Northern, Southern Hemisphere!

Trip Start Apr 21, 2010
Trip End May 31, 2010

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Flag of New Zealand  , North Island,
Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Big day for the Kropz! Started out on our way heading north, and stopped for lunch in world famous Monganui for fish and chips... or shall I say "fush n chups". And let me tell you... they really were effin delicious. The fish fell apart like chicken, and it was incredibly delicious. Even though when you want ketchup, you get a small tuna tin of 'tomato sauce', but it’s forgivable because it still tastes like yum. Oh. And let’s just have a quick chat about the beer. Montieths Radler. Light, crisp, and lemony goodness. DAMN. I mean, I’m not a hypocrite to our delicious, wholesome Canadian brew, but... to you New Zealand. To you.

So after our delicious fush n chup feast, we got back on the road to Cape Reigna, which is the northernmost point of New Zealand. There’s a big lighthouse, and a sign that points to major cities, depicting how many kilometers it is to where we are. And low and behold, there’s a marker for good ol’ Vancouver, 11,222km away from Cape Reigna. COOOOLLLL. I’m far away from home. It was quite amazing actually. This is actually the spot where the Tasman Sea and Pacific Ocean meet. So there’s an area in the water where the waves are hitting right up against one another, and that’s where they meet. Apparently this is a hostile meeting, because there’s a lot of crashing, and splashing, and geyser effects that shoot up from the middle of the water. I wish I could say something witty and silly about it, but it’s absolutely powerful and breathtaking to see mother nature work like that. Absolutely aweing.

After taking ridiculous and hilarious photos of us with the lighthouse (of course... would you expect any less from us?), we headed back down, and stopped inTe Kao where Shenan FORCED me to shove Hokey Pokey ice cream down my word hole. Now. Let’s pause again for a moment. Hokey Pokey ice cream. These little NZ bastards have been keeping this treat to themselves for FAR too long. It is a disgusting shame that we have not taken this and tried to pass it off as our own mouth-orgasm inducing confectionary. Because it is the greatest ice cream that has graced this earth of ours. Little nuggets of toffee just hiding cheekily in rich vanilla creamy yumyums. Ohhhhh.... Okay. I need to stop thinking about it.

Then we hit up Ninety Mile Beach, where we actually got to bloody DRIVE onto the beach, much to Shenan’s discomfort. LOL It was pretty scary a few times. But we got out, and had a great time frolicking in the tide. It’s just amazing, nothing but beautiful sandy beach, picturesque and tranquil, as far as you can see. And Amber got to remember that REAL LIVING things live in the ocean, as evidence by the creepy tenticles climbing up through the sand at her feet.

Great meal on the way back in Monganui  (these guys even do PIZZA better than us!? WTF? Roast chicken with cashews, brie and mushrooms? NOM NOM!).

OH. And we’ve finally had the “Accent Barrier” affect us. While driving and talking about the coming week’s adventures.... well, let’s just play this out like this. The following was what I heard of our conversation in the car.

AMBER: .... when we go Zorbing in Rotorua...

SHENAN: Oh, have you got a pig?

AMBER: Um.... what?

SHENAN: A pig. Have you got a pig?

AMBER: A pig? Why would I need a pig?

SHENAN: For your clothes. You know. They’ll get wet.

AMBER: .... WHAT? What about a pig?

SHENAN: Do... you... have... a... pig?


SHENAN: To hang your undies on if they get wet!

AMBER: ???? OOOOHHHH!!!!! A PEG!!!! OH MY GOD. I thought you said PIG.

(SFX: Hysterical tear-inducing laugher for a full 15 kilometers.)

Yup. They talk funny downunder.

So now I’m sipping a wine while I share my adventure. He’s feeding me blue vein cheese on crackers with olives right now. Yup. BIG TIME DIRTY FIGHTER. I’m keeping him.  SEU! (BTW. I heard that it snowed in Medicine Hat recently.. that’s a shame.... *snicker*) Arohanui!
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