This is Edgar Allan Poppet. Almost two years ago, he visited Rotorua, home of black swans and therapeutic waters.
They also have great sunsets, as evidenced by this totally unedited picture.
Edgar Allan Poppet went to Rotorua with some friends who wanted to Do All The Touristy Things. One of these Things involved a van ride with a friendly orc, who took Edgar Allan Poppet and his friends to a place you might recognize.
The friendly orc also gave Edgar Allan Poppet and his friends a stern (but cheerful) (but stern) lecture about keeping their many, many pictures to themselves so this place could be a surprise for everyone. (Well, everyone who didn't pay a friendly orc to drive them forty-five minutes out of Rotorua.) This is why Edgar Allan Poppet waited almost two years to show you his photos. He hopes it's okay for him to do so now, since the movie has been out for a while and millions of people have gone to see it. Also, much nicer pictures have appeared on all the major news sites.
So pretty! It was ever so slightly rainy when Edgar Allan Poppet went, which made it magical but a tad difficult to photograph.
There were no obliging fenceposts near any of the houses, so Edgar Allen Poppet got his friend Michelle to hold him while I snapped this picture.
Michelle got me to take a picture of her outside this door, since she's always wanted to visit it. (She asked Edgar Allan Poppet first, but he had some trouble with the camera on account of his arms are molded against his body.) Michelle is not fond of sharing her visage with the world, so Edgar Allan Poppet urged me to show you the Michelle-free photo.
This pub was closed to the public back then, but you can go there, if you want. You lucky duck.
Back in Rotorua, Edgar Allan Poppet's friends dumped him at the hostel. They ate a delicious hāngi dinner and watched some talented dancers, including a guy who'd spent 55 hours getting traditional tattoos on his upper legs and buttocks.
They took few pictures, since they were too busy enjoying themselves.
It was a good day1.
Back In the Day:
- One Year Ago: nada
- Two Years Ago: Ten Ruby Trick by Julia Knight
- Three Years Ago: The Sci Fi Experience 2010
- Four Years Ago: The Good Prince by Bill Willingham and Mark Buckingham et al
- Well, other than the point in the evening when the MC asked Michelle if she could sing a Zulu song. Michelle is Canadian, as he ought to have known from the start of the festivities, when everyone shared their nationalities. She and I sang "Oh," Canada" instead.
The rest of it was great, though. Pretty, green spaces! Friendly orcs! A van Seth Green had also ridden in! (I didn't think I was the kind of person who'd get excited about riding in a van that had previously held someone who'd been on BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER. I was wrong.) Delicious food! Talented people! Yay!