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... is my greatest worry
- it makes me bilious to say it, but blood sausage does taste good
- Europe is insanely expensive, dunno how they exist
- signs of unemployment and economic hardship in the EC are hidden from tourist view
- AirB&B is price related, not luxury related, accommodation
- police look like children playing with assault rifles bigger than they are
See you next time - Greek Islands I think!
... at what was supposed to be a beautiful beach. Quite honestly, I reckon Bognor Regis is nicer. It was a bit pebbly and not that sandy. There was a big bag of snorkelling gear and two kayaks to explorer the beach and lagoon. Glen faffed for ages trying to find his correct flipper size and a decent mask. So Dais and I just pulled the first ones out to maximise the fun times. I got a size 5 flipper and she got a size 6. I'm a size 5 and a half but they usually give ...
... in there but it was just me! I got up and read my book for a bit in the car with the door open watching Bobby and Chris play kick-about. All of a sudden Bobby keeled over clutching his ankle. I didn't jump up straight away as I thought he was just being melodramatic but when he didn't get back up we all realised that he might actually be injured!
Johanna, the amateur physiologist, quickly got his foot bound up and raised up but you could ...
... from several Maori tribes have a ceremony on the beach and then all climb into their wakas and paddle off up the river. Despite the weather it was worth going to see - we felt very sorry for many of the Maori taking part, who were wearing traditional dress, which amounts to not nearly enough clothes for that sort of weather! You could see some of the boys' teeth chattering from quite some distance away. Nevertheless they persevered with the ceremony ...
... mention of sovereignty over the land. Our guide seeks to explain how sovereignty over the land would not make sense to the Maori as they don't see themselves as owning land. We later discover that they seem to have worked this out as they own various lakes and and mountains in Taupo.
Anyway, the land is the Maori mother and they are apparently happy to share it with those who turn up providing they follow the rules (Maori style) and don't ...