Phase Two!! New Zealand! And a luxury hostel!!!!!!!!!!!

Our last day in South America was spent in the business area of Santiago, where there is the tallest tower in SA, and underneath that the biggest shopping mall in SA! A whole floor was full of sports shops and outdoor shops which kept us entertained for an hour or so. Better though was the slow stroll back through the town stopping for lunch and a small beer on the way…..
Finally we left for the airport, and after checking in made our way to the duty free. We wanted to buy a bottle of Bombay Sapphire for our friends in New Zealand, so off we went. We had a bit of a mix up with the prices (they were displayed in US dollars as opposed to Chilean Pesos) and when Charlotte took the bottle to the counter it worked out at £93!!!!!!!!! For one bottle of Bombay Sapphire!!! $150!!!!!!!! Duty free!!!!! I know!!!!! What the hell is that all about! Needless to say we told them (very politely of course) to forget it! I had been having a dilemma about what to do with duty free cigarettes. The max per person you can now take into NZ is 50 cigarettes! 2 and a half packets! Nothing!! Anyway I decided I’d take in 200 and risk having them confiscated and getting a bollocking. They were so cheap it wouldn’t matter if they were taken off me. Even the check out staff warned me against this though, and I had to sign a waiver to say that they had advised me accordingly.
The flight was fine as 13hr flights go. Charlotte had booked us seats at the emergency exit so we had tons of leg room. The vodka and cokes (free pour in the airport lounge!) had nicely relaxed me, the flight meal was actually very good, and we both managed to get quite a decent sleep. I watched a very strange Argentinian film about Mengeles hiding out in Argentina! In Spanish!
By the time we landed we had filled out so much immigration paperwork, and I had signed several times to say that I definitely did not, under any circumstances, at pain of certain death, have any more than 50 cigarettes. Then in the airport signs everywhere highlighted the cigarette issue, and when I realised my bags were going to be x rayed yet again I finally caved in, and ditched some of them! Coward! Anyway, between us we managed to get in 120 cigs, so I win by 20 cigarettes! And luckily we were able to get Bombay Sapphire at a much more reasonable price in the duty free area there!
We were met at the airport by Angela. Ange (a Kiwi) and Charlotte used to work together in a private hospital in central London many many many(!) years ago, and have kept in touch ever since. Some of you may remember her at our wedding. So we were taken to her house at Bethells Beach on the west coast area of Auckland, where she lives with husband Jim and wonderful children Jade and Carly. Bloody hell! What a house! It was like something you’d see on Grand Designs! They’ve just had it built and only moved in last October. It has a huge open plan living area with full length windows giving superb views over the hills and towards the ocean! It’s definitely our best accommodation yet, and we’ll be giving it full marks on tripadvisor!! I can sit and look at the view for hours on end! There’s a dog, a cat, lots of chickens, and even a cow! Brilliantly the cow doesn’t have a name other than The Cow. The Cow’s only function is one day soon to be filling their freezer with beef! (The Cow’s last friend is already in freezer no. 1……) So don’t mess with Ange and Jim or you know where you’ll end up…….
First day in NZ Charlotte was whisked off to the hairdressers to have her grey hair painted blonde!!! It’s a good job I’m not so vain……. Meanwhile Jim took me down to the beach which is just brilliant! Actually reminded me in many ways of our East coast, a bit Flamborough Head-ish. And considering that Flamborough is my most favourite coastal area in England, that’s not a bad thing at all!
Throughout the day we were constantly fed, Jim forever hard at it in the kitchen! This is luxury! We may never leave! We managed to stay up til 8.30pm after which time we’d been awake for uncountable hours, so finally gave in. And now I’m writing this the next morning, laid in bed, with a view of the sea in the distance!! Perfect! A few days here before we collect the camper van on Monday! We’re very excited now about New Zealand!

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Great view!

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Beautiful!

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I want this house!!

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Peppa the dog

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The Cow the cow. Career prospects – poor.

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I love the beach!

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Very changeable weather!

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New Zealand? Or Flamborough???

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Stunningly!

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Beer of the day! My first NZ beer! And very very nice too!!!!

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