Archives for the month of: June, 2010

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Feb. 14, Valentine’s Day

Fiordland National Park cruising day…but rainy and cold with almost no visibility. Slept in, breakfast buffet, got some throat lozenges because I could feel a cold coming on – probably the same one Dad had been fighting throughout the trip. Went to morning trivia and checked out the ship’s Valentine’s Day decorations…which were INSANE.

Hung out on the sun deck, had the Indian buffet for lunch and saw the guy who looked a lot like Grandpa again. Went to afternoon tea! Afterwards the rain finally let up and we could see the fjords we were cruising through. But of course, the only one we got to see was Milford Sound, which we’d already toured.

Mom and Dad played some ping pong then at dinner, Aunt Linnea and Dad threw down a ping pong challenge! Mom gave our waiter some chocolate for Valentine’s Day and to make it extra special, put it down her shirt first! He thought it was hilarious and was very thankful :)

Feb. 15

Got up early and ran around the top deck and went to exercise class. Captain’s Circle meeting, vegetable-carving demonstration, ship-wide ping pong tournament. Went to tea with Mom, saw the ‘Piano Man’ stage show, watched ‘the Time Traveler’s Wife’ in the main theater, and saw Jack Wilks’ comedy show after dinner.

Feb. 16

Slept in – didn’t feel well. Dad brought me breakfast and I stayed in bed and watched ‘Confessions of a Shopaholic’. Mom brought me soup and then I went up and watched Dad and Aunt Linnea battle it out over ping pong. I did my puzzles outside for awhile and worked on my tan. After dinner, watched ‘the Proposal’ in bed and ate way too many cakes and cookies.

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We ported in Chalmers, and came ashore to a chilly, rainy day. A perfect day for a train ride! We boarded the Taieri Gorge Railway, a historic stretch of the Otago Central Railway, and wound our way through the rocky countryside. Most of the time we followed the Taieri River, dipping into the Taieri Gorge.

The train cars were vintage, and our host and hostess were incredibly kind and entertaining – wonderful ambassadors for their country and completely consistent with the level of kindness and consideration we experienced with every Kiwi.

On board, we sipped mimosas as we watched the countryside glide by, ate a surprisingly delicious box lunch (including wine from Montana, the winery Mom, Dad and I toured!).

After the beautiful train ride we boarded buses and visited Larnach Castle. We had a great guided tour of the house, and heard the sad story of the family who first lived there (read more via the links here). We had time to explore the house and grounds, and I spent a good amount of time on the roof (accessed via a very tight steep stairway) enjoying the near-360° ocean view. The castle and grounds were beautiful and reminded me a bit of Linderhof Palace. Less grand, of course, but a similar feel: grand palace in miniature, beautiful grounds.

That evening we went to Aunt Pat and Uncle Denny’s cabin for wine, and I brought some appetizers from the buffet. From their balcony we could see a bagpiper and drummer playing our farewell down on the dock (Dunedin is very Scottish)! We had dinner in the Santa Fe – I had an AMAZING Thai rice crème brûlée with lime sorbet.

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I have no words.

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van gogh: but you’re not armed!

the doctor: I am.

van gogh: with what?

the doctor: overconfidence, this [pats suitcase], and a small screwdriver – I’m absolutely sorted.

here!

see more of her comics over at her blog. for now, here are links to EVERY ONE OF HER TNG COMICS. you’re welcome, fellow nerds (or picard lovers. sexy sexy patrick stewart mm MM!). example from captain’s holiday:

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from Lost Moon Radio, episode 5.

more here

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kara: i had a dream i had an ipad and was a reading a magazine on it and it was awesome

kara: sadly, i hear magazines are so far not awesome on the ipad

eric: yeah

eric: people are still figuring it out

eric: guess it started off better than the web though

eric: early web pages were hilarious

kara: true

kara: i mean, i should be able to switch to ‘paperless’ subscriptions on my current magazines, just like i can opt out of paper statements for my credit card and other bills

eric: haha, the publishing industry is so far away from being able to figure that out

eric: the whole thing is like this incredibly brittle porcelain vase being propped up by lots of crossed fingers & old money

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We ported in Lyttleton and took buses into Christchurch. Aunt Pat, Uncle Denny, Mom, Dad and I loaded into a little jetboat and had a hair-raising trip down the Waimakariri River, or the ‘Waimack’ as the locals call it. The boats only draft a few inches when they get going, so we skimmed along the shallow, rocky-bottomed river with no trouble, even though sometimes it _looked_ like we’d be in trouble! The pilot was really nice, and did a lot of 360°s for us. It. Was. Awesome! We also ran into some men scouting out the river for the annual race that starts in the Southern Alps and ends down the Waimakariri.

After jetboating we had tea and cookies up at the meeting house, then took a little bus tour of Christchurch.