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  • Day280

    Back to Wellington

    March 10, 2019 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 66 °F

    After finally getting checked in yesterday, I continued reading my book until everyone got back. Then they began showing me their pictures and saying how tired they were. I have no doubt they were tired after tramping 19.4 kilometers up and down hill. The pictures were stunning though. It will be terrific to do it with Helen in two years.

    I finished my book in bed and was probably up later than anyone else, but the mattress was terrible and I woke up every hour and a half or so. I finally got out of bed at 05:30 or so. Breakfast was leftover dinner and phone call home to Mom and Dad. Very nice.

    We left at 08:00 bound for Wellington, completing my Stray loop of the North Island. We didn't drive straight though though.

    Our first stop was in Taihape to partake in the town's gumboot throwing. Gumboots are Kiwi talk for rubber overboots, also called Wellingtons or Wellies. Anyway, they have a "lane" with distance markers every 10 meters. Too funny!

    The second stop was Flat Hills Cafe And Tourist Park in pretty much the middle of nowhere. They had terrific meat pies, though, and a delightful collection of animals including alpacas or maybe llamas. The pig (one of three) was too funny and really liked being pet. The ducks were just sleepy.

    Our third stop was in Bulls, a town infamous for its punny signs and business names. The cops are the consta-bulls. Hahahahaha!!!

    Our final stop was to a lovely little park in Levin. When we pulled up, the driver told us to get out of the bus and go play. Haha. That's where we are now, zip lines, hamster wheels, and swings galore. There's even a miniature train I assume you can ride, but it's in its shed. Nice stop.

    So long [for now] and thanks for all the fish. ✌️
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  • Day4

    27-1 Levin

    January 27, 2019 in New Zealand

    Blij dat ik gisteren gestopt ben, ik heb nu tenminste wind tegen én motregen.😥
    Maar o.k. de wind is wel een stuk minder. Ik volg de coastal fietsroute. Best prima, tot ik opeens letterlijk op de snelweg sta onder een bordje "einde". Jemig wat een halzen. Ik schakel over op "vermijd de snelweg zo veel als mogelijk route" en heb bij vlagen best iets leuks te pakken, soms ook net Nederland (inclusief weer) en soms bloedstollend eng als ik over de bere drukke snelweg moet én over een brug: exit vluchtstrook dan namelijk. Grrrr.
    Ik had nog wel een uurtje verder gewild, maar geen dik 2, dus ik stop in Levin. Heb ik morgen 44 km te gaan tot een camping aan zee, het schijnt bloedstollend heet te worden. En, weer geen Murphy: het motregent nog steeds.😏 Ik haal fish and chips voor $ 5,30. Daar kan ik zelf niet eens voor koken!
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    Pieter van der Zouwen

    pa, ma en dochter aan de wandel, ja gezellig

    Dirk den Hamer

    Die vind ik leuk zeg! Hoe heten ze?

    Astrid van der Zouwen

    Kuifkwartels. Ik vind het zo leuk dat bij de kuikens de kuif nog de andere kant op wijst

  • Day16

    Sportlicher Zwischenstopp

    December 23, 2019 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    Die Fahrt vom Tongariro National Park nach Wellington wird die längste Strecke sein. Dementsprechend planten wir ein paar kleine Stopps ein, um uns die Beine zu vertreten. Einer davon lag in Levin. Im dortigen kostenfreien Adventure Park gab es nicht nur einen riesen Kinderspielplatz, sondern auch eine Menge Sportgeräte und Übungsparcours für Erwachsene, was wir auf der Fahrt sehr begrüßten.Read more

  • Day1

    Our First Swim of the Season

    December 2, 2017 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

    It seems that others are blogging so we thought we would join in. Whilst our travels might not be as exciting as everyone else's and our taste buds not as adventurous, we thought you might want to know what we do for fun in the Horowhenua.

    Today is the first day our pool is being used for the season. It has taken a while to get it just right but it is now safe and warm - 29 degrees.

