Enroute-Rebooting for the Second Leg
Trip Start Aug 22, 2012
63Trip End Jun 16, 2013
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After our first 10 hours of travel, we arrived in LA with the intention of rendezvousing with my brother. Without any cell phone or access to internet and having sent him only our itinerary 3 weeks prior and his quick reply 'OK', I realized when we got off the plane that meeting up might be a bit tenuous. Luckily, his adaptability muscle is strong because a quick phone call to him - made on a phone generously offered to us by an LA airport volunteer - and within 5 minutes of picking up our baggage we were in my brother’s car
We arrived in our old stomping grounds from 28 years ago when we volunteered for Canadian Crossroads International and taught school in Fiji. A rush of feelings came back upon our arrival as Fiji had been our first time being away from North America. Now, seasoned travellers, it felt very different. A quick 24 hours on a beach near Nadi allowed us to stretch, relax, walk, and enjoy the warmth of sunshine and the Fijian people.
Up early the next morning to catch our flight to Christchurch, we thought we had better start reading our Lonely Planet guide and figure out what we were going to do in New Zealand. We had notes from a number of friends who had given us NZ advice but we hadn't done much planning. Which leads me to my next thoughts about how procrastination is inextricably tied to adaptability. It's hard to do one without the other! I wonder which comes first? Well, we have both of them down pat. We got off the plane, rented a car (not pre-booked) and drove to the Banks Peninsula finding a cute little spot (Halfmoon Cottage) in Barry's Bay to hang our hats for a couple of nights
We have discovered that NZ is colder and more expensive than we expected so have joined the Backpackers system. What can one expect other than to have distorted expectations when they do very little planning? Our first day was sunny and spring-like then a cold southerly wind blew up the coast from the Antarctic and we found ourselves in 7 degree weather, shrivering as we watched the obligatory orientation Lord of the Rings movie in our hostel.
We’ve had a few good laughs getting used to driving on the left side. Jim continues to switch on the windshield wipers when he is about to make a turn and I keep making noises thinking we are about to drive off the edge of the road.
Get exercising that adaptability muscle, my friends! What have you done recently to exercise yours?