1. Andrea
    December 24, 2011 @ 11:06 am

    Have a blast!! Let us know which beer you liked the best =)

    • Andrew
      December 29, 2011 @ 11:51 am

      Thanks. So far the favorite is a cherry wheat beer called Lady from a small brewery in Wanaka.

  2. Heather
    December 23, 2011 @ 8:13 pm

    Travel safely and Merry Christmas to you both!

    • Andrew
      December 24, 2011 @ 8:56 am

      Thanks. Merry Christmas from Queenstown.

  3. Jeremy Branham
    December 22, 2011 @ 5:35 am

    Ali was telling me about this trip earlier. I am sure you saw the comments but man has she changed you! 🙂

    Did you ever imagine you would be on a plane taking a trip like this? There’s so much more of the world you can see. Good for you for conquering your fears. I just hope “Andy on an airplane to NZ” doesn’t mean the world is coming to an end! 🙂

    • Andrew
      December 24, 2011 @ 8:55 am

      No, I am at the ends of the earth, but not yet the end of the world. I guess I just needed the right motivation and I found simply the best one possible.

  4. The Honourable Husband
    December 21, 2011 @ 3:27 pm

    It’s fantastic to hear this news, for so many reasons.

    For me Hong Kong = food. Eat, eat, eat! It’s all great.

    New Zealand is extraordinary. I once was the best man at a wedding in Wellington, and we stayed at the bride’s family home in Taupo/Rotorua. If you want a “Swingers” moment, try the driving range in Taupo where you hit the balls onto a green in the middle of the lake.

    Love to both of you from Masa and me.

    • Andrew
      December 24, 2011 @ 8:52 am

      Hong Kong was fantastic. Dim Sum and noodles were what I ate and they were indeed fantastic. My camera ate the pictures of the dim sum unfortunately. Maybe I can recover them later.

      Thanks and Merry Christmas.

  5. Gillian @OneGiantStep
    December 21, 2011 @ 3:20 pm

    Good luck Andy! You can do it…just keep thinking of meeting Ali at the other end. It helps me to think of when I see planes taking off, landing and flying that they all look so smooth and in control…I imagine all the people on board being relaxed with cocktails in their hands. Maybe a cocktail would help? Merry Christmas to both of you!

    • Andrew
      December 24, 2011 @ 8:50 am

      Thanks. Did 2 LOOOONG flights yesterday and day before. Both went ok. Ali and I just did a jump from Auckland to Queenstown and I almost(!) enjoyed it. The sights of the mountains were amazing. Merry Christmas to you as well.

  6. ian in hamburg
    December 21, 2011 @ 10:41 am

    Enjoy New Zealand! My grandfather was born in 19th-century Rotorua and I’ve still never made it.
    And do make the most of your Hong Kong flash-stay. Still not been back after nearly 15 years. I’m looking forward to your impressions of both.

  7. Amanda
    December 21, 2011 @ 9:28 am

    Have fun!! Can’t wait to see what you two think of NZ. 🙂

    • Andrew
      December 24, 2011 @ 8:47 am

      Thanks. Just got back from Mount Bob in Queenstown. This is a pretty cool little town.