Wednesday, January 28, 2009

3 weeks left in Queenstown

One of our roommates just moved to Sydney, which is so sad considering she is amazing and our life in Queenstown seems somewhat void without her here.  Since Tatty has moved we have acquired 3 more roommates.  Keep in mind we live in a two-bedroom apartment with 3 beds.  Basically we just keep our philosophy “sharing is caring”, so we share the floor, beds, food, and clothing.  The upside of close living quarters is we have much cheaper rent.  Downside is definitely never a clean apartment, and personal space is quite tough to find.  All involved it’s still pretty great.  As of now our plan is to leave Queenstown by February 13 and head out on a massive road trip.  Basically we are planning on hiking, camping, and exploring the country.  Because we are planning to leave in less than a month we have been utilizing our last bit of time in Queenstown to the best of our advantage. 

We only have another 3 months before we head home.  So we have decided to leave Queenstown and explore the rest of the country with our remaining time.  During our last few weeks of being in Queenstown we have been trying to take advantage of all there is to do in the vicinity.  We have spent the days swimming, hiking, and camping.  We live about 5 minutes away from a place to go swimming and cliff jumping.  We have been warned against swimming in Lake Wakitipu because apparently it is frigidly cold.  Obviously we did not take this suggestion seriously (come on how cold could it actually be?)  Well the cliff to jump from is about 15 meters high, so there is no way of testing the water before jumping.  As usual I was the first to go, I guess to prove it’s safe (which isn’t logical now thinking about it… oh well).  So Ash followed soon after my jump, and surprisingly the lake is fairly chilly.  After about 2 or 3 minutes of swimming around the water started to feel warm, and we began to mock those that told us it was to cold to swim (it could have been that our bodies were in shock on no longer had and sensation- just a theory).  We braved this excursion to “Little Thailand” with two of our friends Dana and Katrina (they didn’t jump). 

We have taken two camping trips one to the Greenstone Caples track all I can say about is my feet were completely blistered afterward (I hate walking on roots), the sand flies were horrific, and my legs still itch.  Even though this walk wasn’t optimum we still had a blast being gone from Queenstown for a short bit.  Basically our plan for the next 3 months is to walk the country, so I should start get used to soar feet.  We are very excited to start our trip. 

The second trip we took was to a neighboring town called Wanaka.  We went to try out their infamous movie theater.  It was pretty cool considering we watched the film on couches eating our snacks of chocolate cake and cookies.  But really we still think Bear’s Tooth is much cruisier.  After the movie we had planned to pull of to a wide spot in the road and set up our tents.  This is especially tricky in New Zealand considering livestock are in all of the fields.  We found a place right off the road and set up camp for the night, only to be woken up numerously throughout the night by bah, bah, bah.  Ash had a nightmare that there were dinosaurs in the field and we were in danger (I think this might be to our recent viewing of Jurassic Park).  Well we meant to wake up and leave before anyone found out we had even been in the field.  This didn’t work out for as well as planned.  At 8am we were woken up by the shepherd’s dog.  We quickly packed the car, but unfortunately not quick enough to escape the harsh rhetoric of the angry shepherd.  I nodded at her annoyance and agreed to leave with all our rubbish.  I remember a story Lang had about sleeping in a field in Europe only to find out it was a livestock field.  Well I have also been apart of this scenario, but our escape seemed to be a little less covert. 

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