Posts Tagged ‘travel’

Stocking up on supplies

July 28, 2010

We’ve started stocking up on supplies to take to Argentina.  Nappies, wipes, baby food.  Mum also bought me the nice white tracksuit because she thought it would be comfortable on long plane and car trips.  I’m just looking at the colour of this food and thinking… how long will my new tracksuit be white?

Argentina accommodation

July 25, 2010

Check this out… this is going to be my bed when we’re in Argentina.  I love it!  It’s complete with air mattress, sleeping bag and zip up windows with mosquito nets.  Mum helped me set it up in the living room (which only takes a minute) so I could inspect it.  Trumpet and I played in it this afternoon and we concluded that it’s going to be very comfortable.

And look how small it folds down to.  It will fit in Mum’s suitcase and will only use about a kilo of her weight allowance (as modelled by Papi, who looks a bit grumpy because he was modelling in the middle of an online chess tournament).

Bye, bye New Zealand

April 9, 2010

We’ve made it safely home but I thought there should be one last post of our New Zealand trip.  It’s a couple of photos that make me happy.  One is of the New Zealand country side (with cows!) and the other is of me taking a nap with the lamb Abuela gave me.  Both remind me of singing ‘Old McDonald’ on the car trips – My Dad and Iggy are uncannily good at making animal noises!


Auckland in Autumn

April 8, 2010

Our last day in New Zealand and Auckland turned on a stunning Autumn day for us – perfect for heading down to the harbour.  We took the ferry from Devonport to downtown Auckland, strolled up Queen Street to the Sky Tower, before heading back across the harbour to Devonport for a late lunch at the Stone Oven and a stroll around the shops.  It was perfect weather for the Sky Tower which is New Zealand’s tallest building.  We opted out of doing the SkyWalk, SkyJump (like the girl in the last picture) or going to the revolving restaurant and just enjoyed the 360° view from the sky deck.

View from the ferry from Devonport to Auckland city

Inner city Auckland

Checking out the port, harbour bridge and the north shore from the Sky Tower

Watching a girl doing the SkyJump from the Sky Tower

Bush walk full of surprises

April 7, 2010

Waitakaruru Arboretum and Scultpure Park seemed a nice way to get some fresh air before our car ride back up to Auckland.  Well… what a pleasant surprise that plan turned out to be, with our only disappointment that we didn’t allow nearly enough time.  The park, built on an old quarry site, is now a 42 acre garden of winding tracks meandering through beautiful bush land and showing off spectacular views of New Zealand country side.  Best of all, alongside the 2km bush trail is New Zealand’s most extensive sculpture gallery.  There’s even a little café there – unfortunately we didn’t get time to sit down for a coffee.  With the gallery changing several times a year it is on our “must do” list when we return to the Waikato.

Legacy of Change

Bird Totems

Solitude

Tuitagaloa and Rongo

Parlez Lentement

Changing Face

Good Friday in pictures

April 2, 2010

Four generations

Great Grandma and me meeting for the first time

Daddy and me making a wish on the big chair at Black Rock

Walking around the rocks from Thorne Bay to Takapuna

Looking out at Rangitoto Island

Under a Pohutakawa by the sea in Takapuna

No more sleeps

April 1, 2010

Finally, there are no more sleeps to wait and we’re just about to leave for the airport.  Mum has spent the entire day checking her lists, checking the weather, organising warm clothes for me, checking her lists again, packing, unpacking, repacking into a bigger suitcase, one last check of the lists – lucky for her she has me to help.  New Zealand, here we come!

Hank

March 31, 2010

This is me and Hank.  Hank is coming to New Zealand with us so when I go to bed in places I don’t know I still have something with me that is familiar.  (I met a baby that takes their own sheets so the bed smells the same as at home, and another friend took their cot mobile travelling with them).  I’m happy Hank will be with me.  It’s very cuddly and all the different coloured tags feel different too.  I was given Hank by my friends Noa and Henry who both have their own Hank because their grandma makes them.  Only one more sleep until we’re in New Zealand.  Hooray!

Chocolate eggs and bunnies (oh, and carrots)

March 26, 2010

Only 6 more sleeps and we’ll be in New Zealand!  In preparation, Mum and I went on a special shopping trip for Easter treats.  I chose the little dark chocolate eggs for Dad because that’s his favourite kind of chocolate; the kissing chocolate bunnies are for my aunty and her boyfriend; the big chocolate egg is for my great grandma; and the chocolate carrots are for abuela, because she likes to eat healthily.

Farmers’ Markets

March 24, 2010

The Farmers’ Markets were on in the city today and Mum and I went a little crazy with the shopping:  strawberries and figs (which I think Mum has finished already), Shepard avocadoes, Royal Gala apples, a couple of persimmon, cheese and gourmet olives.  I think we visited almost every stall.  I was so tired at the end of our expedition that I fell asleep on the way home and slept most of the afternoon.