Back again! Apologies for the slightly intermittant blogging recently, but using a campervan has led to a definite disintegration in Wi-fi availability! Here goes to bring you all back up to date!
Sydney: Day 2
Saturday was a Do little day for us. Sorry, not a do little day; a Doolittle day. Firstly we went to talk to the animals at Taronga Zoo, and then went to see My Fair Lady at the Opera House.
The zoo was great as its location and also animal collection were both of the highest order! The views over the city were great while we watched animals like kangaroos, koalas, giraffes and elephants running around. The weather was also back to normal (dry and sunny if stil a little cold) so we had a good morning and afternoon over there. No tales of animal escape or injury to tell of I'm afraid except the 2 parrots who left a present for a group of Japanese schoolies. Hilarious..
Once finished there we headed back to get changed and then headed off to see our musical. As a tip for you all, the Sydney Opera House is not known by this name in Sydney. It's just 'the Opera House'. The taxi driver did enjoy the laugh at my expense however when I gave it the full title! The building is spectacular from the outside and also stunning inside. A good performance, and a good day and trip to Oz came to an enjoyable end.
An early start caught us the next morning as we awoke after a whopping 3.5 hour sleep (yawn..!) to get our plane to New Zealand (country 5 on our tour!). Good flight although delayed slightly, but as ever a cracker of a story unfolded! With around 45 minutes of the flight left, we were all offered an ice lolly to refresh us before landing. Of course we both said yes. As the first to try the lollies, I warned Louise that they were surprisingly cold as mine stuck to my tongue.. Odd feeling, but not pleasant! 'What was that?' came the response as Louise's welded itself to her tongue and insdie of her lips. Too late..! After pulling it back out her mouth with an ouch, I couldn't help but notice an odd white lump on the outside of her ice-cream. 'Is that skin or something?' I jested, turning round to be greeted by Louise + mouthful of blood.. YEP! How crazy is that? The skin had actually been ripped out her mouth! Anyway, I know you'll now all be wondering, and yes, the ice-cream was very tasty..! Oh, Louise, she's fine too!
Queenstown arrived and was without doubt the best airport I've ever landed at. Small but perfectly formed, a bit like a primordeal dwarf. Scenery was spectacular and has continued to be ever since. Some country.. We picked up our new home for the next week; our monster camper van, and headed off to the 'city'. Don't really know where I took a wrong turning, but we ended up in Fort William (really, this place is the spit!). Nice in an Edinburgh Wollen Mill kind of way if you know what I mean!
The only real attractions there were the gondola to an 'activity playground for adults' and the price tags on the fruit and veg in the supermarket. We marvelled at both! (3.75 for a punnet of tomatoes! What?!) The views from the top of the gondola were excellent as you'll see from our photos. The bungy I'm afraid was a step too far though!
Onward to Fox Glacier via a night in our surprisingly good van [maths time here: how does a man of 1.95m tall sleep in a bed 1.79m long? I don't know either, but it was comfy!] where we walked to the terminal face of this whopping great ice slide. For natural beauty a definite 10 out of 10! We also spent a good amount of time driving (4 hours today) so off to bed early tonight to catch up on that all eusive sleep!
p.s. Although we do seem to be wearing the same clothes in every picture, these are just the jackets. Underneath there are some different clothes and some inside outt pants so it's not as bad as it looks! Louise was so concerned about this, she's bought a nice new NZ wool fleece for tomorrow. Look out for it!
Hope that wasn't too quick! Will try and be back tomorow. Over and out..
L & A