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Trip Start Oct 01, 2007
Trip End May 07, 2008

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Saturday, December 22, 2007

Merry Christmas everybody.

So here we are. The next part of the trip and we landed in NZ at 4.30am on the 21st of December after leaving Santiago on the 19th. Weird losing a day. Almost like flying through a hole in time. As is usual on this trip we met up again with a couple we had met back in Peru and Bolivia and after having our hiking shoes checked by NZ customs (for what I don't know) we sat with Paul and Helen for about 3 hours drinking coffee and chatting until everything opened in the City. We were also secretly glad to have smuggled Lou's miniature birthday cake through too (thanks Sinead).

Auckland city centre is really nice. Plenty of shops cafes and pubs around and all within walking distance from our accomodation. Although it's a lot more Christmassy here than it was in Chile we still haven't been bitten by the bug totally. After a few hours cruising the streets and shopping we headed home for a siesta with the promise of heading out for drinks about 9 ish. Yeah right!! After falling asleep about 6.30 in the evening we didn't wake up again until 6.30 the next morn. Damned Jet Slag. We had a TV in our room and it was playing non stop Crimbo songs all morning. We never knew there was so many Crimbo songs but they just kept coming. It was pretty emotional!! Lou almost lost it when Mariah Carey came on. God bless her cotton socks.

It's weird to be this far away from home (probably the furthest destination) and yet feel kind of at home. South America was so different and the shock of Lima on the first day probably hardened us up enough to breeze through the rest of SA and make New Zealand some what underwhelming in a nice way. It was even more familiar to pick up our Ford Focus 2 litre (nice) and drive on the same side of the road again. Everything just seemed to be so comfortable again. Without sounding like a preacher, it's quite amazing how you learn to live with a lot less material things very quickly travelling through South America. A nice lesson to learn we both agreed but for now it was time to sit back in the comfy sports seats, drink our tall toffee nut latte from starbucks, spit on the peasant hitch-hikers as we passed and see how much poke this two litre petrol engine could give us.

We are only amazing humans beings after all.
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