Haere rā (goodbye in Maori) New Zealand, hello Singapore. We spent our last day full day in Wellington in true Kiwi fashion by exploring the Te Papa museum, performing the haka and watching rugby. The big rugby game was South Africa v Fiji and there were tons of exhibits at the museum about Fiji for Fiji Day. We saw performances of traditional Fiji and Maori dances, which were awesome. I even performed the haka! And now, after 2 full days of travel (12 hours on a bus on Sunday and 14 hours in the air and at airports yesterday), we are finally in Singapore and off to explore the city!
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Today marks the first day during our now 5 month trip that Debra has matched me in cribbage score. It should be noted that throughout our cribbage marriage there have been been a couple “I hate this game” and “why should I keep playing if you keep beating me” comments. Nonetheless she has risen to the level and can now be called a ‘Morgan of Cribbage’, minus the whole name change thing. Tomorrow holds a 12 hour bus trip to Auckland for us so should be awesome. Cheers.
Today we hit up a rock climbing gym in Wellington on the wharf and it was awesome…..I’m hooked! We went with our new Canadian buddy Mike and had a blast. Check out all the pics of us scaling the walls. Yesterday we stumbled upon another dance festival but this one was high school kids performing at the rugby fan zone. Not exactly EPHS state team material but still fun to watch After the dancing, we watched the U.S. beat Russia at rugby. Yup, the U.S. does actually have a rugby team and they are holding their own at the world cup. Who knew?
I have also finally admitted to myself what everyone else already knew – I am not a 19-year old backpacker (or 22 or 25 for that matter). Shocking, I know. But it is helping me deal with the idea that this is really a fantastic holiday and to enjoy all the experiences. How many times do you get to do something like this? (Bobby interjecting, “rhetorical statement kids”) Once in a lifetime so I figure we better enjoy it. At least that is what I am telling myself each time we go to nice restaurants or splurge for a fancy hotel! (And yes Chris, that means I take back all the jokes I made about you staying in that hotel in Amsterdam.) Here is to living in the moment and enjoying the experience!
Hit up the Wellington Botanical Gardens the other day. To get there you take an old cable car up the bluffs (wicked). Great views of the city. On top are the gardens and planetarium. On Saturday we plan to go back and look through the telescope. T-minus 3 days until Singapore. Then 3 days after that the Tibet / Mount Everest trek begins! 17,600 feet above sea level here we come. Everest itself is 29,000 feet, so we are barely scratching the surface, but C-C-C-Crazyyyyy! For perspective the highest peak in the rockies is 14,440 feet (Mount Elbert – per Google). Check ya on the flip side cats. Cheers
Last night we met up with Gemma our friend we met in Woodburn, Australia at our first Work-away. Gemma introduced us to a couple new friends Jon and Sam, also kids from Wales. We hit up a Welsh pub called the Red Dragon. The bar was a converted public bathroom in the middle of the street. Yup, you heard me right. I’d say it had the coziness of Astor Cafe with the cleanliness of Sportsmans on Como. All the law kids remember Sportsmans…..yup that clean. With that, I’d stick with Astor Cafe. After that, we painted the town red and the girls got some photo shots at the giant umbrella. Today we had our first hail storm in the city, so we’ve been hiding inside at different locations around the city. Cheer.
N.Zed (they don’t say “z” here – it is “zed” instead) has gone rugby crazy. We hit up the opening game at Eden Park and it was awesome! The queues were out of control but they let people buy 4 beers at a time so that made everyone a bit happier than otherwise would be expected. We almost caused some new friends real concern when we asked about 3.2 beer. They were appalled that anywhere would water down beer at a sporting event! The opening ceremony was definitely a theatrical performance. There was a white projection sheet across the entire field that was used to display images of the world, rugby union stuff and Maori artwork. Before the game started both teams performed a haka, which is a traditional Maori war dance and was awesome. Once the game started no one left their seats until halftime. The All Blacks came out ahead and beat Tonga 41-10. After the game we did not make the trek downtown to brave the party but from the looks of all the broken glass the next day, it was a wild time and the party was still going strong. Go All Blacks!
Yesterday we said farewell to WA2 and are back in Auckland. Debra couldn’t resist a photo with the hot set of wheels in a true “look at me with my high school car” pose. We’ll be in Auckland until Sunday, then on the Wellington for a week. Tonight is……..wait for it…….The Rugby World Cup Opening Game!!!!! Yup, in the true fashion of Bobby, we have started the pre-party at 10:00am here. Some would go to the bar, others have cocktails in the sun and tail-gate. Nope, not this kid, I spent the morning shredding a couple months of receipts with hand scissors. Just look at the B.B. and A.B. (before bobby & after bobby) shots. The camera is charged and it should be a crazy good game. The pre-show starts at 7:30pm and the last band is playing at 3:00am….bring it on kiddos. Cheers.
Today we made our way from New Plymouth to Raglan and stopped at Mount Taranaka and the Waitomo Glow Worm Caves. As we approached the mountain, we experienced something we had hope to not see in at least 6 more months…….snow. Yup, the mountain was full of it and little Bobby was wearing his flip flops. Just look at my face of disgusts. And yes, the sun was in my eyes for both pictures.
We a took a glow worm cave tour that started with a walk through the caves then a boat ride. Very cool in deed. Long and short of it is these bugs live on the roof of caves and hang these “lines” out to attract bugs. The lines glow in the dark to attract the bugs and then they become larger bugs that look like giant mosquitos. Kind of reminds us of home a bit . We’re making a pit stop back at Whangarei tomorow due to the Indian Embassy accidentally sending our passports to a past work-a-way location. The drive will be about 7 hours, so a trip down memory lane from the outback and W.A. (our old van). Cheers and hope everyone enjoyed the long holiday weekend in the U.S.
What’s it like to live out of a backpack? The answer depends on when you ask the question. Some days it is the most liberating thing to only have what you can carry and be free to wander where ever you want. But there are days when all you want are things that are at home in a storage unit, most often your bed but also clothes because wearing the same thing for over 4 months gets a little old. Luckily the days of wanting your bed are few and far between. Most of the time I am simply amazed that this is actually my life – that Rob and I really are just roaming around living it up and experiencing whatever comes our way.
I was worried before we left that I would be bored and not know what to do with all my spare time but of course that has not been the case. The extra time has allowed me the chance to explore more things and remember what it is I enjoy. Before I never knew what to write under the “other interests” section of a resume because I felt like all I had time for was school and then work (and also because I think that has no place in a resume but that is not really the point of this post). But now my list of “other interests” (for me – not a resume) goes on and on – yoga, meditating, learning about new cultures, reading, camping, writing, photography, hiking, nature, swimming, good food, singing cheesy songs on road trips, craft beer, music, dancing, pedal biking, snorkeling, and the list keeps growing. I’m excited to see what else gets added to the list as our journey continues. And I’m also really excited to make a stop back to the U.S. in October so my parents can bring me new clothes from storage!