I have explored much of the Canterbury University taking particular delight in a stream that meanders through the campus.
Later this afternoon MarkB had a meeting in the city center so after some souvlaki (sp?) Mark B went off to a meeting and I got to explore a little bit. I went and saw this really great aquarium as well as a "kiwi room." Kiwis only come out at night so this room was very, very dark but one of the kiwis came right up to the glass and I could see him pretty well in the darkness. They are bigger than I thought and I learned quite a few things about them.
1. Kiwi nostrils are at the end of their very long beak.
2. Kiwi eggs are 3rd largest in the world and the largest in comparison with their body mass. Pregnant kiwis lay eggs about a third of their body mass.
3. The kiwi evolved in an environment without natural predators so they really are more or less defenceless. Domestic cats really wreaked major havok on their population.
MarkB had told me a favorite New Zealand ice cream is called `Hokey Pokey' so as I strolled back to the building to pick him up I figured I would stop and get me an ice cream. New Zealand ice cream IS as good as they say. Hokey Pokey has a slight honey vanilla flavor to it with bits of crystalized honey caramel. Not sure how to describe it except to say it is good. Really, really good. I'm going to have to get some more.
Hopefully Mark B will be wrapping things up in another 45 minutes here at the university and then we're headed back to his place. He has surround sound and a projector so I figure he should see some more episodes of Battlestar Galactica. I'm certain I will fall asleep but I think he'll like it.