Friday, December 28, 2012

The last few days

Dec 27

This morning I woke up and I knew it was going to be a tough day. I did not feel good at all. Thankfully our excursion was only 4 hours and it was a good one that was pretty laid back. We had a smaller group with probably only 25 people and we went to a sheep farm and saw a sheep shearing demonstration.  Yes I am aware that we already saw o e but this one was way better than the other. We got a more in depth demonstration and there were fewer people so we were more up close and personal to the sheep.  After the demonstration we went across the street for scones and tea. It sounds so English doesn't it?  The scones were pretty good. They serve their scones out here in NZ with jam and whip cream. I went with the jam and butter.  I guess I stuck with what I knew. They tea was not good.  I prefer the tea on the ship.  

Next we were able to go up to Te Mata Peak.  We drove up the spectacular Tuki Tuki Valley to the summit of Te Mata Peak. I won't lie, it was a little scary getting up there. We had to have a motorcycle escort to make sure we didn't scare any cars coming down.  We got pretty close to the edge a few times.  When we got up to the peak, we took pictures complete with wind blown hair and loaded the bus again. 

Our next stop was the berry farm for ice cream infused with berries.  I'm not a huge strawberry ice cream person but it was delicious. It totally hit the spot. I just wish I would have been able to do some strawberry day I will.  I may not be here in NZ though. 

Next we headed back to the ship and as soon as we got back to the ship I laid down for a nap and hit the bottom.  I came down with fever, didn't want to get out of bed and was just not good.  Needless to say we did not go to dinner.  I tried to go to bed early and tossed and turned all night. I think my fever probably broke around 2am

Dec 28

I woke up this morning still really worn down but I wasn't missing the excursion.  It was a long excursion with 4 buses and there were quite a few people on our bus with no manners.  Refer to my post earlier about people not filing out of the bus correctly and people also dont know how to wait in lines for their turn for their food.  They just walked up to each thing that they wanted without waiting their turn in line.  They must have missed that part somewhere during school.  

Moving on.  We went to see a geothermal reserve called Hell's Gate filled with lots of sulfur pools that smelled like rotten eggs.  As we got closer, the bus started to smell and I just thought someone on the bus was a little stinky haha! Anyways at this point it was about 11 am and we had not eaten since 6:30 am so we were getting hungry. We didn't get to eat until 2:30pm. We were quite hungry.  After the sulfur pools we went next door to see the Maori people do some traditional tribal dances and had a traditional hangi meal that is cooked in the ground.  It was pretty tasty if you ask me but at that point anything would have been delicious because I was starving.  

After that we got back on the bus and headed for the ship.  Sounds of coughing filled the bus.  We weren't the only ones hacking away.  When we got back to the ship we had some time to rest before dinner. As always our appetizers were waiting for us.  We usually just kind of pick at them because there is no need to spoil our dinner.  We had our normal spa visit after dinner and resting in the room so we can be ready for our day in Auckland tomorrow hopefully feeling tons better.  

I'll try to do a better job of updating the next few days but we are running out of intent minutes.  The Internet at sea is pretty crummy and drops the connection all the time.  It's really slow too. Hopefully we will have wifi tomorrow in Auckland.  

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