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Monday, April 16, 2012

An Unexpected Journey


Last November, I shared a mini-bucket-list with you, stating that before I die, I'd like to write a book, start a business and visit Hobbiton... Well, one of my dreams is coming true. In a few weeks we are travelling down under to New Zealand and Australia! One of the highlights of the trip is that while in New Zealand, we will be staying only 60 kilometres (in Rotorua - named New Zealand's most beautiful city 2010) from Hobbiton, and on May 6th, we take 'the official tour.' Mere words cannot begin to express to you my sheer delight at the thought!! 

I look forward to sharing highlights and pics with you once I return.  In the meantime, in order to properly prepare for our trip, I will be taking a very necessary bloggy-break. I'll try to visit you all as time allows and I hope you'll understand if I'm a bit scarce for the next few weeks.


31 comments:

  1. Życzę cudownych wrażeń z pobytu w Nowej Zelandii i liczę na ciekawe zdjęcia
    :-). Pozdrawiam.
    Have a wonderful experience to stay in New Zealand and look forward to an interesting picture. Yours.

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  2. How exciting...that would be so much fun!!!

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  3. I.AM.SO.EXCITED for youuuu!!
    Have the BEST time and take lots of photos!

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  4. Oh, I am so envious! Please, pretty, please take photos and blog for us!!! (At your own time, of course!)
    Did you see Paul that commented on my post. He is from New Zealand and he has photos of this exact spot!!! Go and look at his blog, he is a really nice guy! The world according to Paul, is his blog name.

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    1. Hi Kay, Thanks, I very briefly checked out Paul's blog - I'll go back later for a better look :)

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  5. Well, I'm not a Hobbit fan, but I think it's great that you're knocking something off your list and doing what you have wanted! Congrat and have fun! :-)

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  6. This sounds just so exciting to actually go to New Zealand and get in on what I'm sure will be just a wonderful tour of Hobbiton and all that will entail.
    Get lots of great pictures and we will share your good times with you. Have a great time away and loads of fun.

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    1. Do you perhaps need someone to carry your suitcase for you? I'm the one that could do it.....

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  7. This would be a super fun thing to do. Can't wait to see all the pictures and hear all about it!

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  8. I'm so excited for you Jane, this is a fantastic opportunity to tick one off on the list. Hope you have an amazing time, and look forward to hearing (and seeing!) all about it.Have a safe trip.x

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  9. Have a wonderful time, Jane. One of my friends moved close to this area a couple of years ago and keeps asking me to visit. I will get there eventually, I'm sure.

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  10. NO WAY! Woooooooow! (Pleeeeaaaase squeeze me into one of your suitcases. I won't take up much room.) This is very exciting. I'm soooo happy for you, Jane. And I can't wait to see lots and lots of photos of two countries that I would do anything to visit. Have a great time and stay calm until you get there, so you don't blow up with excitement in the meantime...LOL...

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  11. That is way cool. New Zealand is the only place that I want to visit before I die.

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  12. Have a wonderful time! Look forward to hearing about your adventure!

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  13. Lol, removed previous comment because it really didn't make sense. That's what happens when you post as soon as you get out of bed lol. I'll try again...

    Fantastic! New Zealand is beautiful, Rotorua is such a clean, friendly town even though it does smell like sulphur from all the geothermal activity around. What part of Australia are you visiting? My guess is the east coast but if it's the West....

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    1. Hi Annie, We will be in Sydney the whole time we're in Australia , or I'd be hunting you down... lol!! Yes, I read that about Rotorua. I've been walking around NZ & AU using the little Google guy :)

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    2. Oh well....next time! Sydney is very scenic too but of course the West is the Best ;)

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  14. New Zealand! What an adventure! I am really looking forward to your blogs! I suppose it must be fall there as we are having spring. Have tons of fun and take lots of pictures!

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  15. Thanks so much everyone for all of your congratulations and well wishes :) If I could take everyone of you along with me I would gladly do so! I plan to take oodles of pics and will share them with you once I get back.

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  16. Oh, Jane! such exciting news about your most amazing trip. I'm so jealous, I wish I could take a trip like that. I'm so happy for you...really!

    Love your new header...did you take that photo?...is it with Photobucket?

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    1. HI Elisabeth, Thank you - I'm getting excited! This is a photo I found in Google Images and is one of the adorable homes from the Hobbiton movie set.

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  17. At least you have a good reason for not blogging much.....
    Can't wait to read all about your trip and meeting hobbits:) Love the new header too Jane, always so fun to come visit here.

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  18. Awesome!! Lucky you! Can't wait to see your pics, I love those movies and always thought it would be cool to live in one of those little hobbit houses.

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  19. What a neat opportunity! And to cross something off the bucket list is always a neat adventure. Congrats, and I can't wait for the stories.

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  20. How exciting!! I'm so happy for you!! Dreams do come true. :=)

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  21. Have been catching up on your blog....and WOOOW!!! How wonderful, a 'dream come true' indeed :) So pleased and happy for you to be able to visit New Zealand, then Australia where I come from :)
    Have a great time, safe trip and look forward to your photos when you return.
    Take care...

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  22. Thanks again everyone for all of your kind comments and well-wishes. We leave tomorrow and so I thought I'd pop by and tell you how much I've missed not visiting you these past two weeks, I feel so out of touch! - but I've been sooo busy that it's a really good thing I took a bloggy-break. If I am able, I plan to post a few pics of Hobbiton on Sunday evening - we tour it that afternoon. All the best and I look forward to catching up on all of your news when I get back :)

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  23. Yay..so exciting...I am thrilled for you..enjoy enjoy..have a dazzling time!!
    Victoria

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