A Moment to Reflect....

Thames Travel Blog

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Our last night in Thames - with Wada, Fran and Dale - the best of the bunch

After 5 months on the North Island, the time had finally come to embark upon the mighty South.  It was a bittersweet ending to our 'Thames Times'; there had been so many times when we had taken The Coromandal for granted - moaning about its being so quiet and having little job opportunites for us to gain from- but now, coming to leave, suddenly we were both heart wrenchingly devastated.  Devastated to pack up our beautiful home and devastated to be leaving behind the good friends we had meet along the way.  All the people who worked and ran 'The Impy'- not forgetting Stella the bull-mastif, would be sadly missed, for these were among the first people to show us real Kiwi hospitality.  Karen and Colin at the Motel had become almost surrogate parents to me; I had a gorgeous black labrador to walk whenever I wanted.

Good times- sponsored by Steinlarger
  We had the beach at the end of our road.... we had a car!  It had been the perfect start to our adventures, and it gives me goose-bumps again now as I write this....   It was a wonderful time, but that only made it harder to leave.  After the emotion departure from England, I dont think either of us were looking forward to good byes. 

 Ironically, that last fortnight was the best of our entire 5 months. What with Helen and Paul visiting us from the UK, we had the excuse to go crazy.   We had parties at the house almost every night, making new friends with every passing evening.  And these werent' tourists, backpacking the trail as we were - they we REAL kiwis... and as silly as it sounds, it wasnt until that last week I felt like we had finally acomplished what we had set out to do.

The whole gang...
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But the deal was done, there was no going back.... we had to carry on.  No one ever said this travelling marlarky was going to be easy right??

So off we went, picking up the Manakau Bus from the Caltex Petrol Station on Pollen Street, backpacks in tow.  We were lucky though; we knew that ultimately we would, at some point or another, be back in Thames and had the luxury of a house to leave our summer gear in. This meant we were travelling light again.   Two hours later we were back at Auckland Airport, only this time heading for the domestic terminal and our direct flight into Queenstown, to begin another chapter of our adventures..... 

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Our last night in Thames - with Wa…
Our last night in Thames - with W…
Good times- sponsored by Steinlarg…
Good times- sponsored by Steinlar…
The whole gang...
The whole gang...
abusing the house - and living out…
abusing the house - and living ou…
Me and Alex with Brian - a night a…
Me and Alex with Brian - a night …
Mike & Lynn at The Imperial
Mike & Lynn at The Imperial
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