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January 08, 2005


We're at the airport on our way to Auckland and thought I'd spend a minute updating everyone. Again, we had a wonderful time here. The countryside is spectacular and you can really see the Lord of the Rings landscape all around you. The Kiwis are very proud that the movie was filmed here and everyone knows someone that was in the movie and wants to tell you about it. I'll post more later on the details of our time here.

We had a great milestone earlier this week. We couldn't remember what day of the week it was - literally didn't have any idea. That was quite a liberating feeling. After two weeks, we're not tired of traveling yet, although we are ready to head to a different part of the world. We're leaving for Asia tomorrow - Kuala Lumpur first, then Thailand and Hong Kong. The parts of SE Asia where we're going did not have any damage and are fine. I'm sure they need our tourist dollars more than ever.

There's been a few funny things I've noticed about Australia and New Zealand. There are much fewer traffic lights because they use "round a bouts" - basically traffic circles (not like the one in Long Beach! - much safer here) I've grown to like them very much. They also have a strange thing with Pumpkins and Sweet Potatoes. There's Pumpkin soup everywhere and many meals are served with Sweet Potatoes. These are two things that if they fell off the earth- I would never notice they were gone, so it seems strange to me that they're so popular over here. The toliets each have a 1/2 flush and a full flush button. I suppose to conserve water. When I would ask people where the restrooms are- I got a confused look - they call them toliets here. Cars - most of them are stick shift. Bugs - very few bugs - quite to my surprise. I expected the rainforest in Cairns and the forests here in New Zealand to have many bugs. The people here all seem to be very happy - we've never been treated with anything than the utmost courtesy. Also there are a LOT of redheads! Mom ~ it'd be a lot harder to find you in a crowd :-)

We've met some wonderful people that I'm sure will be lifelong friends. Shoot I'm out of time. Will post more later!

Posted by Susan & Rick on January 8, 2005 11:15 PM
Category: B - New Zealand

A lot of redheads huh? Hmmmm, maybe because they were decendents of all those British redheaded hotheads! LOL I love you guys!

Posted by: Mom on January 11, 2005 01:05 PM

Sounds (and looks!) like you guys are having a great time. You sure picked a good time to go - it's been cold and rainy and just dreary for weeks now around here. Glad to hear the tsunami isn't affecting your travel plans - we were wondering about that. Continue having a great time - I know you will!!!

Posted by: Lisa on January 13, 2005 08:48 PM

I'm enjoying your comments and photos. Are you planning to be back at the end of January or is your itinerary just a partial post (not a snail-mail option!). It'll be interesting to read of your Malaysia post-tsunami impressions. Susan, you'll enjoy a bumper sticker I saw ... Cat, the other white meat!

Posted by: Bill on January 16, 2005 10:32 AM
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