I have been completely unplugged from the rest of the world for the last 2 weeks. We escaped the chilly Delhi winter, briefly, for a holiday in New Zealand. We do a lot of weekenders and short holidays throughout the year, but we like to reserve the big one for December. It's the time of the year that S doesn't have much to do and its easy to get days off. The negative is that it's the high season in many places, with Xmas/New Year surcharges thrown in sometimes. We generally plan ahead (I am talking of bookings being done by August) and that way we don't have to dish out exorbitant amounts at the last minute. New Zealand had been on our list for a really long time, and this year we figured we should just go.
I spent many weeks planning the perfect itinerary, given multiple constraints of 2 small kids, S's osteoarthritis problem (he didn't want too much driving), budget (NZ is freaking expensive) and time. Thankfully, it worked out well and we had a truly amazing holiday. It wasn't the most relaxing holiday (there was too much sightseeing to be done) so we are pretty exhausted at this point and glad to be back home. But the kids were good as gold, I only had two episodes of puking/feeling sick/nausea (I'm not a good traveller), the weather stayed great throughout and nobody fell sick. Whew!
And my camera developed shutter fatigue. What more can I say about New Zealand. It must be the most beautiful country on our planet. I feel lucky to have had the opportunity to visit.
I'd do pictures, but feeling pretty lazy at this point so I just changed the header :)
So 2011 came to a pretty fabulous close for us. Happy New Year folks!