18.06.2011 - 23.06.2011
Since our interesting first night in Christchurch we've had plenty of activities to keep us occupied and fairly exhausted! Highlights include the fancy dress party at the 'Poo Pub' by Lake Mahinapua, where the theme was 'bad taste'. I opted for bad taste in fashion so as to cause minimal offence, bringing together a calamitously clashing combo of red t-shirt, multi-coloured turqouise/pink shirt and Rob's elephant trousers from Thailand. Lovely. We also went paintballing - where I managed to shoot a man who is in the airforce. This slightly glamourises an afternoon in which I made minimal contributions to the team and spent most of time being shot. But so what. I shot a guy from the airforce. We also hiked up the spectacular Franz Joseph glacier. That made for an amazing day. Ice isn't even slippery in the boots and 'crampons' they give you. Still cold though. Fortunately I have invested in a second jumper, and we learned a nice 'penguin dance' to keep us warm.
With all of the activities taking their toll on the wallet, it is fortunate that New Zealand is less expensive than Australia. Although Rob is still seemingly a little confused when it comes to budgeting, missing several meals due to being 'too poor' put still managing to find the money for at least 5 pints a night... Being on a bus of people of similar age tends to put going out on the agenda most nights - although I've largely stuck to tap water with the occassional ice cold cider thrown in! It's nice meeting all these other people though