Wellington, New Zealand
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Today we met up with a family that knows Lori from her time in Point Roberts, Washington. Peter & Anna McCarroll (he is a Kiwi and she is a second generation Chinese American) have four cute children (Rachel, Rebecca, Ruth, & Rueben). They allowed each of us to make some stateside phone calls because they still have a US line that doesn’t cost them anything. We each took turns making some quick calls, which was a very nice and unexpected bonus. They weather was quite blustery, cold and rainy, so the plans they had for us to see some outdoor sights were scrapped. Instead we headed to a huge natural history museum (Te Papa Museum) which has free admission.
Liz was feeling unwell at this point and Mimi wanted to perhaps do an excursion, so they parted from us at this point. In the end, as they searched for a taxi to take Liz back to the ship, they did some more shopping, then eventually headed back to the ship.
Lori and Deb were able to take in a lot of the museum, learning a bit more about the Maori people and the other Pacific Islanders that were the first peoples of this nation. There was also an art exhibit showing there (“Monet and the Impressionists”) where Lori got to see beautiful paintings by the likes of not only Monet, but also Manet and many others. They had a Chinese noodle lunch with the McCarrolls, then Peter dropped them by a souvenir shop before taxiing them to the ship.
This evening was our final “formal dining” night, but we didn’t have as much time to get all gussied up. One of our friends, Gary, joined us for dinner and we all feasted on lobster tails, shrimp, and scallops. Liz had the beef Wellington instead, though. The seas were pretty rough this night and we really felt it. (the captain said they would be “rough” seas at around 15 ft).