Buenos Dias - Two teas love - Merci

Trip Start Feb 26, 2010
Trip End Feb 26, 2011

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Okains Bay Campground

Flag of New Zealand  , Canterbury,
Wednesday, November 10, 2010

We woke up to the scent of pine trees all around and Erica instantly started thinking about Christmas, good lord this will be a miserable one if Erica keeps this up, I think we can have a ritual wrist slashing session after dinner on Christmas day. We lounged around drinking tea listening to more Spanish (which just isn't sinking in) before going on the adventure playground for about an hour which is part of the campsite. It was good fun doing the zip wires etc.

We then headed off to explore the peninsular and drove on to Akaroa the main town here. The French actually landed here first and the town holds this French theme to its roots (we even saw school kids playing petanque). So whilst all the street names are Rue Grande or whatever and the signs are mostly in French, there is not a French accent to be heard. We had a good walk around town, which is very quaint, before settling down for a pot of tea in a place with free wifi (at least we have the code now so can park outside it in the van pull the curtains and hack the wifi without spending 2.50 on a pot of tea. We got the blog back up to date but it just took ages as we uploaded simply too many pictures for our own good. The last few days have been immense though and we thought it would be good to give people an idea why New Zealand is such a special country. By 2pm we had grown so hungry as luxurious French meals were served all around us that we could have eaten a scabby donkey, instead we booked on a dolphin swimming trip for the next day and took the scenic road back to camp.  Apparently Akaroa is the only place in the world where you can swim with Hector’s Dolphins, the smallest and rarest dolphin in the world.

When we got back we cooked up a packet of pasta (not a big packet the pasta’n’sauce type things which filled us up for a few hours. We listened to yet more Spanish and continued with our eat up before we have to give the van back. Tonight we finished the remnants of our pate and watched a film. It is starting to get a bit weird knowing that in a couple of days we will no longer have the Gimp or any an for that matter. The prospect of huge dorms is starting to weigh on our minds but at least we feel like we are getting our plan together. We just need to start spending and picking up the cheap flights before the prices go up. Some of the flights are only 20 more than a 40 hour bus journey so we need to take advantage of those while we can.

We finished off our last bits of wine and had a few gin and cokes (again it is eat up and drink up time so the combinations may just get odder and odder).
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