Friday, December 31, 2010

Last day of 2010

View from Devonport looking back at Auckland


Just when you think New Zealand is a lot like home, you do something like order a chicken salad sandwich and get a couple slices of chicken accompanied by jam, a slice of hard-boiled egg, and a fistful of salad between two slices of bread. Or then you witness a dramatic Maori haka; or, best of all, stroll through a park in 75-degree sunshine with a refreshing breeze blowing in from the harbor and realize, "hey, it's December 31st!"

Today we spent the morning at the Auckland museum (where we saw the Maori performance) and in the afternoon took a ferry to Devonport, a town across the harbor from Auckland. There we walked to the top of a volcano and took far too many pictures of cute Victorian cottages. Now we’re back at our hotel, trying to stay awake so we can see the midnight fire works display at Sky Tower. Here’s to a happy new year! 

 ~Andy

Day 2 in Auckland

Today was another beautiful day in Auckland. Spent the day walking around the city and visiting the Auckland museum. Saw a Maori performance that was incredible! I have a video, but because wifi is so hard to come by here, I'll have to post it tomorrow. Second half of the day we took a ferry over to Devonport and took a long walk around Mt. Victoria. Lots of great Victorian architecture . . . finished off our time there with a pint at The Patriot. Right now it's about an hour until midnight and the New Year . . . gonna go out with the city and watch the fireworks they launch from Skytower.

Pics and video to follow! Happy New Year!!

~Philip

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Our first day in New Zealand

Reindeer tramples palm trees in Auckland




We’re now in our hotel in Auckland, struggling to stay awake just a few more hours before going to bed. Flying from Portland to LA, LA to Fiji, and Fiji to New Zealand makes for one loooooooong trip. Fortunately we were blessed by the air travel gods: we got the aisle and window seats with no one sitting in between.  

One of the first things we noticed upon arriving at our hotel is that the light switches work in reverse here: down is on and up is off. Appropriate given that we’re in the southern hemisphere, right? After settling into our room we grabbed lunch at a downtown mall with lots of great little Asian restaurants, wandered down the main shopping street to the harbor, gawked at the cruise ships, and made our way back to the hotel. Must stay awake a bit longer . . .

~Andy

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Welcome!



As most of your know, Andy and I will soon begin our four-month-long adventure in Australia with a group of sixteen students from Lewis and Clark College. Along the way we'll be posting pictures, videos and journal entries to keep our friends and family up to date on our whereabouts (and walkabouts). Before meeting the students in Sydney, we'll spend ten days traveling around New Zealand. We'll post the first official entry when we arrive in Auckland. See you there!

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