These blogs are about me, about sport, food, cycling… kit, gear, fun, travel & freedom… and all those things are usually closely linked to movement, both physical and geographical.
I’ve not always been into extensive travel. To be honest until my early 20’s, I could easily have seen myself in my native Pyrenees for life. Enjoying a roadtrip weekend away now and then… why go farther, when you have all you need and enjoy on your doorstep?
Wanaka - New-Zealand
I guess that’s actually a pretty big and very real question. But the big wide world called and from one thing to another, I did step away from home eventually – first travel period to bigger French cities, then beyond – until in 2017 I collected a grand total of 48 flight tickets! Among them was a ZRH – Wanaka in New Zealand. The farthest I’d ever travelled, and an absolutely amazing discovery.
Outdoor lifestyle at the fullest, incredible views, warm and welcoming people. An unfamiliar accent and a great sense of humour. Above all, an unspoiled wildness which literally took my breath away.
The Big Fig Coffee Bar became my home office for a few days – yes, I do sit behind a computer from time to time, at least to write blogs and edit pictures. I kept my energy levels topped up with their delicious gluten and dairy free dishes: Europe is waaaay behind on that front.
If you’ve been following me for a long time, you’ll know that I’ve been constantly sick for a few years due to strong intolerances to gluten, lactose and even eggs !
Goodbye pastries; I’ve had to pay a strict attention to my diet in recent years, but with supermarket shelves full of different peanut butter choices and places like the Big Fig, staying healthy was no problem in New Zealand.
Lake. Landscapes. Great outdoors.
If you’ve never been, Lake Wanaka is definitely on the photo-stop bucket-list. I mean, how many other lakes have awesome swimming trees in front of a crazy mountain backdrop?
You don’t get a smooth paved road all the way round like the Swiss like to do, but I didn’t really care. When the tarmac ran out I just kept going on the gravel: perfect for my 60mm tubular wheelset, and to test the V6 3.8-liter engine of the van that was my wheels and bed during the trip.
Also a great opportunity to leave civilisation behind, swap my cycling shoes for a pair of runners, and also (to the despair of my carefully-cultivated cyclist’s tan lines), to ditch my T-shirt and enjoy some sun!
Yes, I am a social media player and apparently removing one’s top has positive effects on following and engagement… although I don’t have boobs or a bum, maybe it’s still worth a shot, what do you reckon?
Anyway, topless adventures aside… time just flew so fast, and it wasn’t long before I was already back on a plane for the long haul to Zurich. I was left reflecting on the peacefulness of Wanaka and New Zealand in general, the landscapes, the endless outdoor sports opportunities from summer to winter… I’ll definitely be back, although before then I guess there are a few other closer destinations on the list!
I can’t wait to tell you all about it, so follow my travels as I go from place to place, whether it’s a city or another Wanaka of the world!
See you on the road! Guilhem
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