Published: December 16th 2010
December 16th 2010
At LAX. Here we go
Good Day Friends and Family-
I am sitting here in Taupo, New Zealand listening to a cricket match on the T.V. The weather is overcast and a bit cool. We have had quite an emotional beginning to our travels.
We traveled to Tahiti without a hitch. The flight went quickly, we ate, we rested, we watched movies, we ate again and then we were there. We got a ride from Po Po, who became our guide two days later for a ride around the island. Po Po's step-father was on the filming crew for the movie Mutiny on the Bounty with Marlon Brando. Movie night option for the Spring, friends. That film was shot in Papetee, where we are staying. I have attached a few photos. The weather was hot and humid, but nice in the evenings. There is poverty everywhere here in Tahiti and lots of trash. We tried to use local folks, eat locally and yes I picked up trash on the beach. The trip to Tahiti was a grand way to start our vacation.
Three days later we are once again in the air and flying to Aukland New Zealand. This flight is also comfortable,
Liz and friend
Our hotel in the background
tho more folks are on the plane, but we still feel great upon our arrival. All of our belongings are with us and we get a ride to our motel.
Our motel was in a quiet setting, across from a cemetery and only 5 minutes from airport. The desk clerk smilingly told us she had put us in the quietest rooms on the property. A field of wildflowers and birds sat across the parking lot and a neighborhood of homes was the backdrop.
We moved in, Richard went and got the rental car, I downloaded photos from Tahiti on my laptop and Mom napped. Richard pulled in with the car, Mom and I locked up our rooms and we all headed to the grocery store for some lunch supplies for the road trip, planned for tomorrow.
We returned to our room about 90 minutes later to find the window in Richard and my room broken and all of my cameras, computer, jewelry, medications and numerous other items had been stolen! GOOD GRIEF!
So, this is a totally new adventure. I spent the next 12 hours in a state of shock, anger, grief and sadness. Then, I
Mom and Liz at the pool
decided that the items were just items, tho some of the jewelry was sentimental. I know that there are bad people everywhere and more good than bad, so I took care of business and we got in the car and began our travels.
Taupo is beautiful and the folks are all very nice. As Richard says, it is a bit easier to understand the folks here as they are speaking a form of English and not French! Lake Taupo is a collapsed caldera and it is huge! We went on a boat trip today and saw some Maori carvings. New Zealand has only had inhabitants for about 1000 years and a tribe of Maori were the first.
We will be here for two more nights. Mom is doing well, enjoying the adventure and of course since we had to stop our credit cards, she is paying till we get some new ones. Thank goodness for MOM.
Cheers and love,
There are more photos below