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Trail running in South Island, New Zealand “No baggage” style
Me, my hand-carry backpack and my heavy-duty rucksack
Armed with one light hand-carry backpack and one heavy-duty rucksack, I set foot for what promised to be a great adventure in Kiwi Land!
13th December 2012: Welcome to Queenstown!
What a landing this was! I could barely take my eyes off the plane window. By the time we landed, I had craned my neck so much to the left that it started to hurt! It felt like we were part of a flight simulator video game where the plane has to carefully navigate through picturesque mountain ranges. One tiny mistake by the pilot and it would have been game over! Nature kept beckoning us through the airplane window. Each time the plane banked right, I could see glimpses of a serene greenish-blue colored river. As the plane descended, this river showed off more and more of her beauty. The snowcapped mountains we saw moments ago quietly disappeared into the backdrop while gently giving way to lush green grasslands. And, all of a sudden, a runway appeared out of nowhere and we were somehow in Queenstown, New Zealand! Flights to Queenstown offer great views of “The Remarkables”, one of the largest mountain ranges in New Zealand.
What a landing! This is what I call a scenic flight!
All food stash goes to trash
Upon landing, the first human being I saw from the plane’s window in Queenstown was a customs lady flanked by two gigantic dustbins on either side. “QUARANTINE” was the mantra of the day.
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