If you can't do touch typing, I suggest you start learning. This weekend I had the iPad and had to do my blogging and emails using 1 finger. I found it rather slow and frustrating! Give me touch typing any day!
We're back home! As much as I tried to enjoy the journey, I was really looking forward to coming home. Sunday night was a real struggle for me to sleep because of fireworks and some noisy people around us.
What a great welcome!
After Terence and Caitlyn picked us up from the airport we had to quickly go to New World to get a few things and as I sat there waiting for Terence it felt like a Sunday afternoon. Virtually no cars around! You don't realise quite how little traffic we have here until you've been to Auckland. And I most definitely do not envy anybody from Johannesburg because that is even worse!!!!
One thing I totally forgot about when we arrived in Auckland was that we have this cool map gadget thingy on the iPad to give you directions and of course I got lost (typical Lea style), but today we used it to the airport. So much so we were very early and had to keep ourselves busy until we could board our flight.
It was rather funny on Saturday when I dropped Bianca off at her friend's house and the very first words Saana said as she opened the door was "you changed!" and Bianca said "so did you!". Not, "hello, how are you?". But I guess it has been almost a year and a half since the two saw each other last and I guess lots changed in that time.
I think this trip was a bit of a life lesson too for Bianca. The realisation that some, but not all things stayed the same. When we visited the mall Bianca said "wow, it is still as I remember".
And now for some more photos:
Paraparaumu Airport (I told you it was small and cute):
Auckland (with the exception of the first 2 Bianca took these photos):
Lots of prep for the competition:
Photos of some of the other teams:
Click here for some more videos:
Kapiti Sharks (first place in their division!)
Kapiti Rays (a different view)
All Star Shooting Stars
If you are in Auckland (and from South Africa), Fred's Fine Foods is the place to visit for biltong and other South African goodies.
The view from the plane coming back home: