…saying yes, I AM alive, and have some great updates to share as soon as I get a chance.

Have been working off grid, so my battery power -and time- has been severely limited.  In such cases all available resources must be allocated to work. (This will surely happen again during the trip, so consider yourself warned.)   However, I have just arrived in the last hour at my relative’s house in the somewhat oddly named Lower Hutt –I can see Wellington over the hill– and there is a desk!  outlets in the wall, with a free flow of electricity!  (oooh!)  excellent signal through my internet connection!   So all possible conditions are highly favorable, with a strong forecast for me to be able to catch you all up shortly.  Thank you for your continued patience, and please cancel the rescue helicopters. 🙂