In this life
Trip Start Sep 12, 2007
36Trip End Feb 24, 2008
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the new 'plan' (I use the term loosely on this trip) is that Aaron - one of the great people I've met in NZ so far - and I will be leaving here sometime on Wednesday and heading south. the only real for sure thing is that I'm going to the Southern Amp concert on Sunday. aside from that, we're just gonna float around until we find a good (aka 'cheap') place to stay for a tiny bit and get in some sight-seeing whenever possible. Aaron's already done most of the South Island, save for Kaikoura - some place I really want to check out - and Milford Sound. so most likely I'll be dragging him to those places.. especially Fiordland. that is my mecca here. if I don't go there, part of me won't feel like I've *really* been in NZ for real. so hopefully that'll be sometime soon.
there aren't a ton of recent pictures, aside from some parts of Nelson I've already gotten to know, and people and things around the hostel. one lesson I've learned 3 times over since getting to the Green Monkey is how horrible a Monopoly player I am. oh man.. and a really really bad loser, at that. so, maybe I'll have to stay away from Monopoly for a while yet. it's not doing good for my morale to lose so many times in a row.
I miss everyone at home a LOT. doing Halloween here was so... odd, because of how insignificant it is in the culture of New Zealand. really, we went to a bar in town and altogether there were about 50 people dressed up. that was one of two bars in town doing anything to celebrate, too. wow. totally unlike home.
oh, and there has been Christmas decor in stores for about a month now. there is nothing left between now and Christmas, so that's what you find. talk about early!!
lots of love from across the sea