NZ day 1: Customs let us into the country! And we stayed awake *all day* despite jet lag & a crappy night of sleep sitting up in a plane.
I’m jet lagged and basically cribbing this post from a Facebook update. If you’re not into words, scroll down for today’s meager pics.
Our generous hosts have been incredibly welcoming. Melanie made sure we kept busy & caffeinated all day, and made made a version of pho for lunch (I ate lots of mushrooms!) and a cantonese-style feast mostly from the sea for dinner with fresh sashimi (can’t remember the fish), lobster, & sea cucumber Bill caught the other day. (I ate pork intestine/tripe & I liked it!)
We also went for a short walk in the neighborhood, H & E went swimming/hot tubbing, and Ky, E and I went with Bill & Robert to the marina (through downtown Aukland) to get the boat ready to take out, which was interesting because fueling a boat is new to us.
The boys have 5 new-acquaintance cousins (I need a family relations chart to say what variety), 1 they already knew, 2 new aunts, and 2 new uncles.
Tomorrow & the next day: Coromandel Peninsula & Hot Water Beach. 🙂