Last post in New Zealand. If you’re wondering what those titles are; the car I had for over a month only had a tape deck, and the only three decent cassettes I found were an Elton John greatest hits, Queen’s greatest hits volume 2 (so none of the good songs) and the Forrest Gump soundtrack.
As I write these lines, people are arriving at the airport and as usual (remember, all airports are the same) there’s the whole welcoming committee with balloons, sings and lots of joy in the air. It’s both funny and sad when, as a backpacker, you arrive in a country that you don’t know, you walk through the gates and you see the disappointment on the balloons-and-signs-people’s face because you’re not the person they were hoping to see come out of the frosted-glass door.
If that’s a down part of travelling on your own, there are many ups. Friends hosted me during my stay in the beautiful city of Dunedin, and I really appreciated the comfort of a big bed, the fact I didn’t have to pack/unpack for a few days and most of all, the company.
So thanks to Carrie and Jacob, seen below (natural behaviour).
Here’s a bit of wildlife. Albatross, unfortunately it’s hard to show the scale, but its wingspan is over 10 feet (3m). NZ fur seal (that’s a cute one, some of the other were ugly, as I’ve been told). NZ sea lion yawning (and who named that a sea lion?) these are pretty big too, not scared of humans at all. And a yellow-eyed penguin, the rarest kind of penguins. I’ll let you guess which is which. Those picture were taken in the wild, I had to pay to have access to the private beach where the seal colony is, but those pictures are not from a zoo.
Now, comment-wise, either I’m getting boring or you guys are slacking. So let’s do this:
Since I’m heading to OZ and my time in kiwiland is done, I want to know which picture I posted so far is your favourite (just one).
I’ll put the “winning picture” on the www.veczan.com front-page.