Last stop in New Zealand - Christchurch
Trip Start Sep 24, 2006
107Trip End Sep 01, 2007
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Anyway got to the bus depot at 7 p.m. and had a vague idea where my hostel was so got some directions from the bus driver's helper that took bags off here, and I started walking. Found it after a few minutes, it is very central. Am in a 6 bed dorm (4 of us, including Carolina from Brazil who had arrived on the Magic Bus earlier that afternoon). I was so tired I chatted with her for awhile as the 2 others had gone out for dinner apparently and then I went to bed. Carolina left early this a.m. back on magicbus and I chatted with my 2 roommates, Brida and Quiva from Ireland near Dublin. They are young, 20 somethings who are doing the 'working in NZ for a year' and Brida has her first day at work today as a waitress in a pool joint. They are very sociable even though Quiva was sick in bed. Funny how with my ear plugs I rarely hear anyone coming and going, as I didn't hear them come in last night.
Since the Stonehurst hostel (Grovesnor street across from Latimer Square) is ok, I decided to stay for the last 3 nights of my journey here and paid for 3 more nights ($22 NZ = $17.71 Can. $ (NZ $ dropping in value) a night; it has a pool table, and a heated pool - it was 17 here yesterday and it is supposed to be colder than Australia!), a big kitchen, laundry facilities, a couple of open air decks, a tv room, a bar, etc.) and wandered downtown, which is very close by and have to update my blogs. Also will go to the Canterbury Museum, the Art Gallery, the Christchurch Cathedral and ride on the free downtown shuttle. Apart from taking in a couple of movies (it is is their International Film Festival now), I will be winding down.