New Zealand pt 3, Wanaka

Hey! In between all emotional thoughts about leaving Australia I want to continue to tell you about my trip to NZ. Last time I left you hanging was after my stay in Mt cook. Now I’m in Wanaka and that’s a place that I really came to like. 
In Wanaka you find New Zealand’s most photographed tree, a tree that grows all on its own out in "Lake Wanaka". It’s not a super sepecial tree but it’s placed very beautifully in the lake with all the mountains in the background. It has become an icon for Wanaka so of course I went to see it. I even parked my van on the beach right to it to stay the night there. Turist javisst!
An other thing that Wanaka is known for is the mountains around the lake and especially Roy’s Peak. To climb Roy’s Peak takes 5-6hours with return and it’s a hike of 16km where your climb over 1000 meters. I did this 3 o’clock in the morning. Why you might wonder but the answer is quite easy... the sunrise of course! I wanted to catch the sunrise on top of the peak. I wanted to see the world light up from above and to capture it with my camera. As I told you in the first NZ-blog-episode I wanted to give myself time to do my photographing and this was one such a thing.
To combine a physical activity and the possibility to capture amazing photos makes me very excited. When I run around with my camera I have a big smile on my face and feel happy that I just did/do the things I love.  This what was happened after I climbed Roy’s Peak and saw the sunlight shine through the clouds and light up the scenery. Magical moment and I ran around all lyric taking photos. But it was freezing cold and even though I wore five layers on my upper body I found it difficult stay warm. Down again the heat was real. It was sweating hot so I decided to take a bath in Lake Wanaka, work on my tan and eat my brekkie by the beach. A perfect morning.
Just as I enjoyed my own company in the sun, listening to music I got interrupted... and that not by anyone...  When I was sitting/lying in my chair with closed eyes I here someone excuses himself for disturbing me with a bad Asian English accent. It turns out to be a curious Data Professor from China who strolled by my van on his morning walk through Wanaka. This meeting is one of the funniest and random I experienced.. this chines professor asks me if the van is mine, if I travel alone and what I do... when I answer him that I’ve rented the van and travel around it all alone trough New Zealand his face expresses impressment and astonishment and then he repeats himself several times by saying "All alone! You travel all alone! Only one! Only one!"
His reaction was the cutest ever and he continued with saying "chines people would never travel alone, never!" Then he disappeared but after 5 minutes he was back but now with one of his friends and now he asked me if he could take a photo with me. "Yes of course" I answered, so now a Chines Data Professor has a picture of himself with me dressed in bikini lying in a chair with my van in the background. Life is funny sometimes! 
Roys Peak, Wanaka | Nikon D90 | Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 
Ps. I'm in Sweden now!!


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