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  • Day1

    Getting ready to get on the plane to America and I'm pumped for this trip like PUMPED all right
    It's getting parity late and I think dad and my mum and my brother are all ready on the plane to America
    Soon we're going on the plane to America and I'm pumped

  • Day1

    I got my IPad back today! I feel overjoyed! I have a lot of catching up to do...
    Dad went out to do something today and while he was gone TWO packages arrived for him!
    We are yet to put the avocados that we picked a while back, out for sale, but I'm sure we'll do it soon.
    Other than that, not much has happened today.
    Till the next blog entry.
    -Aaron

  • Day1

    Here at home we are getting ready to go. "Omg" that's everything going through my head. Sitting waiting for my family to finish I'm getting board (although I'm writing this) dad is already starting to get grumpy and that's all the attitude I think. Fog outside blocking my view to the beautiful trees so that's it at home.

  • Day149

    Heute begann der Tag mit einem reichhaltigen Frühstück mit Spiegeleiern von Julia zubereitet, Obstsalat und Käseplatte. Danach wurden die Sachen gepackt, ins Auto verstaut und ab ging es Richtung Süden, nach Tauranga, die Stadt mit dem Riesenhafen. Besonders der Bereich am Wasser erinnerte uns stark an eine Küstenstadt in den USA, die Neuseeländer scheinen sich hier ein Beispiel genommen zu haben.

    Wir fuhren direkt zum Mount Maunganui, einem Vulkan, der die Hafeneinfahrt Taurangas überthront und ein phänomenales Panorama bietet. Verschiedene, viel genutzte Wege führen zur Spitze. Wir gingen einmal um den Berg herum und dann von der Wasserseite aus hinauf. 232 Höhenmeter über der Stadt, schauten wir auf verschiedene Inseln, zwei Flughäfen, den Containerhafen, die Surfer und die Wellen und so weiter. Perfekter Sonnenschein zauberte ein Lächeln in unsere Gesichter.

    Ein Paar Tage vorher schauten wir aus Waihi Beach auf den Vulkan, nun war es genau andersherum. Der Blick aus Tauranga ist definitiv spektakulärer.

    Für Stephan war es Tag 1 auf dem Weg zur Bergkatze, die er sehr bald sein wird.

    Nachdem wir auf der Stadtseite den Berg hinunter gingen, machte sich etwas Hunger breit. Auf ging es zum Dönermann, denn Döner hatten wir alle schon lange nicht mehr. Gesagt, getan. Lecker wars.

    Anschließend machten wir uns auf den Weg nach Rotorua, das Zentrum der Geothermik in Neuseeland. Auf dem Weg nahmen wir noch die McLaren-Wasserfälle und die Okere-Wasserfälle mit. Beide waren auf ihre Art stark anzusehen. Wir genossen die Ausblicke auf die Kraft des Wassers.

    Abends hatte keiner mehr Hunger (warum bloß?) und es ging zu unserem Airbnb bei Melanie. Hier hatten wir ein gutes und langes Gespräch über Neuseeland, den Tourismus und nachhaltige Energiegewinnung. War sehr angenehm. Dann ab ins Bett, denn morgen sollte es früh losgehen.
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  • Day235

    Ganz nach dem Motto "we are going on an adventure" haben wir die Zeit an unseren freien Tagen genutzt und sind nach Hobbiton gefahren. Besonders für Steffi von Anfang an ein must-do auf unserer Reise. Von Matamata ging es mit einem Bus und einer zum Glück nur sehr kleinen Reisengruppe auf zum Filmset.
    Die Führung durch das Hobbitondorf dauerte circa 2 Stunden, in denen wir die vielen kleinen Häuser angucken konnten und dazu interessante Informationen rund um den Dreh und die Location dort bekamen. Die sehr detailreich gestalteten Häuschen kann man zum großen Teil nur von außen betrachten, da es ein Inneres meistens gar nicht gibt oder wenn dann im Inneren nichts vorzufinden ist.
    Durch viele Kleinigkeiten, wie Rauch aus den Schornsteinen, Wäsche auf der Wäscheleine und geerntetes Gemüse im Garten, wirkte das gesamte Filmset an vielen Stellen sehr belebt. Vorbei an Bilbos Haus ging es für uns weiter in den Green Dragon, um zum Abschied hier noch ein Bier zu trinken. Ein sehr schöner Ausflug, der sich definitiv gelohnt hat!
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  • Day105

