Customs arrived around 10h00 on another grey day in Opua, New Zealand. We were tied up to the very yellow quarantine dock, only allowed to walk about 30 meters on a jetty, tightly locked away from anything and any one…leapers in a foreign country! The first unfriendly blonde came aboard, accompanied by a grandpa friendly elderly man. She inspected the boat papers and passports, and he entertained me, or did I entertain him, looking for incriminating food on Andando! He searched the fridge and freezer, for any meats and fruits and veggies and dairy products. And he asked me a couple of times for any seeds or beans .There will be a new species growing in their coastal waters soon with all the Brazilian beans I chucked away. Interestingly enough he allowed me to keep my products like milk and cereals and rice if it was from France or New Zealand.
We needed to fill up our water tanks, while little Marco was searching all the yachts for Liza and Adrian`s Two Ticks. And he found it! But they weren`t aboard.
|Yacht Two Tics left in background|
While tying up to the water jetty, an umbrella was running and waving towards us! It was the small figure of Liza, and Adrian grabbing our lines! At last! So far away from all our people and we hugged and kissed each other like family! They left South-Africa a month before us, two young married people, and we never thought we`ll see each other again, and here we were hugging with watery eyes…
We ended spending New Years on Andando, after sharing a beer in a restaurant.
|Liza and Adrian (Yacht Two Ticks)|
|Marco, Carole and Peter|