Today is the last day of our "holiday" - our trip back to New Zealand from the UK. It's take us almost 2 months to get here, and it's been a crazy amount of fun. Along the way, we have been to three countries, walked about 60km (and about 5km vertically), driven around 3500 miles, and eaten not nearly enough delicious Mexican food.
Despite the best efforts of the US Government to close everything, we managed to see some brilliant places. Some pictorial highlights:
- Italy (Parma, Cinque Terre National Park, Alpi Apuane, Volterra, Elba). Leonie also has a number of great posts with photos on this: Day 1; Days 2 and 3 in Cinque Terre; Days 4 and 5 in the Alps; Days 6 and 7 in Volterra; Days 8 and 9 on Elba.
- San Francisco and The Do Lectures.
- 25 days in an RV from Seattle, to LA, and back, ending the the surreal fog at Deception Pass.
(all of those link to Flickr sets which are auto-created from Instagram)
For me, the best bits were in the RV, in some of the remote beach State Parks. All the National Parks were closed, so we had to route around that - and that ended up being good, as we took our time driving down the coast enjoying the sights, weather, food and wine the Washington, Oregon and California have to offer. I definitely preferred the northern end of that tho - Oregon, especially, is amazing. We could have spent all 25 days there and not been wow'ed every day.
And Oregon has great coffee shacks all over the place. What's not to love?
This afternoon, it's back to NZ from LA, and back to "reality" - ie, looking for work, doing Gone Mobile , a permanent house to live in, and a car. All the things we've not needed for the last 6 years in the UK.
If you happen to be looking for a Xamarin-focused mobile developer, drop me an email - NZ is nicely placed for remote work with the west coast of the US.