Middle Earth!

Frodo: You’re late! Gandalf: A wizard is never late, Frodo Baggins. Nor is he early. He arrives precisely when he means to.

(Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring)

New Zealand is as picturesque as a postcard. Rolling green hills, snowcapped mountains and an overabundance of sheep. New Zealand is an outdoor playground. While driving on the North Island, I was mesmerized by the landscape and often had the urged to stop and take pictures at every curve, turn and open field.  People are also now flocking to New Zealand to visit the filming locations of the “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit.” I was told by the tour guide that many visitors tour the locations in costume of their favorite Tolkien character. (Not Surprised) New Zealand was the highlight of my journey around the world. I was able to send two days taking in the sights and sounds of Pacific island nation. And despite the flight cancelation in Bangkok, I was at least able to spend one day with my friend who was temporary working in Auckland.  Besides hanging out with him on Sunday, the drive down to Hobbiton was the highlight of my brief visit to Middle Earth (New Zealand).

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