We are leaving NZ
21.07.2010 16 °C
Our six months in NZ are pretty much over. We have just a few days left before heading to Fiji.
In the last week or so we have been saying our goodbyes. This weekend we went to Hamilton and on the Saturday we spent time with our friends Daisy and Alwin and their very cute little, girl Maddy. Alwin owns a big herd of dairy cows so G donned a pair of overalls and gum boots (wellies) to help out. Definition of 'help out': stand around watching whilst drinking a bottle of beer!!!!
Sunday was a visit to see Myrtle (G's nan) in her nursing home, then off to his brother Alan to give him a tutorial on Facebook and finally a delicious pub lunch where we were joined by all the Hamilton family members - 14 of us in total (just a tiny selection of G's family!).
After 3 sessions and about 9 hours of work with Dan @ Ballastic Tattoo in Auckland, Gerald's tattoo is finally finished and is looking great. Now it is driving him crazy as it heals, itching non stop!!!
Gerald has just 2 days left of work and is looking forward to finishing. I have been doing all the boring admin stuff to keep myself busy - sorting out shipping back to the UK, filing tax returns (very impressed with the IRD - money was in my account within about 3 days of filing the return!!!), contacting the utility companies - you get the idea!
Tonight we have to pack as our box is being collected tomorrow to go on it's 11 week journey back to the UK. Saturday night we are having our leaving drinks in the city and Sunday we are moving out of the apartment so we can give it a good clean on the Monday before handing the keys back to the landlord. We will miss our cute apartment and city living, it has been a great base for our 6 months here.
We are getting excited about Fiji - country number 9 for this trip and a new country for both us. We arrive there on Tuesday afternoon and the weather forecast is saying it will be around 80 degrees so we are happy about that! Auckland winters are far milder than those in the UK, many days are blue -skied and sunny and the days are much longer than in the UK which makes a difference. Saying that we are really looking forward to wearing beach gear again and swimming in warm waters. Our resort looks great , http://www.bluelagoonbeachresort.com.fj/gallery - it came highly recommended to us by friends so I am sure it will be as good as it looks.
Not sure if we will have much internet access from Fiji so this could be the last blog for some time......