    After some heavy days driving up from the south coast, we reached Papamoa Beach near Tauranga and the Bay of Plenty. We checked into a nice Airbnb, resuming a normal schedule of copious wifi and multiple showers a day. Ahh so much to be grateful for! The weather here is 20-30 degrees Celsius and absolutely beautiful. The incredible beaches are just outside of a mid sized city that buzzes lightly with moderate density, comfortably sprawling outwards in acres of untouched land. Of all of the places in NZ we have visited, this would be a place to move to and call home one day. We went to pickup a MicroSD card from a local store here and had a nice chat with one of the female employees. She was a little bit older but not yet a pensioner, proudly a Kiwi. We got to talking about travelling and where we were from etc. and the fact that we have been in Bali came up. Her tone changed quickly to a fearful note saying that she would never go there after there were bombings in 2002 and 2005. The conversation ended shortly after that, but me being on holidays and full of great coffee took on an endeavour to investigate this fear-based outlook on life to see if it was valid. Beth helped me google some statistics about terrorism and terrorist attacks, and the numbers are absolutely astounding. One article we found was titled 'you are more likely to be fatally crushed by your own furniture than die in a terrorist attack' ....seriously. I don't really watch the news, I read online articles and try to stay out of mainstream propaganda programming as I find that it makes me generally think negatively about the world and is mostly fear based. So below I have copied and pasted some interesting numbers to put things in perspective. Feel free to google this also, it's quite interesting.

    In 2011, 8 Americans died in terrorist attacks worldwide. In that same year 29 people died after being struck by lightning.

    Regarding being killed by a terrorist (based on numbers from USA) you are:

    35,079 times more likely to die from heart disease
    33,842 times more likely to die from cancer
    5,882 times more likely to die from medical error
    1,904 times more likely to die from a car accident
    9 times more likely to be killed by a police officer

    For comparison: According to the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism, only 80 Americans were killed in terrorist attacks from 2004-2013; 36 of those were killed in attacks that occurred in the USA

    From the CDC: from 2001-2013, 406,496 people died by firearms on US soil (incl. homicide, accident, and suicide)
    From US State Department: from 2001-2013, 350 people citizens were killed overseas as a result of incidents of terrorism

    The Fatal Numbers:
    * The odds of being the victim of a shark attack are 1 in 11.5 million worldwide. Although there are 65 annual shark attacks each year, only a handful are fatal. Compared to this, a person is 3 times more likely to drown and 30 times more likely to be hit by lightning.
    * Compared to being killed by a dog, the likelihood of which is 1 in 18 million, a person is twice as likely to win the lottery and 5 times as likely to be struck by lightning.
    * 1 in 8 men and 1 in 24 women over the age of 40 will die from a sudden heart attack, while 1 in 4 men and 1 in 5 women will die from cancer.
    * Worldwide, 1 in about 2,050 people will die each year from unclean water, which carries numerous, life-threatening diseases. Each year, more people die from a lack of clean water than from wars.
    * The chances of being killed in a terrorist attack are about 1 in 20 million. A person is as likely to be killed by his or her own furniture, and more likely to die in a car accident, drown in a bathtub, or in a building fire than from a terrorist attack.
    * The chances a person will be killed by an asteroid are 1 in 200,000, which is much higher than the odds of being killed by hail, which is 1 in 734,400,000.
    * Each year, 1 out of 100,000 people die in a skydiving accident, which is 17 times lower than the risk of dying in a car accident.
    * The odds of dying in a severe storm are 1 in 68,388. A person is more likely to die slipping in his or her bathtub, which occurs at a rate of 1 in 11,469.
    * A person’s chances of dying in an elevator are 1 in 10,440,000. Due to successful elevator brake systems, an elevator has plunged only once—in the Empire State Building in 1945.
    * The lifetime probability of dying in a car accident is 1 in 100, which is 200 times higher than the probability of dying in a plane crash.
    * While 1 out of 5 people fear the possibility of being murdered, the odds that a person will be murdered in any given year are about 1 in 18,690. According to the FBI, violent crime is now at a near-historic low.
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  • Day119

    Our plan to serve a 10 day Vipassana course abruptly changed on day zero of the course. A stark realization hit: that our skills of self sovereignty have not been engendered in the slightest. We went from absolute freedom and togetherness, constantly exploring and waking up somewhere new with another destination or mission at hand, to a strictly regimented timetable of tasks to accomplish and rules to follow, including Sila (which means morality and the according precepts of practicing noble speech, not harming others, eating vegetarian, not sleeping on luxurious beds and wearing appropriate clothes that respect the curvatures of the body). Going from one extreme to the other without creating some mental space and preparedness is like hopping on a plane somewhere not having packed anything at all. We lacked the foresight to predict such a collision of ideals, and it hit us like a brick wall as soon as we got there.
    Once leaving the centre, we sought to drastically rearrange our plans and question everything. We spent a week back in our favourite place, Mount Maunganui, at an Airbnb place that was very much owned by an awkward 12 year old cat who shed her fur as if she had leprosy. Spent most of our days going to the gym, getting coffee, and traversing the never-ending beach in flip flops. During the week, we both concluded that it was time for us to head home. We had exhausted ourselves financially and mentally. Finally having the chance to stay in one place for a while slowed things down enough for us to miss home. We set out so many life affirmations over the course of this trip about how we want to be more balanced in work/life and practice the things we want to practice when we get back. We felt the itch of Vancouver consume us.
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