    Poppy invited her Jazz Squad over for ice cream and a swim. There are a lot of girls and they make a lot of noise
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    Dimitra Pantazis

    Looking forward to trying it out in a fortnight... hopefully it'll still be 29 degrees...

  • Day25

    Christmas in a Summer Wonderland

    December 26, 2017 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

    We woke up Christmas morning to find Santa had been, delivering us all some magnificent presents. He was terribly generous.

    Poppys favourite gifts were a flamingo soft toy and some books.
    Mercina liked her turnboard and MacBook Air.
    Maria was pleased with her artwork and soft toy giraffe.

    Drove to Wellington for Christmas lunch, stopping to pick up Denny from Raumati along the way. Enjoyed a lovely Christmas Day with the Viatos' of Oriental Bay full of delicious food. Thanks to the cooks Mercina (Yiayia), Dina and Dimitra. Papou was in fine spirits and it was great to have him with us. Highlight was the after lunch nap, enjoyed by all around.

    In the evening, we visited Poppy's Nono and Nona, Peter and Katerina and played cards in a Bares fashion.

    Boxing Day, we visited Anna, John and the twins in the morning. Lunched with Catherine and Terry, before driving home to Levin, stopping briefly at Noel lemmings to pick up the one item Santa had forgotten!

    Looking forward to our trip to Hamilton, beginning tomorrow.

    (1) Gingerbread house made by Poppy.
    (2) Christmas Lunch.
    (3) Christmas Lunch again.
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    Dimitri Viatos

    looks very nice

  • Day2

    Trip to Exotic Climes

    December 3, 2017 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

    Today we decided to travel to the coolest little capital in the world. We packed up our thick coats and left sunny Levin early in the morning. Our first stop was Te Hopai to visit patera. We lunched at Pita Pit where the Wellington Phoenix players also dine (as do the Hurricanes). Following an IT stop at mum's appartment we made our way to the Westpac Stadium to watch the mighty Phoenix trounce the Melbourne Victory. Somewhere along the way, we were sucked into an alternative universe - we actually witnessed the Phoenix throw away a 2 nil half time lead to lose 3 - 2 by full time. Dejected we returned to the little smoke minus Poppy who is staying in Wellington with her god parents tonightRead more

  • Day3

    Monday in Paradise

    December 4, 2017 in New Zealand ⋅ 🌙 18 °C

    It's easy to go to work on a Monday when you live in Paradise. The weather is always warm and you can have a swim in the work pool at lunchtime to cool off. Mercina had a great first day as an official college prefect as they had hand over followed by bowling in Kapiti. She returned to Levin just in time for a quick bite to eat and then it was off to a 3 hour dance rehearsal. I managed to mow the lawns and clean the pool again. The estate is looking pristine again. It's late in the evening and it is still warm here. Time for a dip in the pool.Read more

  • Day21

    Acrobatic Antics

    December 22, 2017 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

    Hello, Poppy here. Last night Mercina and I had a lot of fun stretching and doing acro tricks on the lawn. We worked on tumbling, flexibility, jumps and leaps, partnering, and stunt work. I'm getting very close to my side Ariel and Mercina is developing a lot of strength. We had a fun time on the grass that evening. Sorry no pictures to attach but we have some form our dance show. Enjoy!Read more

    Denny Viatos

    Congratulations on your prizes

  • Day29

    Homeward Bound

    December 30, 2017 in New Zealand ⋅ 🌙 15 °C

    Following another hearty breakfast, we left the Tron at 10am bound for the Nua! Mercina and I shared the driving and we managed to upset less people this time as the road was filled with campervans driving slowly instead.

    We stopped at the Museum in Waiouru for lunch and to look at all the poppy themed gifts in the gift shop.

    We made another stop at Flat Hills to play in the maze. Every time I do this, I remember once I am in the middle, that I should really take a water bottle, some food and a long stick as I am hopeless in mazes. As always, Poppy scampered around and solved the maze several times. In the end, I found a long flower and she guided me to my destination while observing from one of the towers.

    It is great to be home again and we look forward to sleeping in our own beds tonight
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