Here's some stuff to ponder from New Zealand:
- Got harassed by customs on our way into the country. It took almost two hours as they searched my bags. Carla and I both got questioned, but I always get the third degree. I must look guilty?!?
- The most popular chocolate bar in NZ is the Moro. It's like a Snickers minus the peanuts and not as good. I found this out on the Cadbury tour.
- I went to a church that was converted into a bar called The Mission. Carla and I played pool against two dairy farmers. We lost.
- There are more sheep than people in NZ. There are 4 million people and 40 million sheep.
- Citizens of NZ are called Kiwis. It's a local bird.
- I saw the albatross in flight. NZ is the only place other than the Galapagos that you can see them - they spend 80% of their life flying over the ocean. Their wings span over 9 feet!
- We saw a reserve of yellow headed penguins. They mate for life, but a woman can "divorce" her man if he is a bad parent.
- At the backpackers we stayed in the other night they had a cat named Neko. Neko means cat in Japanese.
- Went to a glacier today and are spending the whole day hiking through another one tomorrow.
- Saw two famous New Zealand bands the first two nights we arrived!!
- Traveling with Neill who joined up from the UK for the month. We also met a Kiwi on our first day who helped us buy the car and he also traveling with us for a while. He's a skydive instructor and we might jump with him!
- Carla almost burned down the backpackers this morning trying to make me toast, then she put a liter of diesel in our non-diesel car, and then she bought a $50 phone card not compatible with any phone we have access to. It all worked out fine - but we decided she wasn't allowed to drive the 25 kilometer switchback road up to the glacier in the rain today. Thanks for the entertainment, Carla!