Archive for March, 2007

Sixth Letter from New Zealand

Wednesday, March 28th, 2007

February 26-March 4, 2007 I hiked up to school in the morning all togged out in my suit and tie. It’s a pretty steep climb up through the park; I’m glad it was morning before the heat of the day set in or I’d have been a right sweaty mess! The building was easy to […]

Fifth Letter from New Zealand

Wednesday, March 28th, 2007

February 23-25, 2007 Friday was moving-in day to our new home in Auckland. We found to our relief and delight that the apartment was slightly larger, had even better views and was even more convenient to everything than we’d remembered. Also, the university had arranged to pay the $1600 security deposit directly and would receive […]

Fourth Letter from New Zealand

Sunday, March 18th, 2007

February 16-22, 2007 Outside the backpackers inn where we had breakfast after our long night in the forest there was a fleet of small planes loading up and taking off for scenic tours of the mountains and the fjordland areas. That’s something we definitely want to do while we’re here, although it is expensive. The […]

Third Letter from New Zealand

Sunday, March 18th, 2007

February 14-15, 2007 After a major full-calorie-load English breakfast (two fried eggs, bacon, sausage, hash browns, mushrooms and fried tomatoes, plus toast with butter and marmalade – MOO!) we started driving on down the west coast of the South Island. There’s really only one basic two-lane road south and most of the many, many bridges […]

Second Letter from New Zealand

Saturday, March 3rd, 2007

February 12-13, 2007 Off Monday morning by Air New Zealand to Wellington, the capital city located down on the bottom end of the North Island. “It’s built on seven hills,” our native seatmate said, adding that his mother claims to have walked all eight of them! The city climbs up fairly abruptly from the harbor […]

Greetings from New Zealand!

Saturday, March 3rd, 2007

February 10, 2007 “Green” was the first word that came to my mind; “lush” is the word our friend and host Tom Agee said he thought of when first saw the country. Tom sold his ad agency in Virginia and moved out here a quarter of a century ago. Now he and Margaret live in […]