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Down Under and Unpacking...

...At least for now

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Cheers and Happy New Year from New Zealand!

Thanks to our amazing families and friends, we had a VERY Merry Christmas in Mui Ne, Vietnam. Santa even managed to find his way to our little beachside bungalow. We gave some of our travelling toys and books to local kids from the fishing village nearby and we all shared a blessed and unforgettable holiday together. We spent a fun New Year's Eve in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam - our last hurrah in Asia after 3 months of travelling. We all enjoyed a street festival in central Ho Chi Minh City where the boys joined local kids trying their hands at various games and we toasted to a great year past and a fabulous one ahead with (believe it or not) Margaritas and Quesadillas. Despite the bombings in Bangkok, we boarded a flight on Jan. 1 and flew from Vietnam to Bangkok to then catch our flight to Auckland. The Thai people (at least the ones we spoke to in the airport) seemed unphased by the attacks and were refreshingly upbeat about the new year. 12 hours later we landed and although NZ is similar in many ways to the US, we have no doubt that we are far from home. It IS nice to once again enjoy some of the many things we take for granted in our safe little worlds- drinkable water, traffic signals (and drivers who obey them) and recognizable food. We rented a car and headed south, stopping at NZ's largest body of water, Lake Taupo and then to the southern tip of the North Island to Wellington. A ferry ride and bus trip later, we arrived in Nelson on the northern tip of the South Island - our home for the next 6 weeks. We've rented a house here and are enjoying some of the mundane things like cooking and laundry and unpacking. We are now in search of some cheap bikes, cheap groceries and cheap thrills - this is an expensive place (especially after Asia). We hope 2007 is off to a fabulous start for you all and might we suggest as an added resolution - meet us somewhere around the world! You still have 7 months to find us...

Posted by kcrawf 14:35 Archived in New Zealand Tagged round_the_world

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Wow,what an adventure you all are having.And I thought are Xmas Caribbean cruise had some thrills,might take you up on a meet you somewhere on your journey.Watch out for those Hobbits in NZ

Cousin Bill

by az-cousin

Wow! I almost have to stop and rest after thinking about all you are doing and taking in. I am envious, but thrilled for all of you!! I continue to work on Uncle Heffe to see if Europe is in our near future. We miss you. Gobs of love--Auntie Tris

by tconner

Dude, you gotta go to Wanaka to visit "Puzzling World". Jess hated the human sized "rat maze" since she has spatial "issues" and I loved it... Actually it feels like I'm running around a giant rat maze every monday-friday.

Have heaps of fun! jess and jered

by JessBogli

Keith/Debi/Oliver/Emmett: We LOVE your latest blog!!! Your pictures are outstanding!! The Safari
sounds super - sure reminds us of ours many years ago. We're getting excited to see youall - soon. The Mitch had a good talk with Barb. Sure sorry. Love - pops

by barbiedale

I love the pictures. Hope that you have had a safe arrival in Portugal. I visited with Barb on the phone and I know she will be O.K. It does interrupt your life somewhat, I know. Our trip to Texas was fun. The Hill Country is beautiful. Anxious to share some sight-seeing in France with you all. Love, Barbie.

by barbiedale

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