Trip Start Dec 03, 2008
Trip End Oct 14, 2009

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Flag of New Zealand  , South Island,
Friday, February 27, 2009

After visiting Mt. Cook, we visited Cromwell, Arrowtown and also Frankton, where we stayed for three nights.     Now we are in Queenstown and looking for jobs. It really isn't fun looking for a job and just reminds me that I need to update my resume. Boo. We found a great hostel to stay in and got the biggest room here. We also have WIFI for free so that's how we are even able to update the blog. It's funny to us that the Internet in South America was much more accessible and cheap. At one place in Peru we paid $0.20 for an hour, here it is $2.00 per 15 minutes! So, needless to say, we can't update this as much as we'd like. But this hostel looks right out over Queenstown. It's up on a hill that I believe has the steepest road in the World, well not really but I had to walk up it backwards. Tonight we went out and the stars are definitely out! 

Today we hiked up and back down a mountain! There is a gondola that takes people to the top for an amazing view of Queenstown.    But we decided we needed some exercise so we hiked. Before we started out, we sure didn't know how long it would take. It said 30 minutes to the top. One hour and 30 minutes later we arrived. Of course, we had taken the LONG way. But it was worth it because it was so beautiful.  

One day we took a ride out to a small town called Glenorchy.  It's a beautiful ride out right along the water of Lake Wakatipu.  Somewhat dangerous as all you want to do is stare out over the water with the mountains behind.  This road dead-ends in Glenorchy.  There really is nothing to do here either.  We went out on one of the docks and went to a few small shops in town.  That's about it, but the drive made it well worth our while.

So, some of you are probably wondering about what we've been eating and all sorts of other stuff. Some things we don't even think about writing about (until our parents ask) so if you want to know about anything else, just shot us an email and we'll post something.

We have been eating well, probably too well. We make dinner ourselves about every night. Whether staying at a hostel or camping, which we do 99% of the time, we have to share the kitchen. There is a complete fire ban here at the moment so we haven't be able to have any campfires. Usually sharing the kitchen isn't so bad, but we've come across a few that I refuse to spend any time in - so we eat pizza or go out. Otherwise, we've had lots of rice, pasta, steaks, brats, stews and lots and lots of mint chocolate cookies. They make some really good ones here. Brian got a 6 pack of donuts and a 6 pack of double chocolate muffins yesterday alone - I've been helping him. Thats another good reason to climb a mountain. The wine here is wonderful and fairly cheap so we've been enjoying that often. Brian is now on a kick of drinking this beer called "Double Brown". Gross name but I guess it's not so bad. Once we reach a new town, we usually eat out at least once to try the food. There is ALWAYS a cafe or bar open so we can sample the local wine and beer as well. We've had some really great meals so far.

We are basically living out of our car, Miles, and have all our clothes in the trunk. We have all of our food, dishes and camping gear in our back seat. It's nice knowing where everything is but its really not fun in the rain. We pass a lot of hitchhikers that we can't pick up because of all the stuff - maybe that's a good thing. We already are saying how we'll miss the simplicity of living out of a car. But we both agree that once back home, we probably won't want to live out of a car. Yikes. There are advantages of living and sleeping in a building. Camping is treating us pretty good though. At first our hips were bothering us because of the hard ground, but we've gotten used to that, as well as not being able to completely stretch out. We can put up a tent in a matter of minutes but taking it down in the mornings really isn't much fun.

Another thing we've noticed is the lack of creativity in the naming of companies but the overly creative names for their streets. Here are a few examples...Sheep World, Puzzle World, Possum World, Puna World, Ugly Hill Road, Rabbit Ears Road, Pumpkin Flat Street.

Enjoy the pictures and we hope to give an update again shortly. Love to all.
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