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Memorable times in Palmerston North too! 

Who would have thought that we’d be spending the night at a Hobbit’s house!!??  Well, Steve isn’t actually a hobbit, per se, but he did play the role in the infamous Lord of the Rings film trilogy.

I'm not, actually, a big fan of these movies, but I have to admit that it was an honor to have met this gentleman!  A neat experience, no doubt.

Arnaud was absolutely amazed and thrilled to be up-close and personal with our "hobbit" friend, Steve. 

It was fun being able to hang out with someone who played in an actual Hollywood blockbuster, indeed, but I would have to say that it was even better getting to know the individual himself.  Steve was awesome, and his family was pretty cool as well!

I, personally, really enjoyed having been able to learn about the various Maori traditions.

Palmerston North, New Zealand - Steve, aka "The Hobbit" and Arnaud
 

You see, Steve’s wife, Jenny, is of Maori origin, and so was kind enough to share her culture with us that evening. 

Really interesting to hear about the traditions the family practices and maintains. 

We had the pleasure of holding an actual Wooden Maori 21st Key, which is given to Maoris on their 21st birthday, and illustrates the family’s origins through its carvings.

Loved the time we spent together, being exposed to such passion is always fascinating!!

Si vous vous posez la question, est-ce que c’est vraiment un « HOBBIT » dans « Le Seigneur des Anneaux » ?

Et bien oui, j’ai eu l’honneur de me faire prendre en stop et inviter chez un hobbit. C’était vraiment quelque chose de surréaliste.

Palmerston North, New Zealand - Evening with the Jenkins family

J’arrivais pas à enlever le sourire de ma bouche, et j’arrive toujours pas à y croire. Il m’a montré les scènes où il était. Son fils jouait aussi, mais c’était un « Orc » un méchant !!

Quand je rentrerais, je vous montrerais si vous avez le film.

Pour ceux qui ce pose la question c’est quoi le morceau de bois que tient ce jeune barbu ?

C’est un cadeau d’anniversaire, qui représente l’histoire de sa famille, sa mère étant Maori, c’est une tradition pour les 21 ans.

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