It might be a bit late to have a look back at year 2019, but life has been very busy since I came back to Finland in the beginning of the month and I haven’t had much time for the blog.
I started the year in Jaipur (India) with my family, taking a plane on that day to spend a few days by the sea in Goa. After that, I flew back to New Zealand for 9 more months of working holiday. I stayed on the South Island until mid-April, visiting wonderful Fiordland twice and living 2 months in Dunedin to volunteer for penguins on the peninsula. I then migrated north, visiting wonderful Castlepoint before reaching Rotorua, where I stayed for a month and gave a talk at the Rotorua Camera Club about my travelling through New Zealand.
I then had a three-week tour of the North Island with Vivien, visiting Taranaki in the process, and closed my year in kiwiland by a 1.5 month stay in the largest city, Auckland, exactly where it all started in August 2018. I spiced up that last stage with a week of volunteering on wonder island Tiritiri Matangi.
Finally, it was time to head back to Europe. I spent 10 days in Vanuatu, 3 weeks in Australia, and flew to Helsinki. In the end of October, I went to Grenoble with Vivien, then we crossed the Atlantic Ocean for 2 weeks in Martinique. Some more time at home, a short stopover in Hungary, then we were both back in Finland at the beginning of the year.
Oh, I forgot to mention that I had pictures published in French nature magazine Terre Sauvage in September!
It was an eventful year, full of adventure, and I loved it. I learnt much about myself and what I like to do, and I’m planning to build upon that for the future.
I’m not sure what will happen to this blog in the future. My audience figure plummeted, with barely half the number of view compared to 2018, and fewer than in 2017. I posted less, but does that explain it all? I still like writing, but it doesn’t bring any money, so I’m keener on working towards more magazine publications. There will be more blog posts for sure, though, so stay tuned =)
Also, note that I am very late in my picture editing. I was already a few months behind when I left New Zealand, but my full-speed traveling in the following month only added to the stack of untouched images. Since then, I have either been relaxing or focusing on other things… but I’m slowly getting into it again! Make sure to follow me on Facebook and/or on Instagram to see new contents when it comes out 🙂
As a teaser, here is a view over Castlepoint, a true gem of the Eastern Coast of New Zealand’s North Island.