I haven’t been on a long journey since the splendiferous trip to England and Spain in 2010, when I walked a part of the Camino de Santiago (which showed up emphatically in The Garden of Happy Endings). In a couple of weeks, Christopher Robin and I are headed off to New Zealand for a month, to visit family and wander and recharge the batteries and celebrate a certain important birthday for CR. I’ll be blogging and posting photos, of course, and I know some of you like these journeys a lot.
We leave Dec 27. On the schedule are penguins and the earthquake-savaged Christchurch, Mitford Sound and Queenstown. I can’t wait to see those savagely beautiful mountains. I hope we’ll be able to sea kayak (even if I’ll be nervous). Everyone has insisted glow worms are really a treat. I once visited the 90-mile beach in the far northlands and saw a wild horse laughing on a hill, and picked up a purple shell and held my breath over such long stretches of beach so unpopulated, so I want to take CR there.
The rest…who knows? Bookshops and grocery stores. Cookies and nephews. That crazy accent and calla lilies and greenery. Also, long long flights, which I admit I sort of love. Time to read, to think, to be away from ordinary life.
Any tips? Anything you’ve seen I must not miss? What are the best trips you’ve made?