יום שישי, 3 ביולי 2009
יום שלישי, 2 ביוני 2009
יום חמישי, 28 במאי 2009
here, we learned a lot about human beings. did you know that human is a very social creature? people must have company, someone who'll listen to them, someone they can listen to him. not necessary a partner for life, or a great love. just someone ... to talk too.
יום שלישי, 19 במאי 2009
יום חמישי, 7 במאי 2009
יום רביעי, 6 במאי 2009
יום שבת, 25 באפריל 2009
יום שני, 20 באפריל 2009
יום שבת, 18 באפריל 2009
יום שלישי, 7 באפריל 2009
After 7 weeks we decided that it's just too much, we couldn't see any more of that amazing, beautiful, breathtaking views... so we left to the north island, where there more people and volcanoes and less mountains and send flies.
the last day in the south we spent doing kayaking in Charlot sound (an like fiords, the sounds were made due to water floods and the rising of the sea level so it looks different... if you want to know). we must say that it looks nice but it's actually can be really scary when you're out on the sea (for the gozal...) and really hard work with your hands (for the davar...), but like one of the Israelis here told us - a "chavaia" is a "siyut" in the past... but it was fun and no ferry or wail killed us, so...
יום חמישי, 2 באפריל 2009
on the first day we climb to the Brewster hut, which was amazing, but we couldn't decide what was more breath-taker - the climb or the view! (pics on the end of the last album)
then we spent the whole weekend in wanaka, thanks, again, to a shitty weather. but in this time, we manage to play candy-poker (which gozal won and earned the ninth-weakly-timtam [the timtam here is price less, about 5-6 shekels each and there is big variety!]), a movie in a special-coaches-cinema with huge-amazing-hot cookies at the break time.
When the good weather came we went to the mt Aspiring NP, spent the night in the hut, and on the morning, with not too good forecast, we decided to take the risk and climb to the divine Saddle.
WOW! it was worth it, as you might see in the photos.after a hard climb with heavy clouds we made it. god was with us (or just wrong NZ weather forecast) and gave us clear sky!
and for desert we had, again, the red-star burger, as you can see, and 'Cascade project' had succeed.
we drove back north throw the west coast, we saw some dolphins (try to find them on the beach pictures..), and hips of sand flies.
Now, in nelson, two days before going on a ferry to the north island, relaxing and eating some meat-pies (delicious!)
the frequency of our writing and photos uploading isn't measured by the amount of beautiful places and adventures we are having, but by the amount of free Internet library we find.
so there is some nice photos on:
no, we don't know where we gonna do the Seder, looking for an Hagada, and planing a really good dinner.
יום שישי, 27 במרץ 2009
this is definitely the place to tell them ( and you..) how much they helped us, and gave us much more than just soft landing! the guidness they gave, the knowledge they have, the warm and cosy hospitality were a lot more than we could ask for, and we hope they'll come to Israel, so we can give them back as much as we can.
From there we continued to Arthur's Pass. an historical pass in the southern alps, and one of the only places even today that you can cross these mountains from east to west. this is what makes this erea so amazing, and in three hours we went from beach to snowing mountains and huge rivers, and again into rain forests and great ocean. the eyes almost can't catch it all in such a short time. We stooped in the mountains for three days, and did a beautiful Tiyul-Gadol, with two Saddles (that seems as if competing who will give us the best view), and we walked two big rivers up to the place they start from, so we could see how those 'monsters' are just little streams at its beginning (even in Israel terms..). for these two days we were all alone and it was a great feeling to have those mountains for miles all to ourselves (+30 beds hut as well).
we loved it, but our bodies thought quite the opposite. the gozal ruined her left knee on the way down (a long way down..) and the davar did the same to his right ankle. now together we are a whole cripple person! lovely..
From there we headed down to the west coast, for a two-days-cripple-trip along the shore.
here you can't say 'tiyul-zkenim' because the old people are doing pretty much.
we, actually, found out that this country is so amazing that you can be excited and surprised, even without hurt your body so much (for the crazy-Israeli-trampers attention..)
from the comfortable seat in the car, and a little walk, we still could see two glaciers in the middle of the rain forest, rocks that looks like lots of pancakes, a seal colony that we were happy to see that can be seen also we there is sun in the sky, and one crazy-wild food-festival that looks like purim with the costumes and drinking stuff (try to imagine a small town full with 50,000 people all drunk and looking for wild-food).
