“Hurihia to aroaro ki te ra tukuna to atarangi kia taka ki muri i a koe.”
An old Maori proverb meaning -turn your face to the sun and the shadows fall behind you. I felt like that, when I left from snowy Finland to sunny New Zealand.
As my work carried me there in year 2013, Hamilton tattoo convention to be accurate, I was more than happy. I got a chance to touch the face of traditional Maori tattoo culture, and also stay in Raglan, piece of heaven on earth.
It is no fancy pants tourist attraction, it is more like locals own jewelry you want to treat with respect. It was perfect weeks for me. You woke up early, take the kids play on the shore, went to ocean, and tattooed a bit. Simple life, simple things, things for the nature.
But as for a surfer, Raglan is a wonderful spot. I was actually a bit unsure, do I want to tell about my secret crush within this place. I do, but not the whole story of all magnificent places. Some places are just for those who wander, and travel with respect. By that I mean, that you respect the locals, don’t be loud and noisy, trash the place, and be silly and cocky traveler. No matter where you go. And some places are ment to be found, not guided into.
New Zealand gave us lot among those beautiful waves: I met this Finnish surfer lady Anna on the sea, and her other half Vince, and a wonderful tattooer Aja and her husband while working there. Friendship is the most precious gift one can have.