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This entry was posted on 12/5/2006 3:08 AM and is filed under New Zealand.

Here's the first shot from the plane... and it is SO different than Hong Kong.  Obviously, New Zealand is all about GREEN. It looks like one giant golf course, at least from this elevation...



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but we knew we were in the right place, because as soon as we got our rental car, we stopped to get some snacks at a gas station store and saw this delicacy, and knew everything was going to be OK...

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We drove up to Waitekere Estates - about an hour drive - and it is SO WEIRD to drive on the opposite side of the road.  It's also equally weird to be a passenger on the left side of the car.  It was beautiful up there.  Here's the view from our room, and the night view looking down towards Auckland was equally grand.



...but in a weird way, after our great time in NYC last month, and having just come from Hong Kong - we just weren't ready for all that GREEN! So after a night up there we came back to Auckland for a bit more city adventuring.  Here's the view from our hotel here  - a bit of harbor (to the left), a bit of city.  Phew!



And another view of the city...




We've eaten two nights in a row at a great Nepalese restaurant up the street called Himalaya.  Here's EJ and Thapa, the restaurant owner from Nepal.  After dinner on the second night, he blew us away by bringing the bill to us with everything written out with a big fat zero next to each item.  He treated us for the entire dinner. We felt as though we were guests at his home.  And the food was fantastic and very unusual.



We also went to a neat museum and arboretum - but we'll put that in the next blog entry as one piece all together.

Tomorrow we're heading up to the Bay of Islands and will have stories from there...
 

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    • 12/6/2006 6:26 PM Kemper wrote:
      Good Morning OR Good Evening! Writing this on Wednesday, December 6, 9:00 pm EST which is (maybe) NZ time Thursday, December 7, 6:00 pm. If this is true and all the stars and earth's moon are in alignment it's ------ HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU EJ, HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU.....HAPPY, HAPPY, HAPPY DAY. My love.....Kemper
      PS - I love being on this blog holiday with you. In fact, it is so real, I took yesterday off from work. (lol)
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    • 12/6/2006 7:02 PM Kemper wrote:
      Good Morning OR Good Evening! Writing this on Wednesday, December 6, 9:00 pm EST which is (maybe) NZ time Thursday, December 7, 6:00 pm. If this is true and all the stars and earth's moon are in alignment it's ------ HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU EJ, HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU.....HAPPY, HAPPY, HAPPY DAY. My love.....Kemper
      PS - I love being on this blog holiday with you. In fact, it is so real, I took yesterday off from work. (lol)
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    • 12/10/2006 1:04 AM Darcey wrote:
      Oh how i wish we were there. I didn't know that Dec. 7th was your birthday EJ (I should have known). Martha turned 13 yesterday on the 8th!! We are enjoying rain rain rain, can't wait 'till you get to the south island!! YAYB D
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