Holiday while on holiday - Waitete Bay, Coromandel

Trip Start Jun 30, 2008
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Trip End Dec 31, 2009


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Sunday, December 7, 2008

We have been on the road for more than 5 months, traveled thousands of kilometres to 5 countries so far and then this past week felt a little different.  It felt more like a 'holiday while on holiday'.  Perhaps it was because we are in a country that is very much like home and so don't worry about our safety from things like the elements, the food, the people etc or we needed a rest.  This was a time therefore to reflect on 'life' - YIKES!! 

We have had some of you ask about how our marriage has been affected by being together 24/7. The most common question over the months has been how are the children taking traveling to all these strange places?  It has been said that travel can be one on the toughest things on a relationship.  Throw in 4 children and several 2nd and 3rd world countries and you should have a 'time bomb'.  Surprisingly to Raymond and me, the experience has been the total opposite.  Our marriage is stronger than it has ever been.  Perhaps it's because we need to all work together to accomplish a goal - finding editable food, a safe place to sleep and/or a safe way to get from A to B.  Before all of you go and start packing we should also tell you that we still argue (sorry).

With respect to the children, we are also amazed how fast they have adapted to whatever we are doing, where we are staying and how we have to get there.  We thought that the children would be crying at 'change' and wanting to go home.  This has not been the case but rather they have seized the opportunities in front of them and keep asking tons of questions.  This leads to the third most asked question - what about school. 

As parents this is a very important factor now and in deciding to take this trip.  We understand that the decisions we made and are making will impact 6 lives and 480 years of future history!!  We don't take this issue lightly.  We have exposed the children to other cultures, climates and conditions that have taught them to be flexible and realize how fortunate they are just to be born in Canada.  We have a great teacher in Canada that supervises the children's work and ensure that they keep up with what is required back home.  Every child will have some challenges or difficulty but that is why they have parents.

Our 2 weeks here at Waitete Bay have flown by!  We have toured around the Peninsula with the 2 highlights being Hot Water Beach (where you dig in the sand to create your own hot tub) and Cathedral Cove (a lovely 45 minute hike down from the parking lot to undisturbed stretches of beach and rock archways).  Saturday was the annual Santa Clause parade in Coromandel Town (the nearest town to us - 20 minutes away).  It was quite good considering the town is very small.  The kids were happy with all the candy that got thrown their way.  It does seem a bit strange that Christmas is very connected with sun & beach in New Zealand as we are so accustomed to 'frosty the snowman'.  However, I am sure we can make the transition.

Sunday was a special open house at Waiau Waterworks.  They have many unique inventions using water, lots of unique playground equipment and a very wild flying fox ride that I am sure would be illegal in Canada.  We all enjoyed ourselves.

The Davies cabin is fantastic - a real gem.  Once again, a big thanks to them for their generosity.  It's definitely felt like home with lots of books and games to keep us busy.  I think Sophia read their entire collection of readers digests and also enjoys our nightly game of Rummikub.  I'm sure the kids would say their absolute favourite thing was riding the ATV on the beach.  Definitely not something we are able to do at home.

This week we travel to the southernmost city in the world - Invercargill.  See you there..........

As we begin to learn some Hindi and Chinese did you know......The Truth About Eating

For those of you who watch what you eat... here's the final conclusion on nutrition and health, and it's a relief to know the final truth after all the conflicting medical studies that got you confused over the years:
1. The Japanese drink a lot of sake and suffer fewer heart attacks than the Canadians, British or Americans.
2. The Mexicans eat a lot of fat and also suffer fewer heart attacks than the Canadians, British or Americans.
3. The Italians drink a lot of wine and also suffer fewer heart attacks than the Canadians, British or Americans.
4. The Germans drink a lot of beer and eat lots of fatty sausages and suffer fewer heart attacks than the Canadians, British or Americans.
5. The Ukrainians drink a lot of vodka, eat fatty cabbage rolls with pork and sour cream, and suffer fewer heart attacks than the Canadians, British or Americans.

CONCLUSION:

Eat and drink what you like. Apparently, what kills you is speaking English.
 
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swheeler
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Merry Christmas
Hi friends! What great pictures, thanks for posting them! It looks beautiful and all you guys look great! Will be thinking of you at Christmas while we drink our hot chocolate and try to stay warm. Miss and love you guys. Take care.

ndiloren
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Merry Chrismas and Happy New Year
Hey Janice and Ray and Family

Wishing you a Merry Chrismas and Happy New Year.

PS. If you go to Australia Ted Cushing lives and works there. He works for Jonson N Jonson Medical supplies. I really lost contact when he moved to Toronto for a while and then moved back to Australia

Ciao for now

holinaty
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Merry Christmas!
Hey guys... wow. Gotta say, a little jealous! Not in a bad way of course, but really loving all that you're doing. We miss you and Samuel and Liam have asked a couple of times, 'when does James come home?'

Have a great Christmas in NZ. The pictures are great!

Love, the Holinatys

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