The glaciers, Franz josef and Fox, aren't as people usually think, are created due to heavy snow and special climates in the valley. the regular soundtrack around the glaciers is usually avalanche because of the 'work' of the glacier on the rocks, and lots of tourist helicopters that you can almost think you are in an air-force base, or at least in the middle of a war.
A trip in the car can be really exusting, and again its started to rain, so we head to go north to golden-bay, and take a rest. golden-bay is located in the north-west corner of the south island, and has beautiful beaches. beside sleep and making ourselves a really good burgers dinner (the hardest part was to buy them - when you have to pronounce BURGERS with this tooth breaking accent). we went to seethe farewell spit, a long and thin bay that made mostly of sand and has interesting and different shapes in high or low tide. traveled around in Takaka, a very nice and beautiful town, and of course, we found a home-made chocolate factory...
Now, after resting enough, we could start the Abel-tasman, or as the kiwis* called it - the most beautiful tramp, well not exactly. the abel-tasman suppose to be a tiyul-gadol along the tasman bay, but in fact, it goes mostly in the bush and we did it in a day and a half. except the last hour - when we walked on a great cliff above amazing blue water, one interesting experience in the high-tide, and one great sunrise in the morning, it was pretty boring. the hitch-hiking that we did before and after it was much more interesting and faster than we could do it with our car!
Now we really needed to rest. from this boring bush, we went to a nice old couple in a farm south to nelson, that we've found throw the 'Hit' booklet. we spent there one night in separate rooms for unmarried couples.. and left them to Nelson lakes.
thanks to a very nice Israeli couple that we met there, we've changed our plan, and earned a great Tiyul-gadol, with freezing river-crossing at 7:00 am , a beautiful bush walking (hard to find), and very interesting climbing between water falls to the amazing Angelus hut, and its alpine lakes.
we couldn't decide what was better, the way to the hut, or the way down, when we could see the view in both sides of the ridge until the sea that is very far away. we also met there only nice Israelis, that made this place even better.
Now , back down to Wanaka, waiting for good weather, to see some more beautiful places.
why? when? where? how?
that will be written on our next 'article'...
pictures will be upload as soon as we can...
יום שלישי, 10 במרץ 2009
יום שישי, 6 במרץ 2009
since the last time we wrote, we drove up north in the fiordland to the famous Milford sound, which is actually a fiord( and not a sound), that was created by a glacier, but the British, who discover it, weren't aware to it.
anyway, it was amazing sailing in this fiord, even though, it was cloudy and raining (again...) and due to that we saw much more streams of water around us!
now, if we would tell you that for the next four nights, we slept in few different lakes beaches, with beautiful sunrises and sunsets, you probably think its cost us a lot, but it is surprisingly amazing what you can do with 10$ and a tent!!! (and what about beef steaks with mashed potatoes with fried onion for two people for about 15 shekels total!).
when the rain stopped, we decided not to do the obvious thing - another tiyul gadol, and to spend these sunny days in few towns around.
we left the fiordland, with its rain and tones of sand flies (know we know what is it 'akitzot begodel shel kombain'!), and drove norther to queenstown. no, we skipped all these sky-divind and bunji-jumping (looking at others doing it was scary enough..). from there to glenorcy, arrowtown and chromwell, which surrounded with a lot of vineyards, and of course, we had a nice wine tasting in one of the wineries.
a bit dangerous thing to do on the morning..
now, in wanaka, hoping for good weather for another tiyul-gadol, we'll see... and you'll see the pictures...
hoping for more sun for us, while more rain for you...
