Trip Start Sep 30, 2012
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of New Zealand  , South Island,
Thursday, October 25, 2012

Alcohol is the devil. It just ruins everything. I woke up at 7.19 and my bus was leaving in 11 minutes from a stop 10 minutes from the hostel. Luckily it was late as well so I just made it but 9 hours on a bus gives you plenty of time to sit in last night's clothes and mull over your hangover blues, and how you will NEVER drink again because it meant you now have no money to pay for your next night’s sleep and no internet to try pay over the web from your English account and no visa to enable you to work for accomodation and how, worst of all, you think you mayn have forgotten your pyjamas in the rush to pack. I wandered blindly around the scenic stop at pancake rocks, sobbing into my camera and just wanting my mum and dad. This is actually the first time in three weeks that I have cried or missed home.

Then at the next stop I got signal on my phone, booked two nights at the Franz Josef YHA and the sun came out. Lesson number one: alcohol ruins everything. Lesson number two: sunshine and money make everything better.

I spent two nights at Franz Josef glacier and one very relaxed day. I let myself sleep in till ten, having got up at 6am for the previous four days, skyped mum and dad, read in front of the fire and chatted with the other travallers. I also walked up to see the glacier which was very impressive although I couldn’t see much of it, and it’s hard to explain what it was like – you will have to wait to see the pics. It was drizzling but that is apparently better as it meant some of the ice broke off leaving sheer, very blue ice cliffs. Really quite awesome. Oddly enough when I got to the base there was a Kea (kind of a big parrot thing) just casually wandering around posing for tourists. No idea what it was doing there, but it provided some unexpected entertainment. Tomorrow I am getting a lift down to Queenstown with an Australian girl in my dorm as it’s cheaper and quicker than the bus. This seems pretty sensible and safe, but I wonder if I would have been as eager if it had been a man who offered me a lift?
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Mum n Dad on

Hope you have learnt your lessons! Especially number 1! Haha

stephen on

hope you didnt sleep on someones lawn like someone else from your familey did once
no names though

Andie on

Thats my girl.... tomorrow is the day to 'turn your life around'!!! Even if you have got a hangover (or slept on a lawn) the night before!
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