Life is all about the details...

Trip Start Oct 28, 2004
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Trip End Aug 08, 2005


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Monday, November 29, 2004

*Just when you thought there are lots of sheep in New Zealand you'll be shocked to know that there are over 99 million possums in the country as well. And it's a favorite pasttime to hunt them. It's a fun game to hit them with your car, too.

*Almost every bridge that you cross is one lane. This could be problematic as it causes head on collisions.

*Our van seems to be a target for drug solicitation. Even at 8am we have people knocking on the window to see if we want to make a "purchase." But who can blame them. It's painted in neon colors, is usally parked on the side of the road and often looks abandoned.

*Our travel buddy, Mike, boasts the same name as Mike Wasoski from Monster's, Inc.

*A neighboring camper found it humourous that we spent our afternoon sitting outside the van knitting. He came over and took photos of Molly and I knitting and Mike laying in the sun reading his travel book. He then forwarded via email to everyon he knew and printed us copies. We definetly have magnetic personalities.

*Luckily none of us fell victim to Ameobic Menengitis after sitting in the hot pools.

*Not only are all the Kiwi's nice but so are there animals. Last week a couple dolphins swam around a group of 4 swimmers, protecting them from a great white shark. How amazing.

*We have become great at finding free fun: gazing at mud pools, walking through blockbuster and talking about movies, and visiting every bookstore that we encounter.

*Turns out that "exactly" is a commonly used American word.

*Pedistrians don't have the right away.

*Instead of signs that say "Watch your head" they read "Mind your head."

*Mike does an amazing impression of a raptor. He is going to use it as his audition piece for King Kong.

*The van not only was driven by a clown but began it's life as a delivery vehicle for Sparkle Drycleaners.

*Kiwis are obsessed with Tomato Sauce, not Ketchup as we know it. And you don't find it convientantly on resturant tables...you have to pay for it. They put it on everything.

*We have decided that Nick Cage would make for a GREAT soap actor and have no idea how he made it to the big screen. We now like to do Nick Cage impressions.

*Mike tells us that there are no rubbish bins in the men's bathroom. And you will be surprised to know that urinals are just a wall of water!

*Apparently the British pound is "so strong right now."

*Peanut Butter is one of the most expensive foods in New Zealand and has compromised the integrity of the Economic Diet.

*Drive thrus are on the opposite side of the building. Obviously since the steering wheel is on the opposite side of the car.

*Honking is always used as a friendly gesture.

*The word "as" is added on to the end of every adjective. Instead of saying "wow that's so cool," a Kiwi would say "Sweet as." Other uses: "Hot as," "easy as," "fun as." Mike however thinks it's clever to use "sweet ass" as a form of a pick up line.

*Gasoline is $1.19 a liter. 4 liters equals one gallon.

*Mike has randomly recieved boxes of condoms by several people throughout the trip because he's sleeping in a van with two women.

*Roundabouts replace all stop signs.
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