Sail Meridian

The beginning of our Grand Adventure... or folly... we'll let you know!

20 January 2010 | Brisbane, Australia
14 January 2010 | Brisbane, Australia
24 December 2009 | Brisbane, Australia
12 December 2009 | underway
22 November 2009 | Noumea, New Caledonia
14 November 2009 | Noumea, New Caledonia
07 November 2009 | Ile Uere, New Caledonia
05 November 2009 | Espirito Santo, Vanuatu
21 October 2009 | Aore Island, Vanuatu
19 October 2009 | Peterson Bay, Espirito Santo
09 October 2009 | Espirito Santo
25 September 2009 | Tanna, Vanuatu
11 September 2009 | Vuda Point, Viti Levu, Fiji
13 August 2009 | Navadra, Fiji
24 July 2009 | Malolo Lailai, Fiji
29 June 2009 | Yadua Island, Fiji
26 June 2009 | Yadua Island, Fiji
10 June 2009 | Savusavu, Fiji
27 May 2009
19 May 2009 | Whangamumu, New Zealand

Driving Like a Kiwi

05 January 2009 | Whangarei, New Zealand
We've been in New Zealand well over a month now and we really feel like we're settling in. The Kiwis speak English of course, so that helps a lot. When we first arrived the exchange rate was nearly 2 to 1 in our favor (!) so that helped a lot, too. Helped us spend a lot of money.

Driving in New Zealand was a bit challenging at first because they drive on the left side of the road. The first few times you attempt it you find yourself- or rather your passenger finds himself- hugging the shoulder because keeping the car centered in the lane and therefore near the center line just seems so... well, suicidal. I don't know why it doesn't seem dangerous to stay in the middle of the lane when you're on the right side, I guess it's just what we're used to.

For the first couple of weeks I kept up a continuous mantra in my head whenever I was behind the wheel: look right, stay left... look right, stay left. Other than that and constant vigilance the other thing that kept me where I was supposed to be was the ever-present feeling that something wasn't quite right: if it didn't feel right it was right. (Get it?) So when I started to get comfortable driving on the left, I lost that nagging feeling in the back of my head. Without that nagging feeling it CAN"T BE RIGHT! And if it can't be right it must be wrong. So I had a couple scary-panicky moments when I wondered what the hell side of the road I was supposed to be on. Happily I had only to look around at the other drivers to see that I was indeed in the correct lane and not after all putting the general population at risk.

I'm pretty sure I've got it all dialed in now, which is a good thing because Mom and Dad arrived today and we're embarking on a two-week whirlwind driving tour of New Zealand... Hopefully we'll get loads of great pictures and some good stories too to post when we get back...
Vessel Name: Meridian
Vessel Make/Model: Tayana 48CC
Hailing Port: Napa, CA