יום שישי, 27 בפברואר 2009
4 days of rain! it's not rain that you can say - OK, I'll stay here for 15 min it will be over, no! 4 days without sun, not even a little bit above the clouds. so, we thought that it won't be so smart go up the mountains, as we planed and as we told you the last time... and - from oumaru we drove on the east cost to Dunedin (that we also told you) and hoped for better weather which didn't really come.
but apparently it helped us see much more.
the otago peninsula and the Catiline's (on the east coast) are not only beautiful beach line with amazing cliffs and bays, it's also the place to see wild life. and the bad weather for us is a very good one for them. so, we had two days of traveling on great beaches in a crazy weather and we saw many seals and some penguins, but the most amazing were the sea lions which are so big and fat, you can't believe 'till you see that.
as we found out that it is gonna be good weather, we decided to skip steward island and head up to the famous fiordland.so we moved to the west coast, and the sun came out, when we almost forgot that its exist...
on the next day, after a good night in an amazing backpacker, we started the Kepler Tiyul Gadol*. It were four beautiful days, included steep climbs, outstanding view of mountains, lakes, rivers, skies etc, while spending the night in these cosy, crowded and expensive huts. we were glad to hear that this is a pretty hard tramp for beginners, for us it wasn't that bad, and we enjoyed it very much.
now, back in the same backpackers, relaxing and preparing ourselves for the next days, in fiordland, hoping for good weather, that will give us a purpose to climb up some more mountains.
but, one of the main adventures, happened in Dunedin. we went to visit the Cudbery chocolate factory, which was terribly tasty, and we earned some extra snacks, by answering the guide questions, and for volunteering to hold the door!
that all for now,
until the next free-internet-library,
shabat-shalom from lake te-anau
יום שישי, 20 בפברואר 2009
we know we promised to start tracking but the weather here thought exactly the apposite and it was to dangerous to go to the mountains now so we've found ourselves in a beautiful town call oamaru. it used to be a gold mining town but when they didn't have any gold to fined they just left and everything is now as it used to be than. the buildings here are amazing, like Europe in the other end of the world. it's defiantly the perfect place to stay at when the rain just doesn't stop...
so we're in a great backpacker* which is in an old hotel and it is very worm and cosy and the Internet is free so what do we need more? yesterday we had a "yom shishi dinner" with the two nice Israelis (we think the lonely planet should write about them so other people can see them too) and one of them was (a very big surprise) udi, the one who travelled with davar in ozi. we met him when we went to see penguins last evening. well... we saw 3, one from really close, but we found one udi so it was worth it, and immediately we took him with us to dinner (did you know that from rice, eggplant, wine and meet you can make the best meal?).
so from here we're going south do Dunedin (all the Israelis here call it - dani din... i thought i started with that but then everybody say that, it's just the way the map says...) and hoping to see more sea animals because there are a lot of them in the otago peninsula (google that...) and when the rain will stop we can compit the other crazy Israelis.
shabat shalom lekulam. we're going to eat a shabat breakfast in an old bakery we've found yesterday (near the whiski and the wool factory...).
oh, and we were in the most beautiful botanic gardens, promise the pictures soon!
davar and gozal and the rain...
יום רביעי, 18 בפברואר 2009
יום ראשון, 15 בפברואר 2009
i really like that thing that you all answer us the moment you got the mail. such good friends, really, this great love off yours gives us the energy to write more and especially reminds us what great friends waiting for us at home. and please - don't give us these bullshit about "we're busy and not all the world is around you guys and when we we're there you didn't write so now you know how it feels" because when you where here (or there...) we read everything so... let's not go under for the little ones, sababa? sababa!
any way - we know the Autumn is one month from us now (here, not there...) and that we suppose to be really nervous and start our big trip before we'll froze in the south, but we're having so much fun in Suky's* home that we just don't really care about the near future. this house is like a new-Zealand tzimmer, but a really good one, and we also get guiding about the native plants, history and Kiwi's* slang which are all in the same priority... we even understand now almost everything they say...
so yesterday we walked around the property and marked the territory with the dog (you know, a small little 100 acres...) and today we had a Little trip to a sleeping volcano right up the house and had an amazing look of the pacific ocean ('till now we saw only the Tasman sea which is in the other side of the island). now we're looking for a car that will make our life much easier but in the mean while we don't care to spend more time in our tzimer... pancakes in the morning and burgers at night and trips around the farm to the bay nearby.
we have nothing else to say, and we are pretty tired, so goodnight.
