New Zealand

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  • Day219

    Laundry Day

    January 8 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 77 °F

    Yesterday afternoon I helped one of the local hashers set trail for last night's hash run. We started and finished at Boyes Beach on Lake Orakeka. What a beautiful area of native bush and hilly climbs. Afterwards, Xerox and I went to a Hasher couple's home near X's place. We had a great time.

    Today, I really had to do laundry, so that was the first thing. It's all hung out to dry now, so I'm taking a cool dip in the lake.

    So long [for now] and thanks for all the fish. ✌️
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  • Day227

    Hanging Out

    January 16 in New Zealand ⋅ 🌧 64 °F

    We stayed the night in Tauranga and made it back to Rotorua around 10:00 this morning. After a little lunch, we're now just lounging around the house.

    I found out this morning that there are Canadian geese here, which must migrate down. Cool, but now there's goose poop all over the yard. 😂

    So long [for now] and thanks for all the fish. ✌️Read more

  • Day249

    Laundry & Packing

    February 7 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 66 °F

    Well, I made across Cook Strait without anyone throwing up on me. One close call from a kid, though. It was a rough crossing. I was planning to drive north until dark, then pull over to sleep in the campervan before finishing the 450 km drive. Turns out, since I rested so well on the rocking ship, I drove all the way through without any issues and very little traffic. So, I got to sleep in a proper bed last night at Xerox's. Yay!

    I was up early this morning to start cleaning up the van, do laundry, and pack for my flight tomorrow morning. I also got a new pair of Reef jandals (a.k.a. sandals, flip-flops, not-underwear-thongs, etc.). Don't ask me why they're call jandals in NZ; no one seems to know.

    After putting on laundry, I took the van for a fill up and swung by the hospital to see Jubes, the one who owns the van, the one who broke her leg, and the one who beat me here because hospital flew her home. She's as well as can be for someone who will spend the next two months in hospital. Ugh.

    I just got back and am doing laundry. A little later this afternoon I'm supposed to meet up with more Hashers I haven't seen yet. If that goes the way the past week has, then my packing may not be fully done when my taxi collects me at 02:30 in the morning. Yikes!

    So long [for now] and thanks for all the fish. ✌️
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  • Day236

    Hanging Out With My Buddy

    January 25 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 68 °F

    The cat is skittish but so very friendly, purry, and funny. When you stop petting him, he reaches out to get you to start again.

    So long [for now] and thanks for all the fish. ✌️

  • Day71

    Hobbiton Movie Set

    March 14, 2018 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

    Ja, ich habs gewagt, ich hab mich unter den eingefleischten Herr der Ringe FANS heute gemischt. Anders als ich, die vermutlich schon mehrfach den Epos gelesen und unzählige male die Trilogie von Anfang bis zum schluss sahen.
    Ganz ehrlich - weiss nicht mehr wie oft ich dabei eingeschlafen bin 🤣
    Zufälliger weise heisst der Farm Besitzer genauso wie ich und das heutige Movie Set war ursprünglich die Alexander Farm. Find ich mal sehr cool 😄😁
    Ja, es war sehr touristisch und Ja, es war massenabfertigung!
    79 NZD hatte mir der Spaß gekostet, für eine geführte Tour, was es letzendlich aber auch wert war. Man durfte einiges über den Dreh der Hobbits erfahren und auch so manche Panne am Set.
    Bim jetzt in Rotorua und man kann schon den Schwefelgeruch (wie faule Eier) überall wahrnehmen. Die gegend hier ist Geothermisch, ähnlich wie Island. Morgen steht der Redwood Treewalk auf dem Programm. Nach soviel gefahren Kilometer freu ich mich schon wirklich auf ein bißchen Walken. 😊
    See you tomorrow 🤗✌
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