Ka u ki Matanuku
Ka u ki Matarangi
Ka u ki tenei whenua
He kai mau te ate o te tauhou.
I arrive where an unknown earth is under my feet,
I arrive where a new sky is above me,
I arrive at this land,
A resting-place for me.
O spirit of the earth! The stranger humbly offers his heart as food for thee.
– Māori traveller’s prayer
I love to travel: whether it be along a new bus route, or to a place where I am the darkest-skinned person within a hundred mile radius.
Growing up as an immigrant in another man’s land accustomed me to being the odd one out in a crowd; but my parents’ encouragement to go out and see what the world offered taught me not to let that stop me from exploring the weird and wonderful destinations available.
I have found that I produce a lot of work when travelling: whether that’s because I have done most of it on my own or because the fresh air stirs the imaginative juices, I’ll never know.
An interesting development occurred when I made my first trip to New Zealand in 2003 – I ended up emailing a small group of friends and family, tales of my adventures!
This was a big deal for me as I’m the kind of person who returns from a trip holding postcards I intended to post: and being the shameless person I am, would happily hand them over to their intended recipients (sometimes with a blank back).
I’d be interested in your opinions on my travel writing as it has been something I have enjoyed doing, and would appreciate your feedback on developing my writing style in this area.
Post entries under this section
- New Zealand ’03: A Departing Letter
- New Zealand ’03: October 12, 2003
- New Zealand ‘03: October 17, 2003
- New Zealand ‘03: October 19, 2003
- New Zealand ‘03: October 24, 2003
- New Zealand ‘03: October 25, 2003
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- Feelgood Festival
- Great Barrier Island
- Day Trip To Hanmer Springs
- Siena Trip: the Duomo
- Fish Out Of Water
- Weekly Photo Challenge: Community
- Glacier Country
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AUTHOR: I am might war. I have a love of music, the written word, travel, Anime, polar bears, people and “sticking and colouring”.