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Somehow, unbeknownst to me, 2 months have passed since we arrived in New Zealand. 2 whole months. It's July? It's hard to believe how much has happened in those 2 months and how much I've learnt so I thought I would share with you what I've learnt so far on this adventure.
1. Moving abroad isn't as scary as you think it's going to be
Don't get me wrong, it's a big deal. There will be ups and downs. I've had them, Livvy has had ...
... we were constantly negotiating hot and cold currents. The next day we visited a local Mauri village. It seems a Mauri village not so far away had mastered the art of living with the geysers and the steam baths, using it for heating, cooking and healing properties. Still a living village we visited and even got to see them perform a haka, although I must add the one the all blacks perform is a bit more intimidating. After a lovely drive through the ...
... Tidbits from today: -The Japanese love new cars and turn them over in 2-3 years. All their used cars are sent to New Zealand ( we saw a big container boat coming in), were they are very happy to buy them. Particularly if they are good on gas ( which is $12 a gallon!) -when you are on a tour with this demographic, we take a lot of bathroom breaks! Today we stopped in the Roxy Theater...their movie theaters are very charming and often have really nice cafés and restaurants in ...
... a few minutes later a biker was chatting to me as he wanted to know all about my walk! Niki said she cant leave me alone for 5 mins!
Further down the hairpin bend mountain road we had spotted a little walk to a waterfall so we went to investigate. It turned out to be so beautiful but was only a 10 minute walk! I loved the views of the volcanoes, proper volcano shapes, a triangle sticking up on a vast plain with the top chopped off! The area is wild ...
... tomorrow - happy birthday Rhona.
A good dinner, washed down with some more Hawkes Bay (Jo's is a BYO), including the late harvest which Pohiri had bought. An excellent accompaniment to the desserts.
After the dinner, we left the 3 Cairds to spend some quality time together. Actually it was also excuse for us to do the same thing!
We leave for South Island on the 8 o'clock ferry tomorrow, so off to bed.