|The birthday boy with Cape Brett in the background.|
|How many candles on that cake Brett???|
|Having fun with John and Kathy from Mystic Moon.|
As I sit in Opua trying to get our blog up to date before we leave tomorrow for Fiji, I've spent a lot of time reflecting and reliving our time here in New Zealand. While it's been a little tough to swallow how ridiculously expensive it is here (imagine spending an entire years budget in just 6 months), we've also had some amazing esperiences and cruised in some beautiful areas. I have been truly impressed with the locals we've met here - they are funny and kind, but also will tell you EXACTLY what they think about pretty much anything. No political correctness here - and that's really refreshing! They will not hesitate to invite you into their home and their lives, even when you've just barely met. Again - refreshing!
So while we are now significantly poorer financially for having come to New Zealand, the friends we've made, the places we've seen and the time spent cruising this beautiful north island were worth every penny to me. And while I am very ready to go, I will still miss it here after I'm gone.
|Goodbye New Zealand!|