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Been away

So I've been to a conference for DRSs, aka Directors of Religious Studies. We all work in high schools heading up departments of an eclectic mix of religion teachers, as well as running Masses, liturgies and other Catholic stuff. The conference was in Rotorua which is a long way from here. I drove myself. Which I enjoyed immensely. I took some photos along the way, on the Desert Road (we have a 'desert' in the middle of the North Island, beside some mountains!). Pics behind the cut...
This is Ruapehu from the small town of Waiouru

and this is Ruapehu's neighbour, Ngauruhoe

While I was up there I had a short break so I went down to one of the local thermal areas, Whakarewarewa, and I took some photos there. It was pretty deserted and I wandered round by myself. It's beautiful. The water is boiling hot and pretty poisonous.

There are some nice mud pools (imagine how hot it has to be for mud to boil)

The mud just plops up!

And the sulphur is beautiful too

That's the first round. I roomed with another teacher from up country so we could share the cost of a hotel room at the conference centre. We have the same first name and surname initial, Jenny O, and I found she had an email I had been expecting from another teacher last month! OMG!


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Nov. 29th, 2011 12:31 pm (UTC)
Haha...two Jenny O's makes things complicated!!

Amazing pictures! What awesome scenery!! I especially love the mud, that was fascinating!!
Nov. 30th, 2011 10:21 am (UTC)
Yes, two Jenny O's is complicated. To top that off, we get on well, teach the same way and actually enjoy one another's company. Pity she lives so far away!

Thanks. I'm glad you like the pics. They even look better on my LJ than on my laptop!
Nov. 29th, 2011 11:36 pm (UTC)
Those are gorgeous, gorgeous pics. I'm saving them for my file on NZ. The mud is amazing. Glad you had a good journey and enjoyed your conference!

I've sent you a virtual advent calendar - check your email!
Nov. 30th, 2011 10:20 am (UTC)
Thanks! A file on NZ?

The mud is amazing, for sure. I never stop being fascinated by thermal activity.

I LOVE LOVE LOVE my virtual calendar. All my Year 9s are waiting for the morning to see what 1 December brings!!! Thank you so much!!!
Nov. 30th, 2011 10:31 am (UTC)
I have photograph files in 'my pictures' on my laptop with world photos by myself and my friends. I also save them to disc in case of crashes. I can look at them or show other people or load to my desktop or even to our photo viewer that rotates about eight photos in an electronic picture frame.

The mud pics reminded me of the volcano pics we took on St Lucia a few years ago.

Gail sent me the calendar last year and I adored it. This year is London as a theme so is even more 'special'. Give the Year 9s a wave from UK!
Nov. 30th, 2011 03:42 am (UTC)
Beautiful pics. We did the same drive a few years ago when we went from Wellington to Rotorua, I loved it. Hope the conference was a success:)
Nov. 30th, 2011 10:19 am (UTC)
Wow, you've been here! Amazing!

And yeah, the conference was very ...affirming! After four and a half years and now three conferences, I'm 'one of the gang'!!
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