Friday, February 22, 2013

Vacation By Committee

We had left our host family home in our rental car headed for Cook Strait so we could enjoy crossing the strait on the famous ferry service that has been there for decades.  Our GPS kept telling us to turn right so we basically went in circles for an hour or so.

We were tired and probably suffering from jet lag right there.  Everyone had a different idea on how to get out of our predicament.  Perry was just doing what he was told but I am sure he was getting frustrated, too.  Finally he looked back at us and asked if this was vacation by committee?

I had to laugh.  Sarah and I had tried to find a suitable trip for us to explore South America and maybe see some soybean and other crop production down there.  Nothing came up that looked like a good value for the cost.  So, we had agreed this trip down under was the best "bang for the buck" and we all wanted to see the places on the itinerary.  And now we were lost.

It didn't last very long, it just seemed like a long time.  That is what traveling in New Zealand and Australia is like.  You don't measure how far it is to your destination, you estimate the time it will take to get there.  The roads are mostly two lane and curvy and often hilly, especially in New Zealand.

Crossing the strait turned out to be the biggest ordeal of our trip.  Now it seems small.  The ferry service has a new ship with ecologically friendly computerized diesel engines.  They went down and the trip at 2:30 pm didn't leave harbor until 7:30 pm.  1000 passengers plus cars and trucks were stranded for those 5 hours as we waited for another ship to cross the strait.  It was dark when we crossed so any pictures were out.

Everyone wants to know what else is different down under?  The main thing we see is they don't treasure disposal junk we Americans buy like we do.  They live simpler lives because their living expense is about 1.3 to 1.4 times greater than ours.  You don't see WalMart or Lowe's everywhere like you do here.  Glenys might wear a $300 wool sweater where LuAnn might have 3 $100 sweaters.  Basic life down under is different, similar to ours but different.

Vacation by committee worked out very well.  We travelled with two seasoned travelers like ourselves with similar values, experience and goals.  There was more security in our group of four than just a couple traveling by themselves.

I slept until almost 8 this morning.  LuAnn woke up at 5:30 AM which is good for her work though she doesn't normally work Fridays.  We are getting back into our natural biological state but it takes time.  Each person processes it differently and you have to think ahead and allow yourself time to adjust and not jump into things like you normally would do.

I felt great yesterday from 2 AM until almost noon.  Then I got nauseous as the afternoon went by.  I finally succumbed to a nap after 3 PM and I awoke when LuAnn got home from work at 4:30.  We ate some veggies then went to Frisch's for dinner and went to our evening meetings.  We were able to stay awake until 10 and slept good all night.  I feel better today but still have a headache.

Things are getting better day by day.  It's been a week since we started to leave Australia and 50 hours to get home which really messed with our biological clocks.

Now if we cold just get our house back from remodeling.

Ed

3 comments:

  1. Don't know about the rest of the cost of life, but I noticed that in Oz and NZ, the price of DVDs and BDs is just exorbitant, there are a few great movies that are still in my To Buy list because I just couldn't splurge USD 40-50 for a movie. So I'll check amazon from time to time to see when/if they are distributed in the U.S.

    The Pacific Northwest is a bad place to "heal" from timezone lag, as they recommend to follow the natural sun cycle, i.e. be outdoors during daylight and indoors at night, but there hasn't been much sun around for months...

    ReplyDelete
  2. Hungry Jack is their Burger King and a meal was around $15 in comparison to our $7 or so. Fuel was $1-$1.70 per liter times 3.7 to compare to the the $3.49 per gallon we just filled up with.

    The sun is up here now at 7 AM and it wasn't pitch dark until almost 7 PM last night so I think we are adjusting about as well as we can.

