Deep south

Trip Start Feb 20, 2009
Trip End Mar 15, 2009

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Wednesday, March 4, 2009

So, we spent a very enjoyable week down in Dunedin. Thank you, thank you, thank you to all involved for your warm hospitality.

What can I say about Dunedin then, well its a small, population about 110,000, Last estimates of the number of homeless people living on the streets of London are about 150 thou. I think Dunners might have a dozen or so strange characters that for whatever reason have decided this is a good spot to sleep rough. Sure, you can connect to the internet and get all the globalisation you want, but walking down the main street of Dunedin not that much has changed in years, and years. The fashion looks at least 10 years out of date, the hairstyles sometimes even more historic, some of the cars on the street seen to be held together with gaffer tape. Absolutely none of this is a criticism however. In fact I think its great! Long may the deep south stay stuck in its ways. I wouldn't want it any other way.

It was Orientation week for the students while we were there so about the most lively time of the year. There were gigs on and various goings on around the campus to help the new bods settle in, going teams and generally party and have a get smashed. The front page news as we flew down was of hundreds of students dressed in Greek toga's all going a bit mad throwing eggs and flour everywhere down the main high street the day before. The shopkeepers were far from pleased at hanging to get up the next morning and scrape down all their windows. Luckily it seems the students are the lifeblood of the town and contribute far more to the local economy than they destroy.

Dunedin is quieter than Auckland in nature as well as everything else than Auckland. I noticed the only sound was the crickets at night, compared to Auckland much nosier cicada's which I guess English readers won't have a clue about. They make quite a racket, but its the sound of Summer I'm used to and it feels like home to have the humming away in the background. In fact everywhere in NZ feels like home. I can see why tourists love it here so much but to me its all just like putting on a comfortable jacket, that I know and love. I have no idea if its in fashion as more or not, but I no longer care as I just like it. Things just look right and feel right.

There's not much to review about what we got up to as it was just a case of getting up and working out who we were visiting that day, and what time. Quite a leisurely schedule and agreeable. It flowed smoothly everywhere, sometimes better than expected, like when we had breakfast at a cafe and just happened to see Clare's sisters friend Davina waiting at the counter. She'd stayed with us a few times in Camden and we were thinking of trying to see if she was around. I got a bit philosophic thinking its a good sign showing everything is working out as it should, and life is great, but Clare says no its just Dunedin, we would have met eventually. She was proved right later when we met another friend Jasmin and just behind her someone was saying I hear Jasmin Easterbrook's in town'. She turned around to find old friends she hasn't seen in yonks. Seems is quite a common occurrence in a small town then. However both me a Jas agreed it a good showing of natures harmonics when this occurs. By the way thanks so much for taking us to the beach Jasmin, that was awesome!

We had a wedding to get to which was actually the only overcast day, but better for photo's so they say. I'm not supposed to put any photo's of the bride online yet until the official shots have been released. It was a beautiful setting outdoors in an old park, and a lovely reception in the Otago museum. Good day all round, and lovely to be part of. The rain came just after the party moved indoors so some more good stuff from mother nature going on there.

ok, enjoy the photos..
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