Monday, February 18, 2013
Around The World in 30 Days!
Last summer our friends in Iowa and I tried to plan a winter trip to South America to see sights and crop production. We couldn't find anything that we would pay that much for but we found a cruise around from Auckland New Zealand to Pearth Australia that we could buy for a good price and see things we have never seen before. We were able to fly around the world for $2300 per person which I think is a great buy for the places it took us.
We saved $1500 per person by flying home through Dubais. Since it is about the same distance and flying the way we came we did that even though we were leery of flying through the Middle East. LuAnn said they don't shoot down their own planes so we flew Emirites from Pearth to Dubais and Dubais to NYC.
That first leg was 10 hours but the last one was 14 hours. That is about as far from Martinsville as I can or care to go. A middle Easterner sat beside me on the way home. He had a red dot on his forehead and I don't know which religion that is but he slept for 14 hours except for 2 meals. The amazing thing is he never got up to go to the bathroom the whole time! LuAnn also said something about camels and that rang true, too.
It was 90 or so when we left Pearth and 17 when we got home around midnight last night. We miss the warmth of the Southern Hemisphere already. The moon sure looks different upside down but so does the toilet when it flushes!
One big thing I noticed is that New Zealand still does not allow GMO seed in their country but they still have those dwarf tassled out corn plants like we do in the states. I wonder if the Entity is down there too even though they are non GMO? I have a contact down there whom I quizzed and his wife works for Pioneer so maybe I will find the answer in due time.
It was hot and dry everywhere we travelled but it never got much over 80 any day we were down under and cooled off to the 50's most places at night. One warning though, your food costs about 40% more everywhere else in the world than here and fuel is about double. NZ diesel though is about the same price as US diesel.
There is so much to tell you I hardly know where to begin.