December 2002 – New Zealand & Australia
Hello. We have crossed the Pacific Ocean to New Zealand and landed back in the English speaking World. Some of our old South American habits died hard and we spent a few days marveling at toilets that can handle toilet tissue and at people queuing in line. Shocks came with the price of cigarettes, transport, rooms and, well, everything really compared to SA.
We spent a short time in New Zealand, travelling to the sunny Bay of Islands area and to sulphurous Rotorua before flying out of Auckland to Sydney on the day of a Papal visit. It wasn’t JP2 though. Another Pope, the head of the Coptic Church in Egypt – the oldest Christian Church in the World – had decided to visit the land of the long white cloud.
In Sydney we did the big tourist things; Bondi, the bridge and the opera house before popping down to Bellambi, near Woolongong, to see a Scottish friend from home.
Nursing hangovers after enjoying their considerable hospitality we raced up the coast via Byron Bay, Hervey Bay, Airlie Beach and sailed and snorkeled around the Whitsunday Islands.
The mining town of Nhulunbuy, on aboriginal land at the Top End, is where we are currently at, visiting another couple of friends that we knew from back home. Tomorrow we’ll throw a couple of prawns on the barbie, open a couple of cold ones, and enjoy Christmas in 95 degree heat.
Site wise we have had a few email problems and have fallen behind with correspondence but hope to catch up soon. Finding an Internet café that accepts laptops has also been difficult in Australia and New Zealand and that has meant that JAB is later than we would have liked. Next month we’re will probably be in Indonesia and hope to produce a special Australia and New Zealand Supplement for the Jobs Abroad Bulletin.
Special thanks this issue to Helen, Peter, Tony, Carolyn, Rebecca and Jessica, among others, who have made us feel very welcome in their homes and to David Toner of Wanderers Travel and the crew on Ozsail’s yacht Mandrake, Gerald, Stacy and Sara.