I started writing these lines from (very) laidback Happy Tongatapu island, in Nuku’alofa, the capital city of the small kingdom of Tonga which is the home of 100,000 inhabitants in total, a good proportion of which is traveling or living elsewhere just to make sure their island is the true paradise! I believe I found … Continue reading À la Recherche des Maoris (9): multicolored true Pacific (Suva-Nuku’alofa) HAPPY 2018!
À la Recherche des Maoris (8): shades of Paradise (Wellington-Suva)
Some people go to Fiji for its white sandy beaches, crystal clear sea,coral diving, fishing and volcano climbing...all kinds of luxury hotels enjoyments ...Had I had more time, I would no doubt have gone to all those wonderful places and did my fair share in my 5 days on Paradise Islands. However, Fiji was merely … Continue reading À la Recherche des Maoris (8): shades of Paradise (Wellington-Suva)
À la Recherche des Maoris (7): Memory Lane (New Plymouth-Wellington)
If I take one more step it will be the furthest away from home I’ve ever been (Samewise Gamgee), yet Not all who wander are lost (Gandalf) You’re leaving Taranaki, said the panel...and this is what the next one asked! In my quest for Native People and Cultures, I'm about to leave temporarily the lovely … Continue reading À la Recherche des Maoris (7): Memory Lane (New Plymouth-Wellington)
À la Recherche des Maoris (6): The nostalgic cosmo-musical alibi (Auckland-New Plymouth)
I know Cat Stevens is now Yusuf Al-Islam and he even explained the course of his life from Shaftesbury Avenue as a half Cyprus-Greek half Swedish British kids with "lots of pimples and a handsome elder brother"... not that he encountered much interest from the Kiwi audience when he explained his redemption despite their profound … Continue reading À la Recherche des Maoris (6): The nostalgic cosmo-musical alibi (Auckland-New Plymouth)
À la Recherche des Maoris (5): Finally in Aotearoa (Honolulu-Auckland)
After my rather eventful "faux-départ" from Honolulu I was hoping for an uneventful arrival in New Zealand! I let you judge from my photos and scarce comments as I am seeing and collecting so much data that I feel the urge to share at least my pictures and initial impressions! Comfortably seated in a premium … Continue reading À la Recherche des Maoris (5): Finally in Aotearoa (Honolulu-Auckland)
À la Recherche des Maoris (4): an eventful journey into indigeneity (Honolulu-Kona)
Les voyages sont rarement un long fleuve tranquille: My peaceful journey to the Big Island took an adventurous turn at times yet was humanly rich and promising.
À la recherche des Maoris (3): fifty shades of Green (San Francisco-Honolulu)
I thought I was going to have one Hawaii entry for both O’ahu and Hawaii Big Island, but since they are so different and as I had a bit of time prior to my flight from Honolulu (on Oahu island) to Kona (on Hawaii aka The Big Island), I thought I should update you and … Continue reading À la recherche des Maoris (3): fifty shades of Green (San Francisco-Honolulu)
À la recherche des Maoris, a wandering trip (2): London-San Francisco, a Chinese immersion
The second stop on my Maori search trip was pure friendship and family oriented but each trip holds some surprises and golden nuggets!!
À la Recherche des Maoris, a wandering trip (1): Geneva-London
Some of you have asked me for updates on my sabbatical trip... here's chapter one and hopefully there should be one for each stop providing the availability of wifi connections! In this issue I : Revisit the reasons for this endeavour; Review some preliminary steps of this journey; Give my moments of this London cultural week in London Let's start with my reasons for undertaking such a long trip away from my beloved children, family and friends.