Four months after the adventure stops. (don’t worry, it will continue.)

So what happens to someone once adventure stops? How does one adjust to regular life after 7 months of road trips, adventures and new experiences?

For me it was surprisingly easy.

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I got back home and boom, it felt like I had never been gone. But I’m not saying that it was a bad thing, but it definitely made the transition much easier. When I came home, I felt ready to be home. Unlike most vacations I’ve been on before that always felt too short, this time I felt done and that helped me immensely when it came to adjusting to home life. For the time being my wanderlust was sated. (it might be a slightly different story now. More about that later.)

Unfortunately, some other factors also played a part in that equation. The very day after I arrived from NZ, my family received some bad news. The kind of news that would have had me going back to Sweden as soon as possible no matter where in the world I had been, even if I had still been cycling. I’m not going to go into detail but I’m just very thankful to be home and not on the other side of the world right now.

So what have I been up to for the past four months?

I spent a few weeks just getting adjusted again, sleeping a lot, going for walks with the dog and catching up with my family. I applied for some jobs and a month and a half later I started working. I was so lucky to get a job so fast, especially one that I really enjoy.
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Hiking in my home town in the beautiful (but rare) spring weather. 

I planned to buy a car that I could convert into a campervan, but it turned out to be tricker than I expected. Instead I’ve just bought a Fiat 500 which has been my dream car for years. Yes, I’m totally serious, it’s just so adorable! I’m planning on doing a lot of weekend camping and hiking trips this summer with it, since it’s a bit easier getting places with a car than a bike. My campervan will come eventually, I’ll just have to be patient. It will just be nice having a car for the first time in my life, but I did get to watch the most amazing sunset from my bike in March when I was riding home:
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But that’s not all! I’m going on another adventure in September. I have booked an 8-day trip to Tokyo, where I’ll explore the city, climb Mt Fuji and eat lots of sushi and ramen. I’m already looking into staying at a capsule hotel but maybe I’ll also splurge and stay a night at the Park Hyatt Tokyo. My favorite movie has been Lost in Translation ever since the first time I saw it in 2003, and that’s the hotel Scarlett Johanson and Bill Murray stay at in the movie. I’ve been dreaming of doing this trip for as long as I can remember, so it’s really a dream come true. And yes – of course I’m going alone! I’m completely hooked on solo travel, and didn’t even consider asking someone to come with me when I booked it.

What else is in the pipeline? Hiking trips to Norway, Switzerland, and in Sweden of course. Planning for my eventual long hike which will probably be in USA or New Zealand. Going to Seattle and Canada to visit my American friends I made while in New Zealand. I feel like I add things to my “to do” list when it comes to adventures constantly. Hopefully I’ll live a long life, I have plenty of time to achieve all of my dreams.

Speaking of long life, in just a few weeks I turn 30, and I’m honestly so excited about it! It feels like such a privilege to actually get to turn older when there are so many people who leave this world before their time. So many young people who would love the chance to turn 30, but never get to do it. Why should I get a crisis about that? So silly that most people expect you to feel bad about aging, I love it!

So happy birthday to me and happy adventures to all of us!

New Zealand – the master post.

It’s been two weeks since I returned to Sweden from my epic seven month adventure. It’s been more than a months since I last posted here, and I wish I could say that I’m sorry, but I’m really not sorry at all. New Zealand was so time consuming and so much fun, that I simply didn’t have any time whatsoever to myself, and definitely not to spend at least two hours on each blog post.

So how was my 24 days with Haka Tours, traveling around both the north and south island of New Zealand? It was simply beyond anything I could have imagined. I had the absolute best time, and I met so many great people. If I was to recommend one thing out of everything I’ve done in 2015, it would be to go to New Zealand and travel with Haka. It was such a fun and diverse group of people, most of them traveling alone, and for the Christmas and New Years tour I went on, the age ranged from 23 to 50. I would say that anyone with an adventurous spirit could go, and I really recommend it.

There is no way that I could tell you every single thing I did, and I also don’t want to because if someone was to take my advice and go (please do! you won’t regret it!) then I don’t want to spoil it for you.

So here is a highlight of Haka Tours 24 day epic adventure tour of New Zealand:

Blackwater rafting in Waitomo glowworm caves
When I signed up for blackwater rafting I had no idea what it meant. Turns out that you go into underground caves with big inflatable tires, throw yourself off waterfalls and walk through the cave system in ice cold water, while glowworm illuminate your way. It was pretty epic! And a very good hangover cure for those in my group who partied pretty hard the night before… (I went to bed at 10. No surprise there.)

