Hello to all our friends, there was (hopefully) a little problem whith the link generated by the Blog plugin. It should be fixed now.
We are a little bit in stress here, yesterday we went to some hot springs, waterfalls, made a tour around the coast here and now we go fishing… so not much time for uploading pictures, but I promise that we will do them later today…
OK, they are calling me already, sun is shining… and now they want to do some kite surfing as well (I told them that I know how to… hmmmm, will see…) will let you know how it wend…
Sitting here with a friend and everything is good, around 21°C, a bit sun. Going to town now….
later more… cheers Kerstin and Sascha
4:13 AM, Thursday 26. October, German time we still take otherwise it is to confusing: 14 hours on the road, aehhh in the plane. We are hanging around in an Air New Zealand Lounge in LA. The sealing looks like out of a Tarantino movie, a long time ago it was white, but nevertheless: “SMOKING IS NOT ALLOWED ANYWHERE, YOU WILL BE UNLOADED FROM THE PLANE (which plane? We are sitting in the bloody “lounge”) IF YOU DO SMOKE YOU HAVE TO PAY A FINE OF MINIMUM 2000USD!”
But never mind, that´s fine with us, waiting for the immigration officer, some great questions about why we choose the US and A, the answer will be something like “Hello my friend, we are here only “in transit” and will neither stay nor work in your country this time, maybe next time but not for now…” Let’s see, they are cuing up, actually they all are going to Auckland.
Fingerprints and Photos taken and first stamp in the Passport. No duty free here plus it was not allowed to bring any liquid in the plane. That means no good whisky for a reasonable price …. Too bad! But no show stopper… everything good, Alcohol isn’t good for us anyhow … We know….;°°°°°(.
The flight itself was funny, we traveled with the sun and this was definitely the longest sunset we ever had, about 10 hours the sun was trying to go down but we won the race. Only when we stopped in LA the sun was gone finally.
Photos will follow tomorrow ….
15 hours to go, packing last things together, hope we can sleep well.
See you on the road somewhere
Now it becomes really real: Our Big Lady is picked up and on her way to New Zealand via Hamburg!
The crate was prepared in the morning and the Big Lady fixed as good as it gets – thank you Simon for your helping hands! – Everything was ready and the crate was closed and covered waiting for the departure at 12pm… When the driver arrived at 4 PM and took out the hand forklift, putting it in position, he just mentioned: “It´s not fitting guys” WHAT??? An extremely stressing situation was approaching us – the” feet” are too big, but on them already 400kg and no proper tools are available at all. What to do? After trying to cut the feet of the crate (thanks to Gordon we found a solution) in the end to lift the box on to some extra pallets! The driver, who was kindly enough waiting and watching us some hours, is gone now… hopefully, taking care of our Big Lady!
… days went over quite quickly… we had some last moment changes, but SPECIAL THANKS TO Anne and Oli as well to Ansgar and Sven we always found asylum to spend our last moments in Germany, enjoying the company of nice friends and waiting for the last official papers… Four days to go from now on… feels unreal and becoming real at the same time… The world is waiting for us… here we go. See you down the road somewhere.