Monday, February 4, 2013


I feel like we've been gone a long time. actually, I'm not even sure how many days its been or even what day it is. What I know is that we are here together. Meeting new friends and learning new things. 

Yesterday we bought our first international car. It was a fairly easy thing to do. We started out looking on the Internet for backpackers wanting to sell their vehicles. We went to look at one car. It was really run down and didn't look to safe. 

Our New Zealand car
On our way back, we stopped at a car dealership and inquired about the type of car we wanted. One with lots of storage for our bags and could fit us all in. They had one car in our price range ($2000) and it was exactly what we had been looking for. A station wagon type with lots of room. It is perfect! 

In a couple of days we will start our journey south along the coast. We can't wait to be out of the city. Though we will really miss our friends Darren, Hellen and Maddi. They welcomed us back into their home. After spending some time couch surfing with them  3 years ago. It felt like home when we pulled up. Colton made the comment that it didn't really feel like we had started the trip yet. Because it felt like we were just visiting friends at home. With cool accents of course!! 

The weather has been amazing. Other than a rain shower last night and this morning. The temp has been around +24 and sunny! It stays light in the evening till 9:30 or so. We are feeling really cozy in our little sleep out in the back yard while our kids sleep in the house. 

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