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I went to New Zealand for 6 months and it changed me completely

I went to New Zealand for 6 months and it changed me completely

“I just jumped from an airplane and the only thing that I felt was freedom. I don’t know exactly if there is a right way to feel like flying, but here I have been learning that freedom is something that we build with our soul. Everyday. Here I feel as a Bird and the sky is not the limit, but enought to hear the birds singing, enjoy the view, feel the Wind on my face and the good feeling on my chest. Now I know why the birds sing.”

(6.10.2017 – from my trip diary)

I went to New Zealand for 6 months and it changed me completely
Photo by @giu_zanetti

It is not very usual to plan a trip to New Zealand, a place still somewhat unknown and distant. Not everyone decides to face 17 hours of flight and a jet leg of 15 hours. As a good lover of nature and adventure, I decided to explore this incredible country, and I can guarantee that anyone who ventures to explore the North and the South Islands of the country won’t be disappointed, not even for a second. Nature was truly creative when originating every single detail of the new zealander landscapes, from bays, splendid beaches, snowy peaks, mountains, stunning lakes, until fiordes. For being one of the first places to see the sun rising, the kiwis usually say that they have more time for the daily pleasures. Life and the way to live seems to pulse in an intenser way around there. 

“What makes a 16 years old girl decide to go alone to the other side of the world? What is so special about there?” A lot of people asked me that when I decided to embark on that journey. My answer, however, was always the same “Why not?”

It was 6 months in the country and what surprised me the most since the beginning was the infinite variety of landscapes, standing out even in a simple stop to go to the bathroom in the middle of the road. New Zealand has the power to make you always want to live more, because, otherwise, it will seem that the rest of your life is boring. 

I went to New Zealand for 6 months and it changed me completely
Photo by @giu_zanetti

 What makes that country a more inspiring place is that it does not matter where you look at or when you look, there will always be a variety of amazing landscapes, in which you will pass from a wonderful one to another even more wonderful one. “It is the road between” a man told me in the middle of the road when we stopped to take water from a river. He was right. In the kiwi lands, the biggest lesson that you will learn is that if you allow yourself to appreciate every road there will be a lot of surprises waiting for it. It doesn’t matter where you put your faith in, if you are religious or not, around that country you will find yourself thanking for the whim of nature for creating all that landscapes that you will pass through.  You will see that the road is as stunning as every stop on the way. 

I went to New Zealand for 6 months and it changed me completely
Photo by @giu_zanetti
I went to New Zealand for 6 months and it changed me completely
Photo by @giu_zanetti

There is also an intense connection between nature and the people, which makes every traveler live such a truly experience that will make them feel welcomed. In the country is something really usual to say “hi” with a Maori – natives of New Zealand – tradition, leaning the forehead and the nose, to share the same air in sinal of respect “It is about breathing the essence of life together”, explained a maori woman to me. “You only know a person if you share a breath with them”, completed.

 After a while when I left the place she made sure to share the same breath with me and say “Your journey will take you where you belong”. In that moment that sentence made so much sense to me that I truly hope that the journey of each traveler makes them cross the kiwi lands, because at the end, the singularity of New Zealand  is the beauty in the road between. 

Written by Giulia Guarrera Zanetti
19-year-old brazilian student of tourism and photography

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