Jun. 23rd, 2012

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I'm back in Auckland! This is my last day in New Zealand. Can you believe it? Where did the time go? I feel like I'm constantly arriving and departing countries with absolutely no time going by in between.

Not much to report, except I stopped in a little town called Matamata yesterday. And I visited Hobbiton!

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It was so surreal. Just like leaving the real world and entering Middle Earth. I half expected Bilbo to walk around the corner, or Gandalf to show up and set off some fireworks. Everything is maintained meticulously! There are even people in charge of keeping the plants from shedding their leaves and flowers, so that it is always summer!

We were so lucky with the weather, too. The tour before our tour basically had to wonder around in a fog, but as soon as we got there the fog just went away and the sun came out! I was so glad! It just isn't Hobbiton if there isn't a blue sky.

I'm so glad I was able to visit. It was magical! ♥

I wish Thorri could have been there with me to see it.

My trip to New Zealand has been really great overall. The nature is beautiful, the people are fun and easy-going, there's tons of activities to keep crazy tourists busy, and I can read the ingredients list on all the food packaging! I definitely need to come back to explore the south island, though.

The only downside of the trip has been the weather. It's been quite cold! Not cold enough to really bother me - I have my wool sweater with me - but you can't really do beach stuff when it's this cold.

Oh, well. I'll be able to do plenty of beach stuff in sunny California.

America, here I come!

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