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My group. Yes, I am doing the mockingjay sign. Everyone except for the two girls on the right were on Haka tours as well. But NZ is so small, so we kept bumping into them anyway, randomly along the road. Pretty fun! 

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Glowworms were awesome and the caves were supercool. Very glad I did that!

Hobbiton – the movie set
I’ve been a fan of Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit for many years now, ever since the first movie came out. I’m usually fan of reading, but I must admit that I never enjoyed reading the books, they were just too boring with all that walking and singing and walking… But when I read that a visit to Hobbiton could be added to my itinerary I didn’t hesitate for a second! Hobbiton is in the middle of the north island, close to the city of Rotorua. When they first filmed the Lord of the Rings movies, the set of Hobbiton was built on the hills temporarily, and torn down when they finished. When they returned years later to film the Hobbit, the farmer who owns the land asked them to make it more permanent, so that he could transform it into a tourist attraction afterwards. Luckily they did just that, and now everyone can experience true movie magic.
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Bilbo Baggins house. Fun fact: the tree above his house is completely fake. There is nothing organic about it at all. And ten days before filming Peter Jackson decided that the leaves were the wrong color, so they had to spray paint each leave individually… woah. 
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Welcome to my new house! 
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Bilbo Baggins house once again. 
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The city center of Hobbiton, with the mill and the pub. All visitors to Hobbiton gets a free beer or cider, and I also tasted the ale and steak pie which was delicious. It was a really fun visit and the guide told us a lot of fun stories from the filming of the movies. I highly recommend a visit, especially if you’re a fan. Our guide Tom was not a fan, and called it a big “door farm”. Well, I loved the door farm!

Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland
This is an activity that’s included in the tour price, and since our guide Tom was a real volcanic geek, this really was his area of expertise. New Zealand has an insane amount of underground activity, from volcanoes to daily earthquakes and these type of thermal springs. The stench of sulfur made the visit kind of unpleasant for some in the group, but it was so pretty that it was worth it. Reminded me a lot of some parts of Yellowstone national park. 
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Tongariro Crossing
As I’m still pretty much a beginner in the hiking world, I had never heard of the Tongariro crossing before. Turns out that it’s one of the most popular day hikes in the world, and has been voted the most beautiful one several times. You walk among active volcanoes, one if the famous Mount Doom from Lord of the Rings (where Frodo is supposed to throw the ring into to melt it). We were so lucky, it had been snowing up there for days and the trail had been closed, but the day we were supposed to do it, it finally opened again. It means it was even busier than normal too though, with the several thousands walking it almost daily now all forced to do it the same day.
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Another mountain. Mordor is filmed at the base of that one. Seriously, you can’t go to New Zealand without seeing Lord of the Rings stuff everywhere. 
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Mount Doom! You can climb it, but it adds at least another 3 hours to your hike, and you have to scramble up it on your hands and feet and then slide down on your bum. No thanks. Oh, and it’s real name is Mount Ngauruhoe, Mount Doom is the movie alias. The top of the volcano is holy to the Maori people, so in the movie they had to digitally change it to look slightly different, otherwise they weren’t allowed to film it at all. Movie magic! 
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It was incredibly cold and windy that day, so we took shelter behind a rock at the highest point on the trail. I’m glad I brought almost all the clothes I owned that day, because the wind chill brought the temperatures down below freezing. It was still worth it though, because I’m pretty sure that is the most beautiful place I’ve ever had a snack break at. 
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Walking down to the emerald lakes below. It was so windy that I could barely stand and it was soft sand on the trail. I was terrified of falling over or just sliding down the entire trail. Here you can also get an idea of just how many people were on the trail that day. 
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The Tongariro crossing was a great hike, but hard. 19,4 is the longest distance I’ve ever walked in a day, but I made it down, and without a single blister on my feet. Seriously, my hiking boots are the best investment ever, along with my camelbak. Don’t miss that hike if you’re in NZ, you can even do it in the winter with a guide!
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The group the next day, at the Tongariro national park.

