Thought for the day….” Follow your heart, but take your brain with you”.
“Problems are not stop signs, they are guidelines”.
There cannot be many people in the western world who have not flown, so I assume that most people know the etiquette of flying. Even if they do not, then common sense and good manners is enough. But recently I experienced the worst passengers that I have ever had the misfortune to sit next to (and misfortune was the word.). Bad enough that there were 300+ passengers on the aircraft, but what are the odds of ending up sitting next to the worst passengers possible??? These two passengers had a screaming baby, bad enough on any flight but on an 11 hour night flight then obviously VERY unpopular with a lot of passengers. Not only that, but the parents wanted to get up out of their seats. Not just a few times, but an excessive number of times. Even when the meal was served, they decided that they wanted to get out (same thing at breakfast too, trays down and the food there, but they still wanted to get out immediately). The man on my left seemed to be unaware that he did not have a god-given right to put his legs and feet into my leg rest. When I was not fast enough at moving to let them out, they simply climbed over me, regardless of whether I was getting up to let them out or not. 11 hours sitting next to the worst ever passengers. I wish that I had taken a photo of them, not just to shame them but to warn others that this couple had a gold medal in inconsideration. And even on arrival, the man decided that he wanted to be first off the aircraft and was going to try to push past everybody else like a rugby scrum. I hope that these two particular passengers end up on a no-fly list due to their total lack of consideration.
On a happier note….a photo of the Interislander ferry sailing up the Marlborough Sounds in New Zealand. The route through the sounds, which takes about 1 hour, is extremely scenic. During the winter months, the 3 hour crossing between the North and South Islands of New Zealand can be extremely rough in the middle section, so passengers will be relieved once they enter the sheltered waters of the Sounds. The ferry is seen near its final destination of Picton, top of the South Island, New Zealand
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Thought for the day…” It takes both sunshine and rain to make a rainbow” ” The secret of getting ahead is getting started”
New Zealand is home to the longest place name in the world…
It became independent from Great Britain in 1907, and unusually, has 2 national anthems. Wellington, which is the capital (although Auckland is the largest city), is the southernmost capital city in the world. New Zealand also has one of the highest numbers of golf courses per capita in the world. You will not find any nuclear power stations or snakes in NZ, as NZ is snake and nuclear free. And in the far south, you may find the tuatara, the world’s oldest reptile, which is largely unchanged for the last 200 million years.
Too many tourists rush through the New Zealand town of Picton, which is situated at the top of the South Island. Many tourists only see it as the ferry port when they arrive on the 3 hour ferry trip from Wellington on the North Island. But this small town of about 4000 residents is a great holiday base, offering watersports (sailing, fishing, kayakking, diving), cycling and also the famous nearby Great Walk, the Queen Charlotte Track. And the famous Marlborough vineyards, including such famous wines as Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc, are only a short drive away. Some fine small cafes, wonderful fish & chips (a New Zealand tradition) and excellent accommodation make this an ideal stop on a tour around New Zealand.
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