Moving south

Trip Start Jun 10, 2009
Trip End Sep 07, 2009

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Flag of New Zealand  , North Island,
Monday, June 29, 2009

I spent the past couple of days relaxing in Auckland with a group of American missionaries. Jacque's group spent their last couple of weeks in New Zealand working with them. The first night I was there I went with the people I was staying with to another couple's house and we watched an All Black game. It was the first time I had actually watched rugby, and I liked it. It has a much quicker pace and is more intense than football, and I really like there not being any commercials. New Zealand beat Italy, but it was humorous because the Italian team was happy they only lost 21-6, while New Zealand was disappointed they didn't play better even though they won. Go figure. Sunday was just more relaxing, along with church in the evening at the same house we watched rugby. Afterward, there was dinner and a lot of just hanging out doing stuff like playing ping pong, Uno and their Wii and watching some Flight of Conchords. Good times.

I managed to get all my bureaucratic stuff done over the last couple days: I now have a one-year work holiday visa and I canceled the onward ticket I had to buy to come to New Zealand. Being able to take care of all that and relax with some Americans for a couple of days with nothing to do helped. It was good getting to know the group I was around and fun hanging out while at the same time getting me ready to move on because of the "inactivity" and rested me up for more travel.

Tomorrow I cross Cook Strait on a ferry to Picton and head over to Blenheim. The ferry crossing is supposed to be one of the most beautiful in the world, which will hopefully mean pictures. Tonight is my first hostel experience (I've stayed in guest houses previously, which give you your own room), but it seems like it might be a bit tame: as of now, 10:15 p.m., there's no one else (or their stuff) in my room. I've heard the horror stories of drunk roommates or even copulating couples, but I was looking forward to either meeting some other backpackers and having a good time or getting some of my own stories. Oh well; I won't say no to a peaceful night's sleep, though.
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