Thursday, 6 October 2016

Kia ora*!

Seven hours by car, 14 hours by plane, and a three-hour lay-over in Australia later, and we're finally in beautiful New Zealand! The lush,  green vegetation and cool, cloudy days are in stark contrast to the drought-stricken Kalahari that we've become accustomed to, and yes: My hairdo exploded into a humid, frizzy mess the minute we stepped off the plane.



Our travels went really well: Both Miss K and J Bear slept for the largest part of our flights, with only the occasional whine and kicking of a fellow passenger's seat requiring The Stern Eye.  We even had a lady come up to us after our Sydney flight to say how well-behaved the kids were - hashtag crazy thankful, exhausted mama.


Through either good planning or incredible luck I also managed to bring two of my favourite things (apart from the kids, of course) on the plane with us to New Zealand: The double jogging stroller and my foam roller - wahoo!  No, customs wasn't impressed and yes, we had the hugest pile of luggage/stuff in the history of modern travel, but we're all here (thanks to the help of an incredibly kind Maori police officer, who helped me haul the modest masses through customs and security) and that's all that matters.  Phew.

Seeing Will again for the first time in three months was every bit as sweet as I imagined it would be: The kids just couldn't believe their eyes and I'm pretty sure that J Bear chatted for four hours straight.  It's gooood to be back together.



We've spent the last day or three catching up, finding our feet, meeting some incredibly caring fellow Saffas and, of course, scouting out the route to our nearest parkrun...  



Come on, Saturday!


*'Kia ora' is a Maori greeting, used as a casual "hi!", which literally means "be well/healthy".


6 comments:

  1. So glad to hear all went well. One day you'll be changing the top banner on this blog for other mountains.

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    1. Thanks so much, Mark. I was thinking about the top banner as well... One day when we're ready :).

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    2. Ooo jinne my hart, ek het gewag en wag vir hierdie post! Soooo bly die reis het goed afgeloop, jy is amazing verby! En tog so dankbaar dat die spannetjie van 4 weer saam is. Nou vir al die nuwe avonture! Ai, kan nie help om julle te mis nie, ons ken mos nou niks van jul nuwe omgewing nie. Moenie worry oor die hare nie, ek had dieselle vrese/ondervinding gehad met Swakop maar die hare sort hulself gou uit. Skryf tog gereeld asb Serie, ons wil als sien en hoor! Baie baie liefdes xxx

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    3. Aaaaaag, dankie vir die liefde en die saammaak, Saar - waardeer jou so! Alles voel nog baie onwerklik, soos dit mos maar werk, maar dis sooooo heerlik om weer bymekaar te wees. Willie het more afgekry by die werk, so dan kan ons behoorlik saam begin verken :) . Lief jou baie! xxxx

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  2. Wishing you all the best Karien in New Zealand. We are visiting Perth for a week and will do Parkrun here on Saturday!

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    1. Thanks so much, Kate - I sincerely appreciate it! Have a fantastic time in Perth - will be thinking of you on Saturday! X

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