Thank you for all of your letters, e-mails, blog comments, tweets, wuphs, and faxes. The voice of the people has been heard! We are coming home early. We are starting New Zealand on Saturday instead of in 2 months. That puts us back in the US before Christmas.
We've enjoyed our time here in Australia, especially the people we've met. But things like hitting the kangaroo and a lack of Taco Bells and free refills are moving this part of the journey toward the French movie spectrum. We've always been aiming for a trip more like Napoleon Dynamite. Sometimes it's better to walk in the cold to watch Netflix with friends in Durham than it is to walk along a tropical beach in Australia.
So we are moving on to a month of moving around New Zealand to take in a country, that short of Flight of the Conchordes and Lord of the Rings, we know even less about than Australia.
The International Global DanPark is arranging a parade for our return. We will arrive in a stretch Prius, to be sensitive and stuff. But since the Prius motor doesn't have enough power to do a stretch car, the Prius will have to be towed by a V10 diesel truck. It will have an EPA bumper sticker to be sensitive. The minibar will be stocked entirely of ice cold Diet Coke with free refills.