Hello! My name is Aurelia and I am 17 y/o.
As I just gratuaded from high school, I am enjoying my sabbatical for six month together with my father. We stay from 16th July 2015 until 16th January 2016 at different places. Our destinations are: Japan, Singapore, Thailand, Cambodia, Australia, New Zealand, the Cook Islands, French Polynesia, Easter Island, Chile, Texas and the Hawaiian Islands.
Hope you enjoy my stories and pictures from all over the world! All the best - -
Friday, November 27, 2015
Day 120 - ...Hello Aotearoa! (and Hobbiton)
was terrible. While the aircraft was a brand new 787 dreamliner in All Blacks
design, as always the space was to tight for us. As the night flight was 5
hours only, we couldn’t sleep (me at least). Because we flew from Perth to
Auckland, we lost about five more hours, and the night was very short.
Fortunately it wasn’t me who had to drive ;-) I recommend to watch Air New
Zealands safety videos on YouTube, they’re so funny. The New Zealanders are
fanatic of their rugby team (“All Blacks”) and use to hire them for their
airplane safety spots. This time they rapped all the safety information to the
main theme of “Men in Black”. The video was three times longer than regular
ones, but was certainly watched by most.
New Zealand, we had to be checked through again, for biohazard reasons. After
having collected our luggage, we moved on to our rental car and it was just so
freaking cold! The front window looked as it was partially iced, and we could
see our breath. What a shock when you come from the desert?!
stop was a farm close to Matemate, which is better known as Hobbiton! The tour
through the movie set was quite expensive but worth it. I went alone, because
my dad had done the tour exactly eleven months ago... I got to know nice
people, but I unfortunately lost the napkin where the contact details were
written on... Stupid. On the tour we learned that it took two years to build up
the whole village, and it ended up to be used for twelve days only, which is a
pretty short time. Almost everything around the village was real: the veggie garden,
the trees (also the “Party Tree”) etc. The creators made the fences look older
by drowning them in vinegar, so that they would darken, and painting them with
painting color and yoghurt (to grow fungi and lichens). Even the window glasses
were made specially, to have bubbles inside. Unfortunately we didn’t see the
original tree above Bilbo’s house, because it was just out to be “re-leaved”...
In the background the tree being "re-leaved", without branches
The Green Dragon
ended by serving us all a cider or beer (of course I chose my new favorite,
cider) in the “Green Dragon” inn. My dad had to wait about two hours for me,
but he was alright with that. Later he had to wait another hour, because I went
to see the Glowworm Caves in Waitomo (again). I was nearly crying when I
discovered the few places there which I still could remember - I was four when
I visited the cave the first time. We were guided by a Maori woman, a descendant
of one of the first two cave explorers back in the 19th century. The
tour through the dripstone cave was very nice. We learned that there was a
wedding in the so called chapel only three weeks ago, and that on Christmas the
school choirs sang Christmas carols here. In the group after us there was a
singer, so we could listen to the “Hallelujah” that she sung in the chapel, all
in the dark, and it was just breathtaking.
Most of all
I enjoyed the glowworm cave itself. By boat we were tied on a string through
the cave beneath millions of blue green shimmering glowworms. The most
beautiful experience I’ve ever had. More beautiful than every sky full of
stars. Because it lives!
slept in the car during my tour, so he had enough energy to drive to
Taumarunui, where we could have had a Spa pool in our motel, but skipped it
because it was so cold. For some reason the entire village was without a soul,
we even saw a deserted “video store” with a broken window (cliché). Maybe for the
same reason the highway to the West that begins in this village is called
“Forgotten World Highway”...