Swimming with wild dolphins in Kaikoura
I think swimming with dolphins is on a lot of people’s bucket lists, and especially swimming with wild dolphins. Once again, I didn’t even hesitate when I was given the opportunity, so after putting on a super thick wet suit and put on a boat, we headed towards a known wild dolphin pod just off the coast on the south island. The dolphins are there because they want to, and because they find us entertaining. The crew does not feed them or do anything to make them come to us, so it’s 100% on the dolphins terms. We had to make noise through our snorkels and move around a lot to attract their interest, the weirder you look and move, the funnier and more interesting they think you are. I have never felt so silly in my life, but it was worth it when they swam just centimeters away from me. It was so much fun! Dolphins are amazing creatures, and I wish everyone could experience them like this instead of putting on shows at Sea World.
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If you’re ever in Kaikoura on the south island, do this! It’s worth every dollar. This is one of the best experiences I’ve ever had in my life.

Spending Christmas Eve at Lake Tekapo
In Sweden, and I think a few other European countries, we celebrate christmas on christmas eve. I was the only one in the group of 16 people who celebrated on that day, but everyone else celebrated with me luckily.  We spent the night in Lake Tekapo which was so beautiful, and had dinner at the local pub. It was one of the most beautiful locations we stayed at, without a doubt.
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It’s hard to take a jump shot in a dress…
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Evening shot. I took this with my iPhone 6, and it’s one of my favorite photos from my entire trip. 
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Mount Cook, New Zealand’s biggest mountain. 
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Skydiving over Mount Cook and Franz Josef glacier
When I was booking my additional activities before I came to New Zealand, I didn’t originally book a sky dive. I was simply too scared. But as Tom told us the entire trip, if you even hesitate to do something, DO it! It’s just your own fear stopping you. If you think “NOPE” then don’t because then it’s more than just fear. And when I thought about skydiving, it was only my own fear stopping me. So I booked a skydive. It was as simple as that. Luckily for me, four of my friends were also booked to do skydives there, so we all went there together. I had expected to be freaked out about the entire experience, but I was just so, so excited and my friends were too. I had booked a 16,000 ft jump which means a free fall of almost a minute. Had I needed to jump out of the plane myself, there is no way I would have done it, but in a tandem jump you just lean back, put your feet outside of the plane and trust your instructor with your life. The first two seconds were super scary and I was screaaaaaaming, but after that it was just amazing and so much fun. I had a camera man that jumped with me and filmed and took pictures, I’m so happy that I booked that because jumping out of a perfectly good airplane is probably a once in a lifetime experience for me.
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New Years in Abel Tasman national park
The last 4-5 days of the tour there was only 9 of us left in the group, plus Tom and his girlfriend who joined us for christmas and new years. It was everything I could have wished for to be honest. We went to Abel Tasman national park, and stayed at a campground in cabins. Honestly, it was so much fun. We went out for burgers, and then a few of us played a few card games all evening. Well, drinking games mostly, it was hilarious. When it got cold we lit a fire in the campground and spent all night talking and laughing. Such a great night and the best way to celebrate the end of 2015, and the beginning of 2016.
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Aquapackers hostel in Abel Tasman
After new years we were supposed to kayak out to a hostel on a boat, but when we woke up the rain was pouring down and it got cancelled. Luckily we were able to book water taxis out to the boat instead, so off we went. It was so incredibly cosy! I was terrified of getting seasick but I took some pills and luckily I was fine. When we got there I spotted a huge inflatable swan hung by its neck by the shore, so a friend and I swam to it and rescued it. We played around in the water for an hour or so, and then the captain of the boat saw us and said “you know that swan belongs to some All Black players who stay on a boat here too right?” Ehm, no. Nope, I didn’t know that. I quickly swam back and left it, but an hour later they came in a small boat and reclaimed it. They stopped by our boat to question us (and mostly laugh at us), but now I can proudly say that I’ve committed a crime and that two rugby players in their national team were the victims… I’m very proud of myself, yes. It was a great night.
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Spilt apple rock in the rain.
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Silver fern! The one and only time I saw it in New Zealand.
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Swan goals! If someone wants to know one of the reasons why I wanted the swan, you can click here. 
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The All Blacks players when they got their swan back :) 
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Our tiny cabin, five of us stayed in here. There was a lot of giggling usually in the evenings, felt like being at a summer camp. I loved it. 
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This is about 10% of all the things I did in New Zealand, but I really can’t tell you all of it. It’s even more overwhelming than this post. I found so many great friends, and I have a lot of new places to visit because of it. Here are some more random pictures from the country, that I wanted to share as well.
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Lake Wakatipu. I cycled to this spot, 60 km back and forth. It went well, but my hand ached the next day. I have been to the doctor now in Sweden, and have an MRI booked finally. It hurts even more now in super cold Sweden, so I really need to find out what’s wrong with it. 
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Swimming in Wanaka. 
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I wanted a memory from New Zealand, and from my year of adventure. 
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And I’m SO pleased with it! I just brought an idea to the tattoo place in Auckland and just an hour later he had drawn this. It’s inspired by John Muirs quote “the mountains are calling and I must go”, and the mountain in the tattoo is Mount Cook, New Zealands biggest mountain. 
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And then I got back to Sweden, to snow and cold. 
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So now I’m back home. My adventure is over for this time, but trust me when I say that I have plenty of adventures planned for the future. But now I’m looking forward to living a normal life for a while, and hanging out with my family a lot. I want to thank all of you who have followed and encouraged me on this amazing trip, I really appreciate it.

