. There was a guy on the bus who was eating toast for breakfast, ham sandwiches for lunch and tuna sandwiches for dinner EVERY DAY. I'm trying to find a balance between eating healthy and not spending an arm and a leg. My only downfall so far is that I'm getting sucked in by those bakeries that make those oh so delicious savoury pies. Why must the bus stop at every pie shop in every town??? We stopped for a couple of nights at Abel Tasman Park. I wanted to go kayaking around the park but I also wanted to go sailing as well. Too many activities, not enough time. I opted for the full day sail. The national park was beautiful but the weather wasn't so cooperative. While we were heading back on our boat, we heard news about the earthquake in Christchurch. We were about 400 km northwest of Christchurch at the time. My apologies for not updating my "alive" status earlier but internet access was not an option. One Stray-ee's dad was so worried that he contacted Foreign Affairs Canada. Apparently, they emailed her the day after to offer her a free flight back to Canada!Last night we arrived in the "Las Vegas of New Zealand" : Barrytown. Population = 50. Our Stray bus almost doubled the population of the town. It was theme night and our bus chose "flower power". We had the chance to go to some charity shops for costume ideas and I managed to find a triple XL flowy shirt for $3 NZD and paired it with my leggings and aviators to complete the look. I think some people misinterpreted the theme and went for the Hawaiian look instead. All in all, it was good fun! Off to Franz Josef for glacier hiking!
We arrived in Wellington in the early afternoon on Sunday. I'll definitely have to make a return trip to this cool capital of New Zealand. It isn't a large city by any means but it's got a very cool vibe to it. K and I visited Te Papa - the national museum of New Zealand. We were there for a good 3 hours before it closed for the day. Best of all, it was free! On a side note, I'm definitely fulfilling my goal of cooking at least once a week. Almost all Stray-ees cook their own meals in the hostels' kitchens to save $$$ so naturally I have followed suit. The food in NZ is not cheap by any means. Produce is two to three times the price of the equivalent back home. I'm hearing from all the travelers that NZ is already considered cheap compared to Australia. I guess we have it really good in Vancouver with all the fresh fruits and vegetables. I've been cooking dinner every night since I hopped on the Stray bus. Mom, you'll be so proud of me! The majority of the backpackers live on pasta and sandwiches or anything that is on sale