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Summer’s gone, replaced by its brash, introverted cousin, Autumn. The breeze is now more of a gust and the days are characterized by impetuous changes in weather. Oh well. It’s time to pack and fly home!

Well, to Italy anyway ūüôā

We’ve got work! From the 12th of April we’ll be working as couriers for Homair, a french tour operator with sites in Italy, Spain, Portugal, Croatia and France, and we’ve received word we’ll be deployed to Vigna Sul Mar¬†near Ferrara, on the Adriatic¬†Coast.

We’re looking¬†forward to being in Europe again. Inasmuch as we’ve enjoyed New Zealand, we’ve both realized we actually love European culture. In store for 2010 is a much better familiarization with our own birth rights! And as we’ve made friends with two couples who’ll be based in Italy (Adam and Laura from Franz Josef, who’ll be working near Venice from April onwards and Selina and Walter who live in Cuneo), there’s the chance we’ll be doing some¬†visiting and touring¬†with them.

Oh, the mouth waters at the thought of proper food! Pizza! Cheese! Wine! Italy, here we come!!!!!

See you all soon!

What a week!

We left Franz Josef last Monday heading south to Wanaka.

All the roads seem to be flanked by lakes and impeccably lush scenery, so although reaching ‘the next town’ takes hours and hours of driving, we can’t complain!

This is Lake Wanaka.

The colours out here are always fresh and vibrant, carrying the promise of unspoilt life.

We took a cruise out into Milford Sound and saw fur seals, sea lions and dusky dolphins.

Jelle did the bungy jump off the Nevis in Queenstown- 134m. I couldn’t go because it was too expensive and i didn’t need it after the skydive.

Jelle has fallen in love with these flowers. We’re taking some seeds home to plant in our future garden!

These red tussocks line the highway and are part of the national reserve.

The Brown Trout Fishing Capital of the world

And to complete the week, we met up with Marie, Glenn, Sophie and baby Isaac to go fishing at sea in Jackson Bay. At night we built a fire and roasted marshmallows by the shore.

2,200KMs in 7 days. 9 cities, countless little towns in between and maybe 50 cars on the road the whole week. Hahah!