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|Bay of Islands|
“It’s been a while since I arrived in New Zealand and – geographically speaking – I haven’t gone all that far. Still, I’ve got know a little about Paihia and its winter inhabitants. I have also established an unexpectedly close acquaintance with the ocean in that I am sleeping on it most nights and rowing across it at least twice a day in Bob-short-for-Roberta the dinghy.
In the past three weeks I’ve watched the sunrise almost daily, helped rescue a sinking boat, had a private sitting at the best restaurant in town, body surfed down a huge sand dune (with a bit of unanticipated creek-planing at the end), cleaned a few bathrooms, washed and folded a good bit of linen, cooked and hosted two dinner parties and sailed a 19th century gaff-rig cutter. Oh, and made a few friends.
I’m officially an overstayer now, but I really do leave Northland next week for Brisbane and then onwards to Beijing and Mongolia. If the point of travelling is to experience different lifestyles and settle in to the rhythms of a place, then I’m doing ok.
I may yet return.”