November 18, 2023 The Rain Came (Day 52)

The predicted rain finally came, all day long! We spent the time planning another 3 day trip. This time to the Coromandel peninsula which we skipped past on the way from Bay of Islands to Bay of Plenty. We’ll head out on Tuesday, Nov. 21 and return Thurs. Nov. 23. One night near Colville on the west side of the peninsula, and one night near Whitianga on the east side, near hot sand beach! Robert also found a scenic train ride we booked, Driving Creek Railway Tours. I found a local Repertory Theater in Te Puke, putting on a show called “Footrot Flats”, a musical based on a cartoon strip that ran in NZ and Australian papers from 1976 to 1995. It has rave reviews, but was all sold out. I put our names in on a waiting list for the next 3 days to see if we can score some tickets. I looked up the website for the cartoon and it’s pretty funny, here’s the link; Footrot Flats. A great way to learn some Kiwi lingo!

It reminds me of ‘Shaun the Sheep’, our favorite stop motion animation, with anthropomorphic farm animals, and blundering human farmers!

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