Today, it has been exactly one year ago since we stepped on a plane in Oslo and headed for New Zealand. The excitement, the nerves, the anxiousness… When I think back about it today, I think about two rookies about to embark on the hike of a lifetime. And I wish that today was that day again.
In the honour I have made a slideshow of some images I took on the trail. It was amazing going through all the images again (we have not come home that long ago and I only just got to sorting them out and editing them), while at the same time it would make me incredibly sad sometimes. What has happened to that last year? Where did it go to?
That day we left almost feels like a lifetime ago, and everything in between like a surreal, fast dream that never really happened. Admittedly, this is a tough feeling. Such an indescribably, great experience just flew by. Regardless of what we are doing now, of how happy I was to see everyone in Europe again, there is still a black hole in the aftermath of it.
But then again. When I think about who I am now: how I look at things, how I stand in life, how I deal with all kinds of situations… There are so many things that have changed in Te Araroa’s aftermath. In a comforting thought, I realised the trail will always be there. It has grown to be an indispensable part of me. I have done it, and no matter what, no one can ever take that experience away again.
So here it is: to Te Araroa, to new adventures, to following your dreams and living the life you want for yourself. Enjoy!
(P.S.: the video is in HD, so simply select image quality 720p)