USA, Australia and New Zealand – thank you so much. Thank you for being awesome, for being so friendly and thank you to everyone I met. I’ve loved every second of this adventure and I can’t believe I’ve been lucky enough to get to have this experience. I hope you have loved it too, and I hope I have inspired someone to dare to do this yourself, even if it’s cycling around the world, or maybe daring to travel the world by yourself for a while. I really wish everyone would, because it’s incredible.

Thank you so much <3

Wonderful New Zealand. 

New Zealand. I don’t even know where to begin. I’ve not even been here for a week, and it has already completely blown me away. But to start from the beginning, I spent my last few days staying with Reese and his parents on the Gold Coast, thank you so much for taking me in and feeding me and giving me a real bed again. I really appreciate it! I got to see a last wild koala too, and got a awesome Christmas gift.    

    

Natural bridge in Queensland. 
 

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But on Friday the 11th I flew to Auckland with air New Zealand and it was a nice three hour flight. I arrived to a chillier and rainy NZ which I didn’t mind at all actually. Nice with some cooler weather, at least for a day. Took the bus into Auckland city and the Haka Lodge where I was staying for the night. despite that it was only a three hour time difference I really felt it though. I had a hard time falling asleep that night, but it might also have been nerves from meeting my tour group for the first time the next morning.
On that Saturday morning I got up, and walked down to the common room to meet my group. It took me less than ten minutes to realize that this was going to be so good. The core group that’s going to be with me for 24 days is a couple from America that’s around my parents age, two English women in their 35-40’s, and Australian guy in his 40’s, a Swiss woman who’s 45, a Belgian woman who’s 23 and a German guy who’s maybe 25. Such a great group of people! I was so scared that I’d end up on a “party tour” with a bunch of people in their twenties just wanting to party, this is so much better. And every one are traveling solo except for the American couple. Our tour guide for the entire trip is Tom, a kiwi guy who will also be our driver and basically everything else. I had such a good feeling after that first meeting.    

We got on the bus and headed north out of Auckland right away. The bus is called Murray, and the trailer is Lurky, because he’s always lurking about behind us. 
The good thing about the Haka Tours is that we have a destination set for the day, and then the itinerary is up to the weather and us basically. This day Tom asked if we felt like going for a swim at goat island, and we said yes so off we went. Super pretty!  

   

  

       
After the swim we headed north towards Paihia, after a quick stop at a waterfall in Whangarei. Fun fact: wh is pronounced fh in New Zealander so that is fhangarei. That also means that the mountain Whakapapa is pronounced… Yeah, you can figure that one out yourselves. (If not, it’s fhuckapapa. Good job New Zealand!) 

    
Haka tours has a hostel up in Paihia called Haka Lodge, with this amazing view. We got dinner that night for the first and last time on this tour, the rest of the time we’ll just get breakfast. That’s fine though. The next morning I was booked on a “swim with dolphins” tour, but luckily I had been warned that the probability of there actually being dolphins was very low. Good thing, because they were right. No Dolphins were to be found. We saw a hammerhead shark and a tiny penguin though, and nice scenery. Still a by disappointed, but I still have another chance later on.

   
    
    
   
 We have a lot of tour options with Haka, which is great. I have pre booked a lot when I booked the tour, but you can add anything during as well, and it ends up on your bill at the end. Very convenient, also dangerous haha. Whenever we have group meals Tom just divides the cost between us and it ends up on our tab. 
That afternoon a bunch of us went over and rented some paddle boards and went around the bay. I was the only one of us not to fall in, success! It was a lot of fun, and I met some swedes on a pontoon. Or Tom found them and called me over to say hi. 

