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Cycling Excursion to Makara Beach Wellington

The year 2010 Christmas holiday was my first major holiday season abroad. I had thought that there would be festivities and huge crowds in the streets of Wellington city as we are habitual of seeing in India on Diwali or Holi or Dusshera. So I went for a stroll in the city, the evening before Christmas. To my utter shock I could not find anyone on the streets. Even the parking slots on the roads were empty. It looked like I was on the sets of a post apocalyptic movie such as 'I am legend' or '28 days later' etc.

Later I would learn from friends living there that it was how the atmosphere on Christmas was supposed to be as everyone goes out to see their family and have a get together. Quite contrary of what I had earlier thought it to be in Indian context where people visit each others friends and relatives on festivities. Hence there was a noticeable and expected lull around in Wellington.
I was alone at home and thought that it was the best opportunity to see the surro…

Skiing at Mount Ruapehu

New Zealand has always been famous for its natural beauty. That fame was brought to fever pitch by The Lord of the Rings film trilogy, which was shot at multiple locations in New Zealand. I had been asked by many LOTR fans if I had seen those locations here. My answer was always a 'No', probably because I had passed those locations many times but hadn't actually visited any of them. To add to this, there was this desperate feeling within me to see snow in New Zealand. I have been here for almost 2 years now and never had got a chance to touch snow here. I don't know if it is only me or everyone else who thinks that a foreign country = snow and snow clad white mountains. Anyway, this To-Do item was pending for a long time now.
One day I read in the NZ herald that there was first snowfall of the season at Mt Ruapehu. The very next moment I was searching the internet for information about it and how to visit that place. I came to know that there were 2 ski fields at that…