(Rob) Got chatting to a couple of Scottish women in the hostel who were researchers in Mad Cow disease! I was a bit concerned about the size of the whacking great big sausage burgers they were getting down their necks for breakfast!? They were also leaving South Island today and venturing off to Fiji before returning to Edinburgh
(can't be bad eh!!)
(Jan) Must say again about the birds at risk of being boring. They are so tame and while we sat drinking coffee in Akaroa, the sparrows were feeding out of my hand. Before we left Onuku Farm, I went down the back to get a photo and came across a family of Californian grey? quails - 3 adults and lots of chicks on the ground very close. Unfortunately, they blended in too well with the ground to get a decent photo.
We spent Saturday morning in Christchurch doing last bits of shopping for goodies to take home and getting the last photos put on disc. They're all looking good, even the ones from the disposable that went in the lake!
We ate our lunch in the cathedral square sun together with the crowd enjoying the buskers before getting our last efficient shuttle back to the airport. After we checked our bags through, we spent a couple of hours in the Antarctic Centre including an experience of a 'real Antarctic storm' - felt like home on a bad winter's day! The centre was very interesting - not much about explorers, more about the science, geology, wildlife, etc.
Even more last minute shopping at the airport - got some momenos for ourselves before the plane home via Auckland and LA again. Very clear flight all the way although alot in darkness. More people to chat to especially waitin in the endless pointless queues of LA for refuelling.
Landed home 8.45am 18/01/04. Clear skies all the way home! Met a guy (James) at Heathrow
who we flew out with and had now flown back on the same plane . Feels like we completed the circle.