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[travel] Glow worm caves and on to Auckland, day thirteen - Lakeshore
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Jay Lake
Date: 2013-08-13 10:47
Subject: [travel] Glow worm caves and on to Auckland, day thirteen
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Tags:child, friends, new zealand, radiantlisa, travel
Yesterday we went to Waitomo, where we toured Ruakuri Caves as well as the glowworm caves. Also made last night's dinner at Galbraith's in Auckland. In attendance were our party of five, plus local friends and fans @rowdy_possum, Jef Ratne, Soon Lee, Alan Parker and award winning writer, discorobot, a/k/a Grant Stone.

Unfortunately, I continue to be pretty dreadfully ill. The fact that almost no bathrooms or bedrooms are heated in this country doesn't help this at all. It's a New Zealand architectural tic that is very, very hard on someone with respiratory problems. (It's not just a cost thing. In Rotorua, where the heat was literally free to operate due to being drawn off geothermal steam, our hotel bedrooms and bathroom were unheated.) Not to mention which our Auckland hotel room is an utter disaster. It's damp and in the 30s outside, and the window in the already unheated bathroom is stuck open. Our bed partially collapsed last night as we were going to sleep. Et cetera.

I really do love New Zealand, but damn am I going to be glad to go back to a place where spending 2+ hours a day sitting on the toilet doesn't mean chattering teeth and a worsening cold.

We fly home this evening. I think I'm going to sleep for a week. In a warm bedroom.

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martianmooncrab
User: martianmooncrab
Date: 2013-08-13 18:17 (UTC)
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no bathrooms or bedrooms are heated in this country doesn't help this at all. It's a New Zealand architectural tic

Its a British Empire thing, The Italians however, they had registers in every room...
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fjm
User: fjm
Date: 2013-08-13 18:19 (UTC)
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oh dear. And yes, it's why I have bronchial trouble (I was totally asthma free the winter I spent in Canada). And I sneeze when I walk into a cold room from a hot one.
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Soon Lee: Saccharomyces
User: soon_lee
Date: 2013-08-13 22:01 (UTC)
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Keyword:Saccharomyces
We are getting better - recently constructed homes have much better insulation; double-glazed windows (still relatively uncommon) & cavity insulation were factors in choosing our current place.
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rekre8
User: rekre8
Date: 2013-08-13 19:16 (UTC)
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I feel like I should meet you at the airport with a blanket....
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2013-08-13 20:13 (UTC)
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A blanket and a really warm car...
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Msconduct
User: msconduct
Date: 2013-08-14 03:14 (UTC)
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You're so right about the cold and damp - one of the reasons I would never recommend anybody visit in winter. Although it's changing slowly, for the most part we just don't do heating.
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Msconduct
User: msconduct
Date: 2013-08-14 03:22 (UTC)
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Oh yeah, forgot to add that Rotorua locals did used to use the geothermal energy for heat, but they had to stop as it was drawing down too much from the thermal attractions.
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Gary Emenitove
User: garyomaha
Date: 2013-08-14 13:40 (UTC)
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>>I think I'm going to sleep for a week.<<

Welcome to my world! Too bad it takes a crisis for you to see it my way. ;)

...and welcome home (almost).
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