No Worries Mate!!

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


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Wednesday, January 7, 2009

New Zealand is an aesthetically wondrous country. It seems around every corner is some fabulous new vista. I especially like the Pohutakawa trees (no we can't pronounce it either) that have been exploding with red blossoms over Christmas. We gave up thinking we could see the whole country and have just stuck to exploring the areas we have stayed in. The beaches are extraordinary yet still 'cool' to our liking.

Sabrina mainly enjoyed jumping off the dock at Maratae Beach and the big waves at Piha. With the beautiful land and seascape sculpted by Mother Nature come strong currents that seem to take the lives of far too many people. On New Year's Day there were 44 water rescues and half of them were at the beach at Piha (mentioned above).

The down side of living 'down under' would be unpredictable weather that seems to change every 15 minutes. As well, New Zealand's many roads that are so narrow and windy have given Monique a few opportunities to explore the pre digested process of her digestive system. Since we have come to accept driving on the wrong side of the road (and cleaning our windshield every time we want to turn) it would be nice if the streets were named the same as on the maps or vice versa. All of our children have had the opportunity (more than they would like I'm sure) to watch and hear two people (us) argue about which way to go. In the end we always found our way by stopping to ask.

We love the laid back, friendly Kiwi attitude. Our particular favourite is the "no shoes necessary" policy. Adults can regularly be seen walking barefoot into any store. Personally, I think wearing shoes is overrated anyway. Bunions, blisters, smelly and unkept feet and toe nails........be free!!

Once again, a big 'thank you' to the Davies' for allowing us to stay in their Auckland home while they are on holidays. It really began to feel like home. So much so that James, Monique and Sophia don't like to leave often. We had a local library card that enabled us full use to the library where I don't think a day went by when we did not visit one of the branches. We 'maxed' out on the number of books we were allowed out every day for two weeks!! The children seem to be in 'nesting' mode which is understandable given the amount of travelling we have been doing and where we are off to next.

James has really enjoyed New Zealand and says if we didn't live in Canada he would like to live here. Monique agrees, but then she often sides with her big brother. Sophia is excited to travel to India and I can't wait to see her reaction to this very different country. Sabrina turned 13 on January 1st and we spent the day at the beach to celebrate. She's been keeping herself busy jogging, reading and playing the Davies piano.

Now it's off to India where God only knows what is in store for us. An Indian who stayed with us for a few months 10 years ago will be in Delhi a few days when we arrive to help us get started. Yet at this point we have no plans, nothing, nada ...............and we arrive in the New Delhi airport at 2am!!

Think of us and reflect how exciting this is going to be after traveling 24 hours!!

Cheers mate!!
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pdreynol
pdreynol on

New Zealand Merits
I have been blessed to visit about 40 countries and to australia 10 times but never made it to there. Yet I have to add your praise to the long list of family and friends who just rave about it. Who knows if I will ever get there but may I appoint you as deputies. Plesa eat some lamb; wave at sheep; stick out out your tongues at Maoris; and sit in a sunny meadow -- do it in my name so I can say 'my representative' were there.

Cheers from Vancouver where we have had seven snow storms and the most snow in 74 years Just 1 cm shy of the all time record. At last it is raining so melt down.
Paul Reynolds

swheeler
swheeler on

Happy New Year
Happy New Year dear friends! Happy belated birthday Sabrina. Hope your day at the beach was wonderful. Will be thinking of you in your upcoming travels. Thanks for posting - it is always fun to 'catch up' with the Maaske family!

karenandfrank
karenandfrank on

Heading to India
LOL Janice, I enjoyed reading the end of your blog...heading to India with no plans! Way to go! After 24 hours traveling you will be pleasantly confused and tired.......you won't notice it is 2am! Can't wait to hear about India! God has gone before you and already has the plan!
God's blessings.
Karen.

ndiloren
ndiloren on

The Ferd
Hey

Hope all is well.

FUDDI

Tell me the translation from India 'Fuddi'

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