          
We had a great evening having dinner and just talking, and getting to know each other better. It really goes fast when you hang out with each other 24/7 and even sleep in the same room. Such a great gang though. 
The next day we got back on the bus and headed south again. We visited the place where the British and the Maori signed the peace treaty first, I can’t remember the name because the names are really hard, but it was a cool place. 

          
Then we were off to watch new Zealand’s “best toilet”, so bizarre. Some German guy designed it apparently. We got back on Murray and went to a beach that Tom recommended, and had a picnic on the beach and went for a walk. Never mind that half the group got lost, luckily it wasn’t the half that I was in. 

   
    
    
   
We walked on the beach and around the coast before Tom met us on another beach to pick us up. And then the best part about Haka happened: we were supposed to get back to Auckland and just have dinner, when Tom said that he could get us on a private sunset cruise with bbq in the Auckland harbor. Everyone went “YES!” so we bought supplies and went to the harbor instead. The guy who took us out was called Steve and was the very first Haka tour guide. So cool and we had an absolute blast. 

   
    
    
    
 On Monday morning we picked up another 7 people who are doing a 7 day north island tour. We’ll drop them off in Wellington as we get on the ferry to the South Island. It was cool getting some more people in, and we were all eager to leave Auckland again and get on the road. People who live in Auckland are known as Jafers. That stands for “just another fucking aucklander”. Not very popular apparently! 
Our first stop was mount Edna, one of 48 dormant volcanoes in Auckland. We went for a short walk, it was nice. Then off we went, heading south! Tom told us about this guy living in Coromandel with hundreds of pigs, so we quickly decided that we needed to stop and visit the pig man. Best part of having a flexible itinerary: we can do whatever we want some day. And the pig man really had a lot of pigs! 

      

      
Next we got to some other places with lots of w’s and a’s in it, where we played at a playground after having lunch. I love that everyone is such kids on this tour. 
Next up was bone carving. Another thing I’ve never done before. We got a piece of bone and instruction how to shape it, and went wild. It took us almost 2 hours to get them done! It was a lot of fun. 

  
  

  

      

   
And one of the guys cooked a German dinner for us all tonight which was super sweet of him, so we had a few beers and food and played darts. Afterwards the girls bonded in our dorm rooms when I put on my Taylor swift tshirt to go to bed and it turns out that two of the others are serious swifties. One of them have even met her and has a photo with her! So jealous. It was great though.
Seriously, i was a bit scared of going on an organized tour with so many people at first, but it’s been so good so far. Everyone is great, it’s nice not having to plan every thing myself and I’m just loving this tour company. I’m in no way sponsored by them, but I’m just so impressed by how they operate. It’s flexible and all about having fun while also being safe. I like it. 
Next up is sea kayaking by cathedral cove, and so many other fun things. When we get to Wellington we’ll all dress up in costumes and go watch the new Star Wars movie, so much fun! I love New Zealand so much. Good times, aye! 

Pacific coast of Australia.

On one of my last days in Sydney I went to Bondi Beach, because you can’t go to Sydney and completely miss the most famous beach in the entire city. I understand why it’s so popular, the sand was bright white and the water was perfect both for swimming and surfing. 
    
    
  

After a while I decided to make the most of my transport pass that day, and take a ferry to manly beach too. I vaguely remember someone telling me that there’s a Swedish restaurant there, and I felt like having a cinnamon roll so it was an easy decision, especially on such a beautiful day. 
    

So much goodies! It was nice being able to walk in and speak Swedish, even if it was just for ordering coffee. I’m confident in my english, but sometimes I stutter, or forget words or pronounce them wrong so being able to speak my native language every once in a while is nice. 
 

I got a typical Swedish fika, a coffee and kanelbulle. Wikipedia defines fika as this: “Fika is considered a social institution in Sweden; it means having a break, most often a coffee break, with one’s colleagues, friends, date or family. The word fika can be used as both verb and a noun. You can fika at work by taking a “coffee break”, fika with someone like a “coffee date”, or just drink a cup of coffee, tea or other non-alcoholic beverage. As such, the word has quite ambiguous connotations, but almost always includes something to eat, such as biscuits, cakes and even sweets, accompanied with the drink. This practice of taking a break, often with a cinnamon roll or some biscuits, cookies, or a fruit on the side, is central to Swedish life.”

