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Wednesday, May 26th, 2004

We leave for Rarotonga tonight, so it may be a while until you guys hear from me again! After there we go to Tahiti for a day and then I think we are in LA around June 8. I am also hoping to stop home in Michigan before going back to New York.

We ate Oporto again last night and for lunch today. It is THAT GOOD!

In the guidebook it says there are so many avocados and coconuts in Rarotonga that they feed them to pigs. Awesome!

See you later!!!

A pic to remember NZ by! (I think this is outside Taupo)

Get Me Out of Here

Tuesday, May 25th, 2004

Still stuck in Auckland. We call every day to try to get on an earlier flight, but they are booked.

So now we really are leaving tomorrow at around 7 pm. I am excited to go to a new place, and Rarotonga will be awesome. (I found a neat website.

So…yesterday we planed to take a short ferry to the volcano island, but it was pouring rain all day. So we got a day pass for the bus and went to Kelly Tarlton’s Antarctic something or other. It had a replica of the explorer Scott’s hut and a walk-under aquarium. The one in Sydney was MUCH better so we weren’t impressed, unfortunately. The best part was when a little ride (A Snow Cat, like they use in the Arctic) goes thru their penguin enclosure. The penguins were awesome! But other than that, it wasn’t that great.


So we rode back and ate Oporto chicken burgers again. (For the third time. God, it is good.) I don’t even remember what else we did. Went back to the hostel, did laundry for probably the last time….

Then today we went to the wharf to cruise to the volcano, but it didn’t really sound that interesting. Sounded like it didn’t even look or feel like a volcano once you got there. So we took a very short ferry to the north shore (included on the day bus pass) and walked around for a while then came back and ate at a food court. They have great food courts here and they are everywhere and you know there will be Chinese, Japanese, Fish & Chips, Indian, Thai and more represented. They are great for us since Jim loves sushi and I hate it and I love Indian and Jim is sick of it.

So that’s about it, not much interesting to say.

In Rarotonga, there won’t be much net access and it will be expensive, so don’t expect much from me, unfortunately. Just hope I don’t get killed by a falling coconut (don’t laugh-it’s a real danger!)

See you later alligators!

Stuck in Auckland

Monday, May 24th, 2004
Jim and I decided we were ready to leave Auckland tomorrow for Rarotonga and we called Air NZ to change the tickets and they said nothing is available any sooner. So we are stuck here for TWO MORE DAYS!! ... [Continue reading this entry]

Rotorua and the North

Saturday, May 22nd, 2004
Argh, again frustrated at the lack of internet access (sometimes it is just Jim not letting me go. Heh.) So we got to Rotorua, Jim went on his rafting trip, and the rest of the day we took it easy. ... [Continue reading this entry]

Stinky Rotorua

Wednesday, May 19th, 2004
Last night we went to a quiz night at a local pub and there was a quiz on famous faces--name them and split $150 with your team. Jim and I kicked butt and knew every person except 3 rugby ... [Continue reading this entry]

North Island quitters

Monday, May 17th, 2004
In Kaikoura, Jim signed up for the dolphin swimming and I signed up just to watch, since I am not "confident" in the water and it is stinkin' cold. The next morning we got up early to go and ... [Continue reading this entry]


Thursday, May 13th, 2004
So we left Nelson after a day and went to Blenheim, without any real idea of what to do. We didn't kayak or do anything at the Abel Tasman park, mainly because we couldn't get excited for it. ... [Continue reading this entry]

Carving Bone

Monday, May 10th, 2004
We are currently in Nelson, the second biggest city on the south island. I am not ashamed to say that we were starving after the 4 hour drive and dying for McDonalds or Burger King. The town we ... [Continue reading this entry]

I Walked on a Glacier

Sunday, May 9th, 2004
Well, I can now say that I walked on a glacier. Big whoop! It is one of only 4 glaciers that are next to, um, temperate rainforests or something. In the world. The two here are ... [Continue reading this entry]

Australia – Final Tally

Sunday, May 9th, 2004
BEST thing: Sydney and snorkeling on the reef. Also, OPORTO BONDI BURGERS!! WORST thing: The fact that every deadly insect and animal is in Australia and even in the cities. (i.e., funnel spider). Enormous spiders and insects are ... [Continue reading this entry]