I have met a few Kiwi's on my travels and I've heard about New Zealand from Ross Hope - a fellow triathlete so before I left I had an idea that NZ is a lot like Scotland but also has volcanoes, geothermal mud, glaciers and big mountains thrown in. I hadn't seriously thought of going there until a few things came together... all of them were good.
- My baby Zoe who lives in Melbourne had her own baby boy Soli... another trip to Oz was immediatley on the cards.
- I decided to take retirement and thereby set myself free from the world of drudgery
- Zoe's sister, Sally offered to look after Harvey (my dog) for me while I was away.
- I got a lodger who was happy to keep an eye on the house and feed the fish.