This is quite a long post, so bear with me!
Yesterday at 6.30am, we left Blenheim to catch an 8am boat, and to drive back to Tauranga. We stopped in Palmerston North, Whanganui, and Ratihi to see family and friends, and to visit my pop's grave. We didn't get home until 1am! The highlight of the trip was dinner at Burger King in Turangi at 10.30pm, when two drunk girls came in and sung their orders, and one wouldn't let the other eat until she had sung her a song! So hilarious, and they actually had the most beautiful voices. We couldn't stop laughing with them!
|I found this awesome old Cadbury chocolates tin at the Picton Second Hand shop for $10! I love it!|
|The morning of our trip home - this is at about 5.30am yesterday.|
|The view from one of the portholes - leaving Marlborough Sounds on the Blueridge 'Strait Shipping' Ferry to Wellington.|
|The first two photos are of the South Island, and the last of the North.|
|Beautiful Mt Ruapehu. Looked so amazing at this time of night|
|We had the priviledge of having this mountain to gaze upon for a good half-hour or so before the sun went down.|
|A blurry picture of Mt Ngarahoe... I still cannot believe that I climbed it this year! (See pictures below)|
These next photos are from earlier in the year, but I just wanted to take a moment to remember the fun I had on the Youth Search and Rescue camp!
|The first day of the YSAR camp at Tongariro National Park in January|
|Outdoor Pursuit Centre.|
|Joseph at the top of Mt Ngarahoe (day before the accident...)|
|Conquered this mountain!|
|A climbing collage...|
|White water rafting! (I am in the purple helmet). I had to travel with Mad Dog our instructor, as I had injured my wrist the day before, so I struggled to hold the paddle for very long.|
The day before the white-water rafting, we all went on the 42nd Traverse, a 42km mountain bike ride through the Tongariro National Park, and it was so intense! They extended it by a few kms just because they could haha. My gears on my bike screwed up about half way which resulted in many instances where words I would not otherwise use were spoken. And then of course, about 5mins from the finish, my brother's bike's front wheel came off as he was travelling around 50-60km/hr downhill on gravel, resulting in a trip to Waikato Hospital, concussion, loss of memories of the day, and plastic surgery to his face:
|The day of the 42 Traverse + accident.|
|In hospital + visiting Joe for the first time (I continued to stay at the camp for a day after to participate in the rafting)|
Now it is home, sweet home, which means reality is back = I have so much to do! It is 6 weeks on Sunday coming that I leave to Kolkata, and I am getting so excited! I am also beginning to realise just what I am preparing myself for... and it can be quite daunting!
I have started to get a bit emotional when I think of the people I will miss here in NZ, like my family, my close friends and also NZ itself!
I'm dreading the airport farewells, and I just feel sorry for whoever has to sit next to me (I will most likely be sobbing away haha).
Just a quick thank you to a few people:
- to Sandy S, who I used to deliver papers to, for the kind donation I received in the mail yesterday
- to Jonathon W, as he has been where I am going, and is awesome at advice! You should look at his blog - he is going to America in just a couple of weeks to raise awareness about Invisible Children. His blog is here.
- to LIFE Church for a generous donation that is going to help me out dramatically. Please send some prayers its way!
- To Mai L for advice in regards to preparation - her and her husband are currently in India
- To Mark S from IS, for being such an amazing support, and for giving me all the information I could ask for!
- and to my friends/family, and anyone else who has made donations/pledges so far, and also been such a massive support in all of this! I appreciate it all so much.
Anyway, I hope you all have a fantastic few final days of 2011, I can't believe it is almost the new year!