On the move

Trip Start Aug 24, 2004
Trip End May 09, 2005

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Wednesday, September 1, 2004

Hello everyone. I'm now in Christchurch. I've travelled through quite a bit of this country in the week I've been here. If you're lazy and don't feel like checking a map to find where I am, then you're in luck. Travelpod is updating their maps so that they place a dot where the entry is coming from. Right now it just does capital cities.

Anyway, after three days in Wellington I've moved south to Christchurch for a few interviews. I had an interview yesterday for a job on Franz Josef. Literally a two street town (and I believe one bar). Population, 160. Summer season, 2000. People love that glacier for skiing, snowboarding, etc. It sounds really cool but I have a feeling that it's a bit too isolated for me. I'm waiting to have an interview for a job in Te Anau and then I'll head out to Queenstown for an interview or two. Some of these places offer free use of their gym, spa, sauna, pool, weight room, etc. with employment. oh yeah, and free meals!

Now about the journey down here. I took the ferry (more specifically The Lynx www.interislandline.co.nz )from Wellington to Picton. After walking around Picton for about an hour I took the train down the East Coast to Christchurch (passing through Kaikoura). I've got picture of the Kaikoura mountain range and many other awesome sites on the way. It was tough getting some shots because of how much the train shook and the wind blew.

Christchurch seems to be a quiet town. I don't know the population, but it's one of the larger cities on the South Island. Of course I think only a quarter of the population lives on the South Island so Christchurch has about a fraction of one million people I believe.

The hostel I'm in at the moment is very cozy and comfortable. The Old Countryhouse (http://homepages.ihug.co.nz/~oldhouse/) is about 15 mins. walk from Cathedral Square so it doesn't seem like the most popular hostel to stay in, but it's the best I've seen so far. One problem though...no oven. I didn't realize this last night when I brought home some chicken to make. So what did I do? DEEP FRY. What a disaster. Actually I made French Fries which turned out fine. The chicken was just a lost cause. I've also stayed at the Wildlife Hostel in Wellington (http://www.wildlifehouse.co.nz/photos.phtml) Some of those pictures aren't even taken in the hostel. It's not that crazy or fun, but it is right downtown. The Auckland City YHA doesn't have much to show so I won't post that one.

Well, I'm out for now. Check out the awesome pictures from the ferry ride!
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