Weekly Photo Challenge: Winter

I am so stoked to be living in the four-seasons climate again. I was so crushed to have missed the first snowfall. My colleagues didn’t get it. As a cold weather girl, winter is a wonderful season of holidays, family and friends, and snow. Oh, snow.

This picture embodies my perfect winter.Taken on the top of one of the trails in Whistler, Canada. Snowboarder is my cousin, looking like he is saying, “Oh my god. I have to go down that??” He was actually also taking a photo of the view. 

This is one of my favourite photos. I actually use this as a signature photo now. It was an earlier instance that boosted my confidence in photo taking.

Reminiscing the land o’ Kiwis

I rarely repeat countries/destinations for my vacations. I believe there is too much of the world to see to double up trips if I can avoid doing so. Of course, factors such as places being on the way, time, and geography have to be accounted for in that philosophy.

I have made a huge exception of New Zealand. I feel in love with the country from the start. Culturally, it is not exotic, being a land of largely immigrants. They do have a significant indigenous Maori population which I found fascinating and rather well integrated into the country’s heritage.

What appealed to me was the sheer untrampled nature the islands offer. Its history and location makes it home to some of the Earth’s unique geological sites. Where sheep outnumber human citizens, the country is largely untouched. New Zealand’s advantage of being a developed nation too puts it in a well-postured position to protect its ecological treasures.

In my last trip, I  focused on skiing in Queenstown. I maximised my time there, squeezing in some sightseeing, a lot of shopping, and a seemingly endless supply of wine-tasting. However, I never lost sight of why I was there- to ski.

I am gearing up to go back for a long drive around both North and South Islands. It will be a whirlwind trip and I’m scrambling to still prioritise my itinerary. Three weeks is long, but perhaps not long enough to see as much as I wish to. While I don’t need to psych myself up anymore than I already am, I can’t help looking at my pictures from my first trip and thinking if that trip is any indicator, how wonderful this next one will be.

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