Bear with me, I’m still blogging about our labour day weekend in The Coromandel…

It’s this part of our trip, which warmed my soul. We met a lovely couple, from Dunedin who drove the Disney Crib, a massive campervan which used to be a primary school bus, which they converted into a campervan…

Warwick and Shirley and Jess (their dog) were absolutely lovely, more lovely than lovely even. They spent theiry early 20’s travelling around Europe for a year in a campervan, and now in their 60’s they were doing a bit of campervanning on their home turf. Fortuiously, we met them at Seabreeze holiday park where we were staying. Shirley is anglican priest and Warwick is a Professor (retired, but still working it seems) at the University of Otago. They imparted a bit of their life to us, and we enjoyed hearing about all their adventures, on every level. I loved their ethos, and could almost imagine me and Liz doing what they were doing in a few years time.

I chatted to Warwick about what I did, and he told me that although he was a lecturer in history, he also taught on the Masters in Public Health course at The University of Otago. Now, I’ve always fancied doing a Masters in Public Health, whether I will or not, time will tell – but Warwick explained that his university had an internationally reknown cancer epidemiology department. Given my background, he offered to provide some contacts and possibly arrange some meetings for when we do a recce of the South Island (hopefully in March). It didn’t stop there, they offered to put us up when we visit Dunedin.

And this is all that is good about New Zealand… the folk, the friendliness, the I don’t know you but you’re welcome in my home, and I’ll do anything to help you out…

Liz and I were both really touched.

Warwick, Shirley and Jess, thank you – wishing you safe travels.

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