Thames and Wellington

Going all the way back to March…

We only had a few nights in our new apartment in Taipei before we headed off on our big trip to New Zealand and Rarotonga.

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We flew from Taipei – >Hong Kong -> Auckland. Trying our best to rest and refuel at the lounges in between. Noodles in Taipei:

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Dim sum in Hong Kong:

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We had a lot of space on the long flight from Hong Kong to Auckland.

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But Jude still did not want to sleep.

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We took turns throughout the 11-hour journey keeping him occupied.

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And then finally we made it to Auckland, rented a car, and drove 1.5 hours to Thames. The first stop for us was the supermarket to get some supplies.

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We had five days there and the weather was great so we made the most of it.

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Jude had his first real fish and chips experience.

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Although he preferred to feed the seagulls his chips instead of eating them.

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We spent a lot of time with family – Grandma, Aunt Abby, Uncle Brad, Aunt Renee, Uncle Ashley, and Aunt Dominica all came round for visits.

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And helped out heaps with meals, playtime and bath time.

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Grandma worked on Jude’s musical talents.

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We all ate a lot of delicious NZ apples (we really miss these in Taipei!).

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Jude spent hours vacuuming,

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And cuddling with Dad:

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After Thames, we flew to Wellington where Luke had a week of work stuff to attend to. So Jude and I hit the streets – it was fun taking him around to all the places Luke and I used to go to – like Parliament, which we walked by everyday for two years on our way to/from work.

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Also in Wellington are two aunties! Pearl and Faith are both at Uni there and so we got to spend a lot of quality time together!

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In between our walks around town, we met up with my old work colleagues and contacts for coffees and lunches.

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It was busy, busy.

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But not so busy that we didn’t have time for gelato! Oh, how we’ve missed Kaffee Eis! I got to introduce Jude to my favorite flavor – ginger nut.

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Ohhh sooo good!

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Dad joined us too,

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And we all enjoyed our delicious snack in the sun.

IMG_2141It was awesome to be back in Wellington and only wished we had more time there!

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