|This morning's sunrise from our balcony over industrial port of Auckland, New Zealand.|
|Art from the ship's gallery.|
No doubt, a big part of the pleasure we've experienced on this cruise has been the often hilarious and interesting evenings we've spent with our friends Lois, Tom, Cheryl and Stan and the many other passengers we've met aboard this lengthy cruise.
|Freighter and tugboats in Tauranga.|
With the friends preferring an early dinner, by 6:30 pm we all headed to the Cascades dining room to the same table each night for dinner. By 8 pm, our friends had their fill of a busy day and headed to their respective cabins for the remainder of the evening.
|More pretty views of port of Tauranga, New Zealand.|
Its been quite an ideal routine but, once we're settled in our new home in Penguin, Tasmania in three days, we'll be ready for a little more sleep and to establish another new routine we'll quickly incorporate into our lives, one we'll certainly relish with equal enthusiasm.
|City of Tauranga, New Zealand.|
Today the ship is docked in Auckland, New Zealand. We've decided to stay onboard to prepare for tomorrow's Part 2 of our world travel seminar which will be again conducted in the same venue at 11:15 am. The agenda is in place but we'll need to prepare the video portion of our presentation which may take few hours.
|The sea and an island at a distance.|
This second part of the presentation will give us a better perception as to whether or not this is something we may want to explore for future cruises. Is the prospect of conducting seminars while cruising something that appeals to us? We aren't decided as yet, still uncertain if it will feel like too much like "work."
|What a beautiful location!|
If we commit to a greater degree of work than we currently perform in presenting our daily posts, it could change everything. We've loved the way it is. Why mess with that which isn't broken?
|Fishing boat in bay in Tauranga, New Zealand.|
Here again, our answer was simple. We were experiencing so much joy on the alpaca farm, we saw no reason to change anything at all. But, isn't that how life is, as we always say, "Love the One You're With." If its not broken and we're happy, why change it?
|The big and busy city of Auckland, New Zealand.|
May your day be enriching and meaningful however you may choose to spend it.
Photo from one year ago today, November 29, 2015:
|In Fiji, a neighbor's newly planted garden coming to life. Many Fijians plant gardens in the rich soil. For more details, please click here.|