hangovers came again. Like unwanted visitors. As you sow, so shall you reap. They seemed to say. The promised gardens awaited me at Eden. But the apple stayed close to the waters today.  Was happy to see someone last night. His name was Jim Beam, so we made it a fun night at home. The drinking lasted till 3 AM. The next day, the grogginess and hangover lasted till noon. Check out the skyscrapers of Auckland. Click here! At noon, met a school-friend, who I last met 15 years ago, at Auckland hospital. He is […]

Project 365: Day 22 – Of craters and coastlines

Needle in the sky. Auckland, New Zealand.
22nd July 2014 – Auckland, New Zealand The cold winds pierced my skin, And the city lights pierced my senses high. And while the winds blew and the city slept The forlorn needle pierced the forgotten sky. Took the flight from Nadi to Auckland at noon, and the immigration went smoother than imagined. Except for the biosecurity bit, which scared me for a can of tuna that was in my bag. But once they checked the can, and everything was clear, the tuna never caused a problem anymore. Met a good friend, Bishu, who is married to another one of my good […]

Project 365: Day 21 – From country roads to city lights

singapore eunos metro station 13
This was the first post of an entire year-long series, which I named ‘Project 365′. The idea was simple enough: travel for a full year and document every day of it, in the form of a daily picture and poem. I am still working on a book of this year-long travel, but till then, enjoy all the posts here. You can check out the daily posts in the details below or jump to the final day of the project by clicking here. 1st July 2014 – Singapore From dust we rose and to dust we shall go And dust is […]

Project 365: Day 0 – The beginning