After having just finished my journey with Stray in Wellington I was on a bus to Napier. I had contacted some friends of friends who said I was welcome to stay with them. Carol and Bruce were in their early forties and had a beautiful house on the country side with two dogs and a hundred olive trees in their garden. On the first day, Sunday they welcomed me to join a church meeting with them and to show me around in the city.
Napier is a city that is known as the Worlds most consistently Art Deco City in the World. For those of you who do not know what Art Deco is, it is a style of building from the thirties that exist mainly in post colonial cities that were built at that time. The reason why pretty much all of Napier is built in this style is because it had an earthquake in the thirties that made it having to be built up again from scratch. When I was there there was also an earthquake shaking the ground beneath me, but luckily not as big as the one eighty years ago.
Staying three nights with Carol and Bruce was a delightful break from backpacker life. They let me borrow their bike to cycle around in town and through all the vineyards in the area, cooked some delicious food better than the pasta I usually cook in hostels and let me relax comfortably in the evenings. It all was a reminder for me how I missed my own home and it is going to be good to get back to my own family and bed, even just for a few days next week before I continue my onwards travels.