When Sarah and I were in Australia, we met a traveler from Ireland. She was single, in her late 20s, active.
She told us about all the trouble she was having getting other lone travelers to hike with her.
Well, she didn’t actually say “hike.” That’s not the Irish vernacular for “stomping around in the dirt in big boots.” For our Irish buddy, that’s known as “hill walkin‘.”
But, you pair this with an Irish accent, and you get — “hell walkin’.”
So she was probably scaring everyone away with the threat of walking into Beelzebub’s own nature preserve.
Unfortunately, I didn’t get to witness any such mix-ups in New Zealand. There, “hiking”/”hillwalking” is known as — wait for it — tramping! Yes, you and your best friend can spend weeks tramping around New Zealand.
You can make what you will of the phrase Australians use — bushwalking!
“Trekking” is another word that’s common for long-distance hiking. But really, it’s nowhere near as fun as these others.
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