PS who is our prime minister...?
shoosh and muki*
יום שישי, 13 בפברואר 2009
now i know how it works - you pack your bag, you give a lot of thought to what you're going to take, how many pants and t-shirts, "should i take another one from this? and what if I'll get cold? isn't it summer there? i think i need to by more like this... but i don't have enough place for everything! fuck! and it's too heavy! fuck fuck fuck!". and then you come to hong kong and they solve it all by throwing half of you're stuff away. such good people in hong kong, you should go there too, send them my love... and if you see some hand lotion, tooth paste and a sunscreen - please bring them to me! they're mine! not the hong kong goverment's property, even if they tell you so!!! antishemim kulam ani omeret lachem, ma yesh? az yarinu al kama aravim, big dil (i know its 'deal'...) im hayu yorim til ehad al hong kong hem kvar hayu lokhim lekol haolam et hakrem yadaim , zonot! veod shel dr fisher leor ragish!
lucky me, i had a "havaya metakenet" with the new zealands which decided to go further, and open my big bag just to see i didn't bring any bacterias with me...
you can tell in Israel that the Hezbollah did his revenge - he sent the costume workers around the world against us!
but now I'm here, in this amazing 'hand-made' house, which every view from the window here is like a picture. so i don't have Dr fisher, but i have my Davar and that's what counts.
In the meantime, shachaf, so called davar, or shakof, had spent his last day in Aussie by himself in the big city. He found himself sitting in the Texas Hold'Em Poker's table in the Brisbane casino. and in two hours, while he was showing these amateurs some trick's from the EGPCA, his 100$ turned into 300$! Lucky Shachaf is back in business! tired and happy, he went home, for his bed, and in few hours, he was on the way to the airport, for the big event. and the rest has been said...
So now, we are in our relative's beatiful place, some of us is trying to plan the trip, and the others are trying to fix their jetleg..
hope to update you with some good news and amazing photos ASAP.
may the shwartz be with you
יום שבת, 7 בפברואר 2009
first some new photos, which i think you should look at after you read, or while.., on the following link, enjoy:
since the last time i wrote, a lot had happened.. well, ya... as time is passing by, that what usually happens...
Brisbane, the big city, third after Sydney and Melbourne, which i had to figure what am i gonna do form Jan 18Th, the day we arrived there, till Feb13Th, my flight to NZ - about three weeks.
the first few days we, me, matan and udi, spent together, relaxing in the hostel, drinking beers in the brewery, saying goodbye to our van and exploring the city.
Then i moved t Juliana's place, which she is Eli's friend. she treated me excellent, while joining her lifestyle, an activist, organic, environmental - was very special for me. that included: organic food, few chocks on the garden, documentary film about the west bank + discussion, with humus at her friends. protesting with the Aborigines during Australia day, bicycle as the mine transportation device, and so on...
after joining the wwoof organization, i started looking for a farm for the next wo weeks. after two days I've found myself in a cattle farm, just me and Ian, his dog and a hundred cows herd. we had really good time together, gardening, axing, slashing grass and blackberries with the John Deer tractor that i missed so much from the ostrich farm in ein-gev. having mutual meals with some beer and wine.
on the weekend the family had joined us, and spent together the time ping0pong, horses riding, composting and relaxing.
after one week there, i had to move on, so i went to Ian's friends farm, for the rest of my time. an American/Australian couple with a Swedish guy, that used to sail together for may years, that decided to build up a farm. so that what we are doing! it is very interesting to be in a farm while its been built up, with no farmers. and more over when they don't really know how it is gonna look like. so me and three other Swedish wwoofers helping them. the place works only on solar energy, rain water and human effort!
after making them some eggplant with tehini (=thina)and making good coffee with their espresso machine, i got my spot here, and I'm having good time, thou, we are working pretty hard, but getting some benefits...
so here i am, until Thursday, enjoying my coffee...
can't wait to see Ofer and NZ..
miss you all.
only here i can actually understand how lucky i am.
hope to hear from you soon
next mail will be from the southern island of NZ, so hold on!
shachaf (or shakof, or jakof, or jakob - the way my name been pronounce here..)
