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The little things 😊 Having a good chill time in lovely and rainy Bac Son. I have not met a single traveler within the last 40 hours and I realize how much I love solo traveling, but how important talking to people is to me. . . . . . . . . . . #nature #northernvietnam #bacson #langson #rain #trees #solotravel #solotraveler #treezontour
Honestly, I am in love with this shot 😍 . . . . . . . . . . . . #nature #bird #waterfall #thailand #asia
You don't need to speak the same language to connect with people and make a friendship. This lovely gentleman saw me walking by in Hai Phong, Vietnam, called me to come over to him and sit down. So I did. We were sitting quietly, sharing a cigarette, looking at the people passing by... then he looked at his watch and I noticed the glass was broken. "Oh no, it's broken." i said pointing at his wrist. He gave me a slightly angry look and said: "Yes! No good! China! No good!" I looked at my own watch which is full of water, took it off, turned it upside down and there it was "Made in China". We looked at each other and bursted out laughing. Moment so perfect that it almost made me cry. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #vietnam #vietnamese #asia #people #friends #thelittlethings #madeinchina #treezontour
I have never seen so many crazy sunrises and sunsets like in Asia. It's mindblowingm . . . . . . . . . . . #sunset #thailand #maehongsonloop #naturephotography #treezontour #nofilter
Love all these asian creatures ❤ . . . . . . . . . . . . . #asia #butterfly #thailand #southeastasia #nature #naturephotography #nofilter #maehongsonloop #treezontour
Walking around and just bumping into random places is the best. One of the most beautiful temples I've seen both in Myanmar or Thailand 😍 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #thailand #maehongson #maehongsonloop #temple #colors #bluesky #travel #treezontour

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Oamaru, the largest town in Otago (South Island), is a lovely place to spend one or two days. It’s definitely one of the most unique places I’ve visited in NZ so far. Do you wonder why? Oamaru is in the Guinness Book of World Records for the greatest collection of steampunk in the world and the local gallery Steampunk HQ was in 2012 rated as one of the best NZ’s places to visit. Yes, I do like steampunk. But even my friends, who weren’t really sure what steampunk is, loved it. So there must be something about it! 😀

Steampunk HQ

This art gallery and exhibition is simply a heaven. I was very excited about visiting the place and wasn’t disappointed at all. Exactly opposite. Steampunk HQ has been opened since November 2011 and has gathered an amazing collection of art. There are many sculptures, two darkened rooms with audio-visual installations, yard with industrial projects and The Portal, a light machine, that “transports you to other alternate realities. It is the Steampunk HQ Space-time travel gateway. It is the most hi-tech device still operational in the building. It was carefully preserved by the SPHQ time travel officers – it was their only means of returning to other worlds. You will be transported to places unknown…” The Portal was fantastic and it was so beautiful inside. The kind of place you just want to stay forever in 🙂

While you walk around the town, you will notice that most of the streets are named after rivers in England. Oamaru has even a steam train, running in Sundays between two small railway stations. In the streets and the picturesque limestone houses, you can spot many small boutiques, museums, galleries, cool shops, bakeries, antiques and bookshops.

For me and my friends, it’s been a couple of days of eating pasta and canned food and we dreamt of fish and chips and burgers. This is the reason why you should ALWAYS ask the locals for a piece of advice. The simply know the best. How happy we were to be sent to The Galley, a sweet steampunk (yay!) café by the beach.

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As I told to my friend: “If I won’t like the next city, I would go back to Oamaru.” ❤

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