 While in Sydney I also celebrated 6 months of travel! The bicycle is made out of wood and I found it in a store a while ago, I thought it was pretty so it will come with me back to Sweden.  
Since Sydney I’ve been slowly making my way up to Brisbane, and I’ve found one of the absolute best camp spots of this entire trip. Just take a look yourself. It was supposed to cost $17 a night, but no one ever came to collect our money in the two days I was there so yay. But first: hunter valley, one of Australia’s most famous wine regions. 

  
   

I know very little of wine, apart from that I enjoy drinking it. But apparently the semillon in the middle bottle is what hunter valley is known for, and I was recommended the chambourcin on the right so I gave that a chance. One man told me I looked like I enjoy fruity and light white wines. I scowled at him and told him that I enjoy very dark and flavorful reds. Light and fruity, as if. Also fun fact: from America where I was asked for ID every single time I bought alcohol, I’ve been asked zero times since coming to Australia. I finally look like I’m legal again apparently. 

But the camp spot! After hunter I drove to one that I had picked on the map, but it was so crowded and the toilets were really far away. I decided to keep on driving but the next stop was even worse, as it was completely empty and pretty spooky. I went back to my app and found the third spot, and decided to give it a chance. And just like that I found the best camp site in Australia. I spent two days there, just swimming, reading and existing. It was amazing.    

    
SO good! Ugh, so good. I really recommend it. Also, yes that is my wine glass. And coffee cup. Good because people never know if you’re drinking coffee or wine hehe. 

    
  
This is a goanna I’ve been told. It was huge and there was two of them patrolling the area. Well, who doesn’t enjoy a little wild life every once in a while. 
    
   
Coffee or wine? Who knows! (It was coffee. It was 8:30 in the morning and I had just been for my morning swim.)

I’ve also been to billabong zoo which I was mildly impressed with. Especially after learning that it’s illegal to hold koalas in the state of New South Wales. So disappointing. But I still got to see them and pat one of them while its handler held him so still worth it.   
    
Look at it holding my hand! I died. 

    
I can identify so much with this koala lady. 

    

But yesterday when I got to the free campsite I had chosen, I had one of the very few encounters that made me seriously uncomfortable during this adventure. I asked a man camped next to me where I could access the river so I could wash off the day, and then he wouldn’t leave me alone. He came over when I was putting on the tent part and tried to help put the sheets on the bed (just NO), he opened the door to the car without asking permission, he touched my hip when I was standing in nothing more than a bikini and towel by the car which made me take a huge step back and reconsider staying there. Had it not been for the fact that at least 7-8 other people were camping there too I would have left. After a while I had to excuse myself and say that I had promised to skype my parents just to be able to get him to leave me alone. And he still came over as soon as I had hung up! I was so annoyed, but I told him that I wanted to be alone and he luckily backed off then. The guy was around 50-60 maybe, old enough to be my dad. This morning I left without even having had breakfast, I just wanted to get away. Seriously creepy.    

But it was a beautiful site at least. You could stay there for two nights for free, but nothing in the world could have made me stay another second while he was still there. 

Anyway. I drove to Dorrigo National Park, which my friend Mimmi had recommended. It was so pretty! I took a 2,5 hour hike through the rainforest, and saw waterfalls and bridges, a lot of birds but best of all a snake!

  

  

  

  

  

  

Can you see me?

  

    

I came around a bend in a path and all of a sudden the snake was right there, just a few meters in front of me. I actually gasped out loud, before I quickly took some pictures and filmed it. I was cautious but not as scared as I had expected me to be. I’m not that scared of snakes, I am much more terrified by spiders. An hour later a spider came on the outside of my windscreen and I freaked out. I was so scared I almost got nauseous, and it was on the outside! Wow. Anyway, I showed a lady working there the picture of the snake and she told me it’s a red-bellied black snake. They’re venomous but usually not deadly. I’m actually glad I got to see one up close before I left, now I’ve seen most Australian animals except for sharks, but that I can do without. 

Tomorrow I’m heading to Byron Bay, and then I’m crossing the border back into Queensland and the Gold Coast. I’ll spend a few more days with Reese and his parents before i leave, so I have time to do laundry and wash the car. It’s so filthy, oh god. That’s what 2,5 months of driving through outback and rainforest and everything in between will do to a car. On Friday I get on the plane to Auckland, New Zealand and on Saturday the three week adventure tour begins. It will be so weird traveling with other people, but I’m looking forward to it so much. 

Life is so good!