    Ed

    ReplyDelete

  3. タオバオ代行:http://jpdaikou.rigouwang.com
    タオバオ代行:http://www.86daikou.com
    タオバオ代行:http://www.tbdaikou.com
    タオバオ代行:http://www.daikounabi.com
    タオバオスズキ:http://www.タオバオスズキ.com
    タオバオ代行なび:http://www.タオバオ代行なび.com
    タオバオ代行王:http://www.タオバオ代行王.biz
    タオバオ仕入れ:http://www.タオバオ仕入れ.com
    タオバオ購入方法:http://www.タオバオ購入方法.com
    タオバオ個人輸入:http://www.タオバオ個人輸入.com
    タオバオ使い方:http://www.タオバオ使い方.com
    タオバオ日本語:http://www.タオバオ日本語.com
    タオバオ代行業者:http://www.タオバオ代行業者.com
    タオバオ代行格安:http://www.タオバオ代行格安.com
    タオバオ代行隊:http://www.タオバオ代行隊.com
    タオバオ出品代行:http://www.タオバオ出品代行.net
    タオバオ購入代行:http://www.タオバオ購入代行.com
    タオバオ代行達人:http://www.タオバオ代行達人.com
    タオバオ代行評価:http://www.タオバオ代行評価.com
    タオバオ代行金:http://www.タオバオ代行金.com
    タオバオ代行早い:http://www.タオバオ代行早い.com
    タオバオ代行支払い:http://www.タオバオ代行支い.com
    タオバオ代行センター:http://www.タオバオ代行センター.com
    タオバオ代行送料:http://www.タオバオ代行送料.com
    タオバオ代行なび:http://www.タオバオ代行なび.com
    タオバオ購入:http://www.タオバオ購入.com
    タオバオ代行便:http://www.タオバオ代行便.com
    タオバオ代行新幹線:http://www.タオバオ代行新幹線.com
    中国タオバオ:http://www.中国タオバオ.com
    タオバオ出品:http://www.タオバオ出品.com
    タオバオスズキ:http://www.タオバオスズキ.com
    タオバオ出店代行:http://www.タオバオ出店代行.com
    中国代行:http://www.中国代行.net
    中国タオバオ代行:http://www.中国タオバオ代行.com
    中国ネットショッピング:http://www.中国ネットショッピング.com
    taobao代行:http://www.taobao代行.com
    タオバオ代行:http://www.tbdaikou.com
    タオバオ代行:http://www.daikounabi.com
    タオバオ代行比較:http://www.タオバオ代行比較.biz/

    タオバオ代行王:http://www.xn--kcka5d7c415sy78bum4a.biz
    タオバオ代行なび:http://www.xn--q9js7na7hpe397wl8zf.com
    タオバオスズキ:http://www.xn--kckaj1cf0a4j.com
    タオバオ仕入れ:http://www.xn--pbkzca6f0d581uh0d.com
    タオバオ購入方法:http://www.xn--kcka5d7cs03uerza9nkkv6d.com
    タオバオ個人輸入:http://www.xn--kcka5d7cx04s0wbivdu93r.com
    タオバオ使い方:http://www.xn--n8j7ka6f0d596ubs6a.com
    タオバオ日本語:http://www.xn--kcka5d7c6788acvb2w6i.com
    タオバオ代行業者:http://www.xn--kcka5d7c415syj7a2b7ak3n.com
    タオバオ代行格安:http://www.xn--kcka5d7c415sd4pgkudu2d.com
    タオバオ代行隊:http://www.xn--kcka5d7c415sr81eh3ua.com
    タオバオ出品代行:http://www.xn--kcka5d7c415su4dhwfbq9j.net
    タオバオ購入代行:http://www.xn--kcka5d7c415sbfdbr1kh3h.com
    タオバオ代行達人:http://www.xn--kcka5d7cx04s9ga9787a7on.com
    タオバオ代行評価:http://www.xn--kcka5d7c415su6an73vdod.com
    タオバオ代行金:http://www.xn--kcka5d7c415sr81eo6n.com
    タオバオ代行早い:http://www.xn--n8j7ka6f0d922u2x7adr7c.com
    タオバオ代行支払い:http://www.xn--n8j7ka6f0d922uvp2a30epl6g.com
    タオバオ代行センター:http://www.xn--kcka5cnd3hqlrcx049af8xg.com
    タオバオ代行送料:http://www.xn--kcka5d7c415syq2au04c84m.com
    タオバオ代行なび:http://www.xn--q9js7na7hpe397wl8zf.com
    タオバオ購入:http://www.xn--kcka5d7cs03uez0e.com
    タオバオ代行便:http://www.xn--kcka5d7c415szcbn94t.com
    タオバオ代行新幹線:http://www.xn--kcka5d7c415s9stnrl870cswt.com
    中国タオバオ:http://www.xn--kcka5d7c800s0bl.com
    タオバオ出品:http://www.xn--kcka5d7cz17u5qd.com
    タオバオスズキ:http://www.xn--kckaj1cf0a4j.com
    タオバオ出店代行:http://www.xn--kcka5d7c415su4d2v0ari0f.com
    中国代行:http://www.xn--fiq2qv4rxl7c.net
    中国タオバオ代行:http://www.xn--kcka5d7c800sl5ax39ao76g.com
    中国ネットショッピング:http://www.xn--qckn9abx2a7c4ioe8315abjua.com
    taobao代行:http://www.xn--taobao-ux8ig330b.com
    タオバオ代行:http://www.tbdaikou.com
    タオバオ代行:http://www.daikounabi.com
    タオバオ代行比較:http://www.xn--kcka5d7c415sekzbuw3b7hl.biz/

    ReplyDelete