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... crater bubbles and steams menacingly. A couple of helicopters landed close to the volcano as we walked around. Some visitors fly onto the the island to save time. Them helicopters added to the strange unworldly feel for the place. We were taken to a rhinestone building that was once the sulphur factory that was built in the early 1900s to make fertiliser for the New Zealand farmers. An early factory had been swept away by a volcanic eruption ...
... results. Daryn executed his plan under the guise of 'requiring pickling products' - repeatedly going to Briscoes (home-wear store) and then to the supermarket to buy seemingly endless supplies of jars and then spirit vinegar and sugar. The end result is a lot of pickled asparagus, carrots & green beans, some awesome pineapple-chilly chutney and a number of people (none of whom were part of the 'repeated exposure approach') who are interested ...
I was talking to a colleague about her daughter who wasn't doing what she (mother) wanted her do and she (mum) said in frustration 'she totally rips my undies!!'. Everyone else in the room nodded in sympathetic agreement while I just stared at her in confusion and concern; was this a physical fight which resulting in underwear-pulling/ripping? And if so, might a colleague do this to me if we have a disagreement? Might I need to invest in ...
... enough to move here.
Seeing as how we had so much fun (funny how time dulls the pain) cycling around when we were here last, our first purchase was new hybrid-touring bikes. I won't relive the play-by-play of purchasing the bikes for you, I will just say that for us, it was like Christmas on crack; or at least it was, until we had a fight over who got to put stickers on their bike to tell them apart.
An early start to catch the boat to Whakaari or White island. We caught the boat from Whakatane, taking 1.5 hours to get to the island. White Island is a live marine volcano, it is estimated to be between 100,000 and 200,000 years old.
The island was of course discovered by Captain Cook and he called it white because it looked that way from a distance. It was only later that it was discovered ...