I managed to crush my left little finger in the heavy door to our balcony, but I reacted so fast that the damage was minimal. I can still hit that “a” without pain.
We have reached Auckland, our final destination, as the crew likes to put it, and will be disembarking in about an hour. We have a few hours to spend here before we catch our flight to Brisbane. As with all the New Zealand towns we’ve seen, with the exception of Christchurch, everything seems brand new and shiny. There is a tower here that looks like a hypodermic needle (photo) I guess every important city needs its iconic thing.
[I have forgotten what we did there, aside from catching the plane to Brisbane.]
Last night our Scientific American group finally felt safe enough to warm up to each other. We had a nice celebration in the dining room for one of the party who turned 80. How old, I thought, not remembering for the moment that I’m only a few years younger! Apart from losing a day and half to illness, we can say this has been a great trip, exceeding all expectations, as they say.
Now we know the following: The Hawaiian Airlines flight from Honolulu to Sydney is around 9 ½ hours but virtually painless. Sydney is fascinating and deserves a week, at least. Hobart, Tasmania, is wonderful, and we so much enjoyed our outing with the tour guide, especially the hike to the falls there. Zoos (or animal shelters) and botanical gardens were a great pleasure. The big advantage of cruises is that you don’t get travel weary. The advice Jaykaym shared about what to pack in the way of clothing was right on. Like her, I found that I could have left a few items at home.
I washed everything by hand. These were light, fast drying garments. My method was to use the shower detergent, wash, rinse and wring out by twisting the garment around a handhold, then wrapping in a towel. There was a handy pull-out clothesline in the bathroom. So this meant I always had clean and decent looking and appropriate, if simple, things to wear. I don’t dress up anyway.
The skin on my legs did break out and itch like crazy from the harsh detergents and bleach the ship’s laundry used. That seems to be unavoidable. I think next time we do this I’ll get one of those sleeping sacks that you can wrap around yourself.
Fussing and fretting about where to stay, where to eat and what to wear were not features of this trip! We bought nothing but took a lot of photos.
Tomorrow I will post about Brisbane and our visit to our friends there and show more art works, ceramics, etc.