We asked our family--we're missing them!--for their thoughts on visiting NZ. Here are their answers, illustrated with pictures from everyone.
Flying to the other side of the world...
Hangin' in the Luv Bus. Not ONE Rainbow--at least FOUR in a row :)
Trying kiwi fruit juice in the morning and seeing a kiwi bird in the afternoon (at the bird park).
Meeting the whole family on the other side of world...
Auckland wharf's tiny shipping container library, librarian Brooke shusshing us
New Zealand is expensive but the people are overwhelmingly friendly.
Watching the kids, now adults, still behave like kids.
Congratulatory wine for Marc and Leah, gift from bus driver Selwyn
I was also amazed by the change in scenery, from the rolling farm country and maritime cities of the north to the mountainous regions of the south. A truly amazing country, both human geography and physical geography.
Going through pictures from months ago, it occurs to your chief NZ correspondent that family impressions echo what's engaged us about NZ--its openhearted, friendly people and dramatic land forms. Plus, love in Fernz Fernery. You gotta believe in that.