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  • Author: Casey DeGroot
  • Date Posted: Dec 4, 2002
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  • Address: Dunedin, New Zealand

Dunedin, New Zealand

This is one of the most Southerly cities in the world, although you wouldn’t necessarily know it as it is about 63 F outside (19 or so C). As the name suggests, this town was settled by Scottish settlers and their influence is obvious: heavy brick buildings (this in one of the most seismically active parts of the world!), Scottish names, and big dark lakes with highlands around (yes, I know the settlers did not build the lakes and mountains). There are lots of penguins around in many of the coastal towns here. They are even considered a pest.

I was quite happy yesterday watching the Jets game on Monday Night Football replay. It took some planning but I managed to find a sports bar that had the right channel. Ironically, from what I heard, the game was blacked out in the SF/Oakland area because those “rabid” Raiders fans (who are oh so dedicated to their team) did not sell out the stadium. So I could watch the game in a farming town in NZ (where they watch Rugby, not Football) but the Raiders fans could not watch their game. HA! Unfortunately, the Jets lost so I better shut up…

Today we stopped to see a geological oddity… Strange perfectly round boulders on the beach. The boulders were caused when sediment from the ocean was packed so tightly the molecules became round, so the whole rock became round. Unfortunately, I was so absorbed in this geological scene that I did not notice the giant wave behind me that soaked my only shoes, my pants, and socks. I am now wearing Cheryl’s sandals. She is not too happy about that as they are going to be returned to her a few sizes bigger…

We are going to add a new thing to our pictures. We will now take a picture of every room we stay in. I’m not sure if this will be interesting or not, but, we’ll see.

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