Je bekijkt de reis...
24 juni 2014
Summary of my last weeks in New Zealand:
After the Mototapu Track I walked the: Routeburn track, Kepler track, Ben Lomord, a little walk in the Matukituki Valley and I did the Tongariro crossing including the peak Mount Ngauruhoe (Mount Doom in Lord of the Rings). Between the Hikes I've been hitchhiking and taking buses. I think I've been drived by over 25 different people when I was hitchhiking. I also visited my pilgrim friend Jack again in Wellington on my way north and had a few nice days there! I did Woofing for a week in Motueka on a sheep farm, and before I left NZ I could stay at Jack's parents (Ken and Suzie + daughter Anna) place, they showed me around Auckland:). When I arrived in my room there was a pile of Chocolate biscuits all for me! Thanks again!
Then on the 8th of June I flew to Japan. I arrived at Naritta airport and had to find my way to the city Narita by metro and then to my hostel. In Japan they don't have street names and I had no phone credit/ wi-fi or gps. So when I got out the the subway station in Narrita I asked a Japanese men or he spoke English. His reply: ''Speak Japanese'' and he turned around. For 5 seconds I thought I was gonna have a really hard time in Japan to find my way but I got lucky. Only 5 seconds later an African Japanese men approached me and asked or I needed help. He and his wife brought me all the way to the hostel!
The next day was another adventure since I had to go by train from Narrita to Aizuwakamatsu by train (3 stepovers). When I woke up I went out to look for an ATM to get cash for my stay in Japan. Turned out there weren't a lot of atms in Narrita and they didn't work for my cards. So I decided to go to the airport (I had just enough money left to go there) and I was able to get some money! The train ride went very easy and then I arrived in Aizuwakamatsu! That is where I met my camino buddy/ Japanese sister ''Humi''! I spent 3 nights at her mother's place, met her family had my first Japanese food, saw Japanese Temples, Shrines and the castle of Aizu. In short: Amazing! I was sad to leave Aizu, Humi and her mother. Hope to see her again some day!
After Aizu I went back to Tokyo to stay there at another camino frieds (Ryoji and Akiyu + daughter Keiko) place. To be honest I didn't know what to expect since I didn't know them very well and I was supposed to stay there for 8 days. But despite my worries I felt like they spoiled me like a 15 year old son that came back after being away for 10 years. When I entered the house Ryoji gave me a HUGE pile of folders of things to do in Tokyo and Maps from Tokyo. They showed me arround a lot and paid for almost everything. In the house there was always chocolate, fruit, cookies, beer and soft drinks. And the most important thing in the house or when sightseeing was Ryoji's family. They are very funny, super nice, considerate, happy and just AMAZING people. I can never ever repay them for my stay in tokyo. I really feel part of the family Tsuboi and I miss them a lot.
Few things I did in Tokyo:
- Tokyo Tower highest observation deck
- A lot of temples, shrines in Ueno, Asakusa and I Don't remember the name of the places/neighborhoods but there were a lot of places where I went in Tokyo.
- Taking a random Metro, getting out at a random station, walking for a bit, buy a ice cream and go back to the subway station again
- a Hike 2 hours drive from Tokyo
- seeing a basketball match of Keiko!
- Fuji-Q Highland (roallecoaster paradise)
- eating Sushi
- Imperial Palace
Then the 20th of June I flew to Hong Kong to meet my friend Tian and Humi (again). Hong Kong was OK, I went to '' the Peak'' by myself and did a little hike by myself. Tian took me out for dinner the first night, 2nd night we had dinner with the 3 of us (Humi arrived 1 day after me). Humi Showed me around in the neighborhood of Tian"s apartment. Very dirty neighborhood, but it was cool! Then monday the 23th I went to the bus station to catch a bus to the airport. On the way I saw a man walking out of a truck with a dead pig over his shoulder, and the intestines in his hand (no gloves). This was a ''nice'' final image in my head to leave Hong Kong.
A the bus station I had to say goodbye again to people:( Miss you Humi, I wish you all the best in Hong Kong!
Mongolia! From the Airplane I could see a little bit of Mongolia (I had the walkway seat) But my heart started to beat faster, dam so empty, beautiful and mysterious! Some one was supposed to pick me up from the airport so when someone started talking to me in the arrival hal I thought it was the pickup. Turned out it was a taxi driver, so after 1km driving we turned around. Found the right guy at the airport and was brought to my hostel. The next day, wow that is today, I had to go to the immigration office to extend my visa. That ment getting on the right bus, getting out on the right stop, walking to the right building, work my way trough Mongolian bureaucracy, and then the same way back. It was very stress full, since getting the extension was pretty important but it all went well.
Then back in the hostel there was another dutch guy and we went to the supermarket together and then to a sort of play in the Theater. It was a play about Mongolian culture and I really enjoyed it. Then I went by myself trough the streets to find a nice restaurant. Got a very good pasta and huge salad + a fanta orange for like 6 Euro all together! Tomorrow I will go for a bit of sightseeing in Ulanbataar and then on Thursday I'm off to the voluntary work camp!
I've left loads of stories out of this blog, but I really felt like I needed to tell the people back home what I've been up to. I hope that you enjoyed the reading and I hope that you are all well! I will make my Facebook accessible to everyone, since I don't think I will post pictures here. If you can't find my facebook then I suggest you do some searching on google images about the places I've named. Oh by the way here is the website of where I will be doing my horse trekking starting 23 JULY.
If you go to Gallery you can find some pictures of the area. Oh and in case you didn't see my movies about New Zealand then go to Youtube and search for '' headingeast michiel van de glind'' or copy and paste this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TZIBgJsOLEE
24 juni 2014 18:23 | Door: Willy
Hey Michiel. Wat beleef jij een hoop avonturen en ontmoet je mooie mensen. Zo stoer zoals je alles gewoon doet. Petje af! Heel veel plezier nog in Mongolie.
24 juni 2014 18:36 | Door: Elske
24 juni 2014 18:37 | Door: Aalt
keep it up! Goed om van je te horen!
hoop dat de laatste maand in Mongolië je veel goed doet!
24 juni 2014 19:29 | Door: Greet van veen
Wat een geweldige belevenissen. Fijn om je camino vrienden te ontmoeten . Hele fijne tijd nog. Hr Gr Greet
24 juni 2014 22:12 | Door: netty kraaij
tjonge wat een reisverhalen weer!
Veel succes en plezier in mongolie.
groetjes van alle kraaitjes!
24 juni 2014 22:40 | Door: Bram
Niet normaal zo veel verschillende belevenissen en zoveel mensen!!
Hopelijk heb je een goede tijd in Mongolië!
25 juni 2014 03:34 | Door: Humi
Wish you the bestest! Enjoy the fullest!
25 juni 2014 21:10 | Door: Willem
Respect man! Wat een te gekke reis heb je al gemaakt en wat een te gekke reis ga je nog maken! Super gaaf! Ik ben erg benieuwd naar al je verhalen!
29 juni 2014 00:39 | Door: kees v Boven
Mooie reis hoor en hou je staande in Mongolië
ben benieuwd naar je echte vertel verhalen
fijne reis verder