I think that pjthompson put it well in her last email to me when she said that mana_trini and I are probably suffering from seeing too many great things. It does make it harder to appreciate the new and wonderful when you've just spent the last couple of months meeting other kinds of new and wonderful.
melinda_goodin , the blackwater rafting was great. The glowworms are my favorite thing about New Zealand so far. I could have sat in that cave all day just marveling at them. It was like being a 3D planetarium. Fantastic. The abseiling and rock-climbing were good, too, but the glowworms...wow!
No, frigg , we didn't go see The Shire. It's been largely reverted to what it was before--a sheep farm--and no longer resembles the charming, cozy film set. We did drive by Mount Doom today though. :)
Wrong though it certainly is, Julien and I both feel like our real New Zealand holiday is going to begin once we get to South Island. That's when I expect the love to seize me. :)
We'll ferry over on the 16th, and on the 17th or 18th, I shall AT LAST! get to meet my dear friend Sharon* face to face!
(Hello, Robin and Katie! Glad the anonymous commenter has finally been identified. Hope you are well. Give our love to Tom and your parents.)
* She does have an LJ account -- slmcgaw -- but she never posts. :P