All posts tagged: Dog

Back in Piha paradise. Back to surfing. Back to magic sunsets.

My first day in Piha couldn’t have been any better. A sunny drive down Piha road (and if you know that drive you know how magic it can be), my first surf in ages, an after surf drink by the beach and then this stunning sunset with great company. And after a perfect day came a perfect evening with the family and the girls I had been missing badly over the last couple of months. I sneaked into the house and was lucky enough to be just in time for some stunning singing performances by the girls, followed by delicious dinner and an evening that couldn’t have been any better for my first day back in Piha. Ah, so grateful for all those magic experiences out here….

If you’re not bare foot then you’re overdressed

Ever since I’ve immersed myself in New Zealand culture I wondered how the Kiwis do it – running around bare feet all the time (I’ve even seen bare feet kids in Wanaka winter). They seem to have invisible hard skin under their feet and a very different perception of cold. Since being out here in Piha I’ve been training my feet hard to fit into this lifestyle: first thing in the morning after I wake up is a run down to the beach, over grass with prickles, rocks, asphalt and finally black sand down to the sea to dip my feet in. And while I still wear a beanie against the cold wind I’ve discovered that once your feet go numb from the cold you’re perfectly fine running around bare feet. This week I even had company during my beach walks – Ruby stayed with me for a couple of days and the daily early-morning routine became even better (especially when she cuddled up at my feet and let me tuck my feet into her …

Meet Davie, the South Island version of Ruby and my temporary dog for this season

I really enjoyed taking care of Ruby, the dog, whilst in Auckland so the other day I had this idea of going to find a Ruby replacement in Wanaka. My first idea was talking to the vet and ten minutes later I had found my perfect companion for this winter: Davie, a five-year-old Golden Lab. It only took a quick phone call to his owner and she agreed that I could take Davie out for walks, hikes and runs whenever I want because she has issues with her ankle and can’t walk him any more. I met her the day after, spent a lovely morning at her house and went for a long walk along the waterfront with Davie. Turns out we get along pretty well and had an amazing time fooling around. Anyway, these are some pictures of our walk and his absolutely cute face. Turns out he loves water just as much as Ruby does… Looking forward to many more walks with this cutiepie.

A long weekend with Rob: Walking, talking and great food

I still owe you guys a report from last weekend here in New Zealand. That’s probably an update most of you are curious about as it involves former boyfriend Rob. And from all the messages and mails I got from you since launching this blog I can assure you that THE most frequently asked question is: How are things with Rob these days? To cut a long story short and disappoint all of you: The love story is over since a while and Rob and me are just good friends now. Even fantastic friends I would say.  Enough words – here’s what we’ve been up to in pictures: We kicked off Saturday with a hike to the Kitekite Falls deep in Piha Valley’s rainforest. Ruby seemed to be stoked to join us, putting on her smiling face.  We then stopped at South Piha to have a look at the waves, an interesting chat to a Surf Coach and a quick snack with views of the beach before heading into our next adventure: the Marawhara Track …

The day I learned that dogs are not actually able to nod…

First thing I did last week after my arrival – apart from falling asleep on the couch – was going down to Piha which is a lovely beach-side  township at New Zealand’s west coast. Lonely Planet introduces Piha with these words: If you notice an Auckland surfer dude with a faraway look, chances are they’re daydreaming about Piha… or just stoned. This beautifully rugged, iron-sand beach has long been a favourite for refugees from the city’s stresses – whether for day trips, weekend teenage parties or family holidays. The view of the coast as you drive down Piha Road is spectacular. Last year when we first drove down to Piha it was already dark and we had no clue what an amazing view we missed but this time I got a picture on the way down. The big rock right at the beach is called Lion Rock – you can clearly see where that name comes from in the evening when the plants on the rock transform into a giant “mane” glowing in the sunset. …

How we met Shane…

I mentioned Shane in an earlier post and it’s about time to properly introduce him: Shane is a genuine Kiwi (that’s how you call a real New Zealander) and lives and works in the outskirts of Auckland. He’s one of those people you simply adore for his openness, friendliness and that particular kind of humor he has – and his hospitality of course. How we met Shane is actually a funny story to be shared: Last year I went on a road trip through New Zealand and soon after my arrival I picked up my Austrian friend Maggie (who I still knew from my studies) from Auckland airport. Knowing there wouldn’t be any good camping spots in downtown Auckland we headed straight to Piha, a lovely beach town on New Zealand’s west coast. We arrived late at night and not seeing anything we followed our ears and parked the van on a giant parking spot where we suspected the ocean. It was only the morning after when we peeked out of the car that we …