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Dining New Zealand Style [May. 6th, 2014|04:35 pm]
I'm still in New Zealand, though not for much longer.  It's been a fabulous trip!  We scheduled in two weekends for sightseeing, and took advantage of both.  I have now sailed in Akaroa harbor, wandered the botanical gardens in Christchurch, visited the LotR Edoras filming site, and eaten delicious food at many restaurants in the area.

One thing I didn't expect is how much time I spent eating out.  In the US, restaurants are frequently a convenience, one step in your plan for the day.  In New Zealand, restaurants are an expedition.  You're not there to eat, you're there to dine.  No time limits, no pressure.  No tips either, which is a bit different.

In a way dining like this solved one of the problems I expected to have on the trip- those long hours in a hotel room all by my lonesome. Instead, I spend two to three hours a night with my coworkers.  We're a closer team now.  They know a bit more about me and my family, I know a bit more about them and theirs.  That's a good thing.  I've had some simply spectacular food, and that's even better.

I do miss the writing time I thought I'd have, though!

[User Picture]From: queenoftheskies
2014-05-06 04:54 am (UTC)
That all sounds so exciting! How much longer do you have on your trip?
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[User Picture]From: spaceintheway
2014-05-06 10:42 am (UTC)
I leave Thursday afternoon and arrive Thursday afternoon. Crossing the International Date Line really confuses things! One more full day and one half day.
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