Friday, November 5, 2010

It's apparently Saturday...

And we're safe and sound in New Zealand!

We landed around 7 a.m. and were greeted on the tarmac by a glorious rainbow. No kidding.

Arrival in New Zealand

We were also greeted (after a painfully long wait at customs) by Will's dad, Bill, who snapped the above picture as we came through the gate.

From what I've seen so far of New Zealand, it's clearly a place that is hard to put into words. Equally difficult is trying to explain what we've seen today through my jet-lagged haze.

To put it briefly:

1) We had a very, very long journey to Auckland. We arrived at 7 a.m. on what I thought was Friday but in New Zealand is actually Saturday, so we lost a day in transit.
2) New Zealand's trees, flowers and general vegetation are unlike anything I've seen in Europe or North America.
3) Kiwi accents are adorable, charming and very difficult to understand when you're exhausted.
4) The landscapes are surreal.
5) Did I mention how long we were traveling for?

I'll update tomorrow with photos of this beautiful place and (hopefully) a more coherent, thoughtful post.

Cheers to all!


  1. Can't wait to see pictures...and show them to the kiddos :)

  2. Hey you're both smiling!Glad to see you've conquered the first leg!

  3. Greetings from Durham! The blog looks great!

  4. @ Deb: pics are finally posted!
    @ Kris: thanks for the love!
    @ Anon: the first leg was so intense... it's nice to be in one place for now, thanks for visiting :)
    @ Deb (will's mom): Hey!! thanks for visiting!

  5. Ah, to be young and on such an adventure! I shall live vicariously through your blog for a few months. Carpe diem for all of us back home.
    Barbara Dinas

  6. Realized the post I just saw was not your first naturally I had to come back and start from the beginning! Hope all's well!


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