יום ראשון, 25 בינואר 2009
i don't want to sound like a little girl, or like a poor boy that consider everything going around him self (like i usually do...), but i feel like this storm is chasing us;
we had rain everywhere, including the sunshine coast...! and its summer now. (and i don't want to hear all these talking about tropical weather..monsoons... - summer need to be sunny and clear!).
so, what i had so far(probably not all and not in the right timeline): ...
after the sailing we went north to cairns. saw the Australia movie, dived two times in the great barrier reef. woke up in the flood to our knees, and wanted to go north, but we just couldn't, so we tried south, but it was flooded too. so, after another night in cairns, and another on the highway, we managed some how to escape out from the storm. or at least we thought that we did..
so many strange animals lives here, beside those that we all know, so i wouldn't tell here about each one.
so we continued our way to the big city Brisbane, stopping here and there.
about all the adventures that going on here i will tell later, when i will have more time and upload the relevant photos...
for now, you can see some here:
soon i will be volunteering in a farm that i need to find, for the next three weeks until my flight to NZ.
so keep on touch, because most of you aren't showing much action in this blog, and don't tell me its boring... - you can make it not!!!
new ideas will be happily accepted
that all for now
i wish i could give you some of the rain that falling here... that not fair...
יום חמישי, 8 בינואר 2009
hello my dear friends...
the title of this letter is my main thing here, while you are driving, and believe me, it isn't as simple as it seems...
I got this moto thanks to uncle Phill (just an Aussie old man that we met in one of the hostel)
a lot of beer was drank since the last time I wrote here, so I'll try to do my best.
we are now three Israelis on our wicked van, since we met Udi in the koala's hospital in 'Port sheker kolshehu', and he joined us for the rest of our trip in the van.
I'll try not to use names of places that would say nothing for you,that you'll wonder if I'm still in Australia(that usually happens with letters from hutzla'aretz)
we are just heading north, hitting the gas paddle, while stopping in the best points, for a day or two, or even just for a '4/5$ domino's large pizza'(which is about 13 shekels!!! it's hard not to..)
We had three days in Byron bay, which brings many tourist to its wonderful beaches (and we got a ticket for camping on the street..).
then we went to Nimbin which is a very small Hippies town, and there I realized that hippie means someone that smokes drugs all his life!..and not just a happy and peaceful person..oh, one the way there we had rain that wouldn't be smaller than the Mabul Noah had with the Teiva!
Tweed Heads is a nice city that divided between the two 'states' New South Wales and Queensland, and the important thing is that on is using summer-clock, and the other not, so there is one street with two times zones!!
another two days in Noosa, that we built up Hakot for ourselves, and were fishing us a great dinner.
Fraser island is the biggest sand island in the world.
only with 4X4. we went for three days with four south koreanim, one Irish couple and us - three Israelis. (and that for its self was interesting...) it was great adventure for its difficult driving paths, hot plain sand, 80km/h high-way on the beach sand(only when its low-tide(?)(=shefel), sharks, rays, turtles, dingos, freeze bee, 'burgers in the storm' dinner - big times!
on our way north, we stopped in a city that famous by its Rum distillery - a smell that I just can't forget (maybe only when I eat my Domino's...)
I'm writing to you from Airlie Beach, after two days of sailing in the Whitsundays Islands! group of 74 amazing islands, with white sand, nice corals and colorful fishes!just relaxing on the yacht catching some tan (or rain...) snorkeling and beering(=a new word that i just made up (i think) for drinking beer).
that pretty much all for now..
we are continuing heading north till Cairns and some more.
hope the monsoons wouldn't make too much troubles..
i stil didn't decided what to do with my hairy stuff around my hear, so if you got any opinion - tell me
-shave it all /
-let it grow /
-only beard /
-only hair /
-only safam /
-all of the above...
last album that I've put:
I'll put some more soon(bli neder..)
sorry for not replying for most of you
love you all