Fizzy Lifting Drinks

Fizzy Lifting Drinks
Originally uploaded by Mac Girl.

I know that I’ve sort of abandoned the blog. That’s no ones fault by my own. By the middle of our trip I realized that I was spending far too much time messing about with my photos and not enough time relaxing, and that’s bad. So I put the photos and the blog on hold. But now we’re back and I have time… finally! Stay tuned, there’s more to come.

We now return you to your regularly-scheduled travel blog…..

One of the [many, many] things that I love about New Zealand is their choice of beverage. Everywhere we went Coke was on the menu. I think we saw a few Pepsi bottles once and by then it shocked us a bit. We hadn’t seen Pepsi in days by then and the blue bottles stuck out like a sore thumb.

This explains why, when the stewardess on the Air New Zealand plane that took us from Sydney to Wellington asked what I wanted to drink and I said “Pop, please!” she gave me the blankest look that I’ve seen in a long time. It’s “Coke.” That’s all. That’s what you ask for. “Coke” means “pop” because its often the only cola on the menu, and that’s true almost everywhere.

I couldn’t be happier! I had litres of it while I was there, and got lots of photos of my favorite beverage in bottles, in glasses, and on signs.


Slow Down!!!

Speed Camera Area
Originally uploaded by multitrack.

WOW! It’s Sunday night already (that’s Sunday morning 3am-ish for you Michigan folk) and our trip is almost over. So much for keeping a daily travel blog, eh? 🙂

We’ve both been taking a HUGE number of photos though… and there’s a story behind that. Duane borrowed our good friend Terry’s little Canon point & shoot for the trip and started taking photos and liked it a lot. Then Jim, our wonderful host, offered to lend him his old Panasonic and he got the shutterbug. He got it BAD. So bad that he has a brand new Canon Rebel XT on order and it should be waiting at the office for us on Monday.

Yeah, THAT bad! 🙂

Let’s see, what’s happened… We’ve been introduced to “real” fish and chips (not the heavily battered, greasy stuff we get at home, no, this lightly battered and crispy around the edges… perfection!) and taken day trips to the Rumataka Mountains, Paekakariki, Foxton, and Bulls. We’ve also been all over the city, we’ve met Wellington Flickr Group members and some of Jim’s extended family.

I’m now thoroughly convinced that there are no unfriendly kiwis. Thoroughly convinced. Everyone has been wonderfully welcoming and generous, even when we’ve had little cross-cultural misunderstandings (Never call it ‘pop’, you’ll get a blank stare. Instead, call it Coke.) everyone has been patient, if amused.

Tomorrow everyone here goes back to work and school, and Duane and I strike out on our own to tour the city. More pictures will undoubtedly ensue.

Cheers, mates!