Frank has given us the theme of Travel today for his photo challenge.
I’ve never liked to travel anywhere on my own, always afraid I’d get lost, miss my stop on the bus/train etc, so going to NZ on my own to see Bro in 2010 was a big thing for me.
This is Bro and me on our fishing trip. I caught the only snapper, which was also the first catch of the day, and I’d never been fishing before!
My sister in law saw to it that I saw a lot of her beautiful country, taking me on mini treks, had some traditional food, saw a traditional concert, and I stayed with a friend in Napier who I had come to know through my job as a credit controller and she was ‘the other side’ on purchase ledger and so settled the account. It was she who took me to the park with all those magnificent black swans.
On my own I took a 7 day trip using the Overlander Train, which was 12 hours from Auckland to Wellington where I stayed in a hostel. The following day I caught the ferry across to Picton on South Island watching the dolphins play in the wake, and stayed there for a night. The day after I caught another train to Kaikoara where I spent two nights and took in a whale watch (wonderful!!). From there I went to Christchurch and another two night stay as I had a trip included to Greymouth. This was shortly after the first earthquake had struck and I was in two minds whether to go, but was glad I did.
Then it was a return trip to Picton to catch the ferry back to Wellington and another night’s stay, the following day returning to Auckland on the Overlander Train.
This is the rainbow over the spit at the end of Bro’s road.
I’d love to go back, but in the current situation it’s impossible.