October 22, 2011

What a wonderful world



Today, exactly two years ago, I spent a lovely day at the Abel Tasman National Park in New Zealand (oh, I really, really miss New Zealand!). I went on a kayak trip with four of my travels buddies and a funny guide and then we paddled along the coast until we came to this beach at Te Pukatea Bay. Our guide took us for a walk up to a viewpoint by a narrow track filled with pricking things from the trees, quite painful when you're bare-footed. Hobbit feet (or maybe just shoes) would have been nice. But we all managed to get down to the soft sand again. While the others took a sun bath I went for a little walk on the beach. I don't know why, but that walk was just amazing. I loved to travel with my travel buddies, but I guess I just needed a break from other people. While I walked down the beach with my camera I just felt truly happy and free. Ok, I know it might sound sentimental, but that afternoon was pure happiness. Just being grateful for everything. For being able to walk around on the other side of the planet, in one of the most beautiful countries, I've ever visited, and do whatever I wanted. One song was in my head during that walk and it was, of course, What a Wonderful World.

Louis Armstrong - What a Wonderful World




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