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Hiking against hate – Against xenophobia and racism in the Internet

Hiking against hate – Against xenophobia and racism in the Internet

Dear blog follower!  I would like to use the attention towards my adventure on the Te Araroa Trail in New Zealand in order to raise awareness of an extraordinary and unique campaign in Germany…and to collect donations for it! ?  I’m supporting “Donate the hate | the involuntary donation campaign“. Why is this “Donate the hate” campaign such a great idea and deserves your donation? Lately, the internet and especially social networks like Facebook or Twitter are overflowing with racist…

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5. Trail Section: From Pakiri to Auckland – Reunion at Auckland

5. Trail Section: From Pakiri to Auckland – Reunion at Auckland

Te Araroa Trail Total (TTT): 596 km   High: Reunion with my trail friends… and pizza in Auckland ?   Low: Allergy, asthma and gores (aweful combination!)   ??: 9/10 ??☹️: 9/10 Trail Day 19: From Pakiri to Dome Forest (20 km)   Trail Day 20: Dome Forest to Puhoi (34 km)   Trail Day 21: Puhoi to Orewa (18 km) Trail Day 22: Orewa to Long Bay (23 km)   Trail Day 23: Long Bay to Auckland (28 km)  

2. Trail Section: From Ahipara to Kerikeri / The Northland Forests – Tough Mudder & Murphy’s Law

2. Trail Section: From Ahipara to Kerikeri / The Northland Forests – Tough Mudder & Murphy’s Law

Te Araroa Trail Total (TTT): 224 km   High: Mud battle in Raetea Forest   Low: Pesto Intermezzo in the tent   ??: 5/10 ??☹️: 8/10 Unfortunately I won’t have the time to write in German AND English…but please check out my pictures in the German version of this article: 2. Trail-Abschnitt: Von Ahipara nach Kerikeri durch die Northland Forests – Tough Mudder & Murphy’s Law  

3. Trail Section: From Kerikeri to Whangarei Heads – Sharapova in the Forest

3. Trail Section: From Kerikeri to Whangarei Heads – Sharapova in the Forest

Te Araroa Trail Total (TTT): 399 km   High: Amazing Kiwi hospitality of Hugh & Ros at the Tidesong Bed & Breakfast and of Doug at his beautiful cottage   Low: A new blister every day!   ??: 7,5/10 ??☹️: 8/10 Unfortunately I won’t have the time to write in German AND English…but please check out my pictures in the German version: 3. Trail-Abschnitt: Von Kerikeri nach Whangarei Heads – Sharapowa im Wald

1. Trail Section: From Cape Reinga to Ahipara – Or: How do you eat an elephant?

1. Trail Section: From Cape Reinga to Ahipara – Or: How do you eat an elephant?

(Solution at the end of this article… ?) Te Araroa Trail Total (TTT): 100,5 km   High: The first step on the trail Low: Night of horror in the tent because of heavy storm and rain   ??: 7/10 ??☹️: 8/10 Day 1: Cape Reinga – Twilight Beach Camp (12,5km) What a perfect start of the day! I have already seen me trying to find a hitch on the side of the road for hours, arriving late in the course…

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From Auckland to Cape Reinga – The pressure is on!

From Auckland to Cape Reinga – The pressure is on!

I love long bus rides in foreign countries! During the seven hours from Auckland to Kaitaia in the far north of New Zealand I already got a little insight why many consider the country the most beautiful in the world: hilly, lush green landscapes, small settlements with simple houses and huts…only interrupted by beautiful bays with wide beaches, palm trees and some really strange trees as well…Kiwis like it simple and spend much time in nature, just my thing! 😉…

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Auckland – Is everyone flirting with me?

Auckland – Is everyone flirting with me?

First of all: the answer is „no“ (who would have thought that? ;-)). I was told already before my arrival about the extremely friendly Kiwi hospitality, but it is always a completely different matter to experience it yourself. There is always a friendly smile and I felt immediately welcome in this country. However, an absolute pain in the ass is my jet lag! Right on time at 3 o’clock, at the latest at 4 o’clock, I lie awake in bed…

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From Düsseldorf to Auckland – Familiar faces, smelly Chinese and „politically“ adjusted flight routes

From Düsseldorf to Auckland – Familiar faces, smelly Chinese and „politically“ adjusted flight routes

Flying is part of travelling…but it shouldn’t! 😉 The flight to Auckland has proved to me once again that flying (in economy class) is simply uncool: boarding is never on time and takes forever, the Chinese passengers next to you are always smelly (no exceptions experienced… EVER!), the „fresh“ air of on board and inside airports gives me dry eyes, a dry nose and a dry throat, furthermore sleep is always a matter of luck…especially if the Chinese next to…

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