Both YT and I covered our roots in the first two Wanderlusts, so I took the plunge and went for something a bit out there. Waaaaay out there. Which, of course, is the humble '
' (seriously, look it up) or just simply: New Zealand.
Now, some of you who are more familiar with my inner nerd, might say that 'He just wants to go live in the
'. First of all, YES, don't mind if I do, but secondly, I have more valid reasons to visit. Having lived in Hong Kong for two years already I can honestly say that New Zealand, without a doubt, offers something that Hong Kong-ese (Hong Kong-ers?, Hong Kong-ites?) are deprived of 24/7.
It's a fairly well-known issue that we struggle with. A good friend of mine recently explained how, since living in HK, he has forgotten the meaning of personal space. Agreed.
LOOK AT THAT VAST SPACE!
NZ: 5 million in a country about the size of UK. (268,021 km
HK: 8 million in a country about the size of a pizza (1,104 km
Don't get me wrong, if I were seeking complete solitude, I'd go to Antarctica. But I'm looking for something that may be a bit more old-fashioned in today's hyper-tech, industrialised culture. Nature. Call it romantic, hippie or idealist if you will but I firmly believe that going back to nothing but raw nature lifts one's spirit. I know. I've tried it.
Me and my brother's childhood playground was a forest next to our house. During my time in the UK, I would spend afternoons getting lost in Hasting's cliffs and woods (and ultimately end up in someone's garden). Currently in HK, hiking to great heights where your field of vision is blocked by clouds is the closest I can get to feeling alone. And something in my gut tells me that New Zealand would satisfy all of my primeval need for untamed wilderness.
Of course, many of our days spent there would involve befriending locals, hiking, sleeping under the stars (no light pollution, yay!), and picking up hitchhikers. However, personally I just want to drive off the road and get lost, finding those hidden caverns, private beaches, abandoned forests and getting the chance to feel like a 10 year old once more. It might sound juvenile or even boring to some, but it would be (and will be) my personal heaven.