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Trip Start Sep 12, 2007
Trip End Feb 24, 2008

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Wednesday, October 17, 2007

life in Nelson is still upbeat and keeping me in a constantly great mood. I've been woofing now for just about a week, and it's a very laid-back and unchallenging job for the most part. stress isn't really a factor in my day-to-day life right now, and that's something that I really cherish.
being away, and now, having a place to call 'home' has given me all the time in the world to examine my life and really put my prioritities back in order. it took a few weeks, but I feel now like I'm more capable of holding my own here or back in Ottawa, and I know a lot more certainly the things (and people) I want in my life. so this has been great so far.
all I've been doing for the past 3 or 4 days, aside from working and playing Yahtzee.. sorry, winning Yahtzee, has been walking or biking around Nelson. it's a really easy town to navigate, and we're surrounded by hills on one side, and the Tasman Sea on the other. not a bad place to be. the other day I took out one of the bikes and just rode away from the centre of town, down the side of the highway. the pathway led me to an old graveyard, which was just gorgeous to be in, and then I finally stumbled across the Japanese gardens people had been talking about. turns out they're just down the road from the hostel, but I'd been taking the wrong road to get there. really really pretty scenery there. and obviously, I was wishing I had a certain Japanese-loving counterpart there with me ;)

I will say, though, that the one discouraging thing I've run into every single time my groceries or necessities start dwindling down.. is forking over the money for them. MAN are those things ever expensive. ((Gramma, don't show Grampa this part)) I just got back from Woolworth's - a chain grocery store in NZ - after searching all over downtown Nelson for a pharmacy to no avail. I bought 4 things that I needed: shampoo and conditioner, toothpaste, and body lotion. now tell me how that could possibly be $31?? the shampoo and conditioner were the 2nd cheapest ones on the shelf, but the best value for their cost. why does toothpaste - any kind - cost $8/tube? I don't get it.
that leads me to this: new plan for next month. instead of touring around the south island for the whole of November (ha), I think it'll probably instead end up being that I go to Christchurch for the concert on or around the 10th, and then find a place - I've heard Wanaka is nice - to settle down again and work for another few weeks. for money this time.
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kawaiguy on

Yuki...that sounds...
JAPANESE!!! I know it was an accident running into the garden (a very cool one!), but you should ask her about some Japanese things there- if not just for me, but you might find that their culture is quite engrained into the NZ-culture (Paul did admit having taken mandarory Japanese classes in High School).
Anyhow, can't believe the prices on personal hygiene stuff, no wonder why Paul talked about the girls being stinky :P

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