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Last (real) day of trip [Apr. 1st, 2008|04:52 pm]

Last "real" day because tomorrow will be spent mostly in New Zealand but in airports.  That's not a real day, in terms of enjoyment.

Today is gorgeous.  Yesterday, a day of bus travel, was stormy.  I refrained from admitting to my fellow passengers that my other two days on a bus had been stormy (on travel buses, not tour buses.)   It started raining just before the bus picked us up, and continued off and on, sometimes in torrents and sometimes with a strong wind, through the day.   The scenery was spectacular, as usual.  This was a new route for Newman's (the bus company I was on) and the schedule changed yesterday, which made it interesting for the drivers as well as the passengers. This bus replaces the old "express" bus between Queenstown and Christchurch, maybe just for the winter (not sure.)   When it wasn't raining, we had gorgeous views of hills, mountains, streams, rivers, lakes, every variety of landscape you could wish for including a couple of near-flat plains with mountains on the edges.  Finally saw a paddock really full of rabbits (where are the beagles???  And for that matter, some good red-tailed hawks?  I saw hawks now and then, but not enough to deal with all those bunnies.)

Between the swift-moving (and heavily vibrating) bus, and the weather, I didn't get pictures--took only a few and they weren't much (any) good.

Today is "organize and pack" day, but I'm going out shortly for a nice walk around and to mail off a box of books.  I don't have enough room in my luggage (even augmented by the daypack) for all these books.  And yet I want all these books.  Some for research, some as presents for people back home, some to re-read for my own enjoyment.   I just don't want to have to lug them, not even as far as the airport check-in (and the customs thing, where you have to load your own bags up to be looked at.  Ick.) 

There's bound to be a FedEx in town *somewhere*. 

Tomorrow it's onto a morning flight up to Auckland, followed by an afternoon/evening flight toward home.


[User Picture]From: kristine_smith
2008-04-01 10:29 pm (UTC)
Have a safe and uneventful trip home!
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[User Picture]From: fair_witness
2008-04-01 10:50 pm (UTC)
She beat me to it. :)
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2008-04-02 05:03 am (UTC)
Uneventful is my hope for the day...
Uneventful in ev'ry way...
Planes that smoothly fly
Babes that do not cry
Customs and immigration
that just nod and wave me by...
Yes, uneventful is the way I travel best
If it's uneventful I may even get some rest.

(I had to go back to the shop where I bought the daypack to check the price, as I could not find the !**! receipt. Three T-shirts, one daypack, one purse, one tube of sunscreen, two musical cards, one small notebook, and a ton of books that I shipped off rather than lug. Eleven of them. Alexander McCall Smith was responsible for several of that number, but I scored an Oliver Sacks I hadn't seen at home (_Musicophilia_), a book about the last of the British WWI vets, Harry Patch, a book about the British underclass, several others. Jen, from our choir, has one of the books I bought, of New Zealand fiction, and will be bringing it back later. If she ever comes home...)

Thanks, all, for the good travel vibes. I appreciate it. From my POV, it's now 14 hours until I leave the hotel, so don't waste your energy whirling prayer wheels for me until then.

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[User Picture]From: cdozo
2008-04-02 12:04 am (UTC)

Home Coming

Safe, easy and fun end travels.
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