Trip Start Jul 19, 2011
38Trip End Ongoing
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Where I stayed
Paihia Bay of Islands,
What I did
Kauri viewing and almost swam with Dolphins
Neutral Fans. I am getting used to the idea of not having a team to support and it does have it's advantages. Firstly, I managed to sell three tickets for the France Wales semi and got back $1000. (Still ran a loss of $900 on the purchase price.) This is the one thing RWC got massivley wrong, the ticket prices. All the quarter finals, and both semis had empy seats; and all the empty seats were in the expensive categories. One newspaper has made a bit of it, but I am surprised there has not been more; there were even some final tickets still on sale on Saturday from RWC; I reckon they misjudged the corporate/hospitality demand for which they double the prices. eg. $1600 a head. The Black market here consists of fans who have been ripped off trying to get some of their money back. Second advantage is: You can change sides half way though a game. I started off supporting France, but they were so dire, and Wales so unlucky and full of fight (Bugger that was hard to say) I had to start shouting for Wales. Anyway, they have probably been the team of the tournament in many ways; but I will get over it and shout for the wallabiews on Friday. I will have to go for the ABs in the final; NZ have put on a great tournament and Kiwis have been fantastic.
Dophins. Last week saw us travel through Northland and look at the Kauri forest - amazing trees - and stay in the Bay of Islands. We booked to swim with Dolphins, but unfortunately, they were not up for playing, though we did get a 4 hour boat ride and saw them swimming around.
Great Barrier. Giuli and I are going ovewr to the Great Barrier Island this after noon which is where Roger has his patch of land, and stay with Bruce and Cilla his neigbours. Magical place and exciting flight over there. Mum might need her pink pills!