a stinky hotel internet connection here in rotorua, nz equals a blast of photos and a few short words...as many as the connection will allow me to muster before i get kicked off!
snippets of things learned thus far:
wool roving here in nz is a wool sliver.
nz is pronounced "EN-ZED", not "EN-ZEE".
scallops are "SKALL-ups" not "skALups".
baylor is in love with the ninja turtles.
my insect-bite allergy still works here. (eyeroll) (thank you, alavert!)
mcdonalds has healthy menu options outside of america.
rubbish, nappies, toilets, tomato sauce, lollies =
(trash, diapers, bathroom, ketchup, sweets/candy) in that order.
i miss rootbeer.
wear red poppies for Anzac day (coming on Friday 25 april...I'll be wearing mine! will you?) in support of those men and women who sacrifice for their country, and the many others who love them who are left behind: they are just as brave and courageous! thank you one and ALL.
anything by Arnotts and you can't go wrong.
i actually CAN survive without using a curling iron or blowdryer.
mapreading skills come in handy, nay, crucial. dude. i could SO do the Amazing Race. now i KNOW it. except the eating gross crap part. i'd shove that off on my partner. ;)
i am only a surfer in my mind. my body no longer agrees.
and yet i battle on...
world renowned manu beach in raglan
baylor carries "the map" everywhere. it's of raglan. we're in rotorua now.
where is the hotel, you say? oh, find ward street, you say? no worries. he's got a map, yeah. sweet as.
navigator on the left, driver on the right
makes an american couple
the farrer girls ready themselves for a sled down the mountain via luge in rotorua
emily walks ivy along the seawall in auckland
olivia careens through the luge course
the wind fights back in auckland
my favorite little discovery of all, so far.
along a steep path up a mountainside from the beach,
someone, somewhere, sometime
stopped their ascent and sat to weave
together these grasses, still living, still growing;
a little treasure.
i miss home, but adore this land. we look forward to travelling to wellington in the morning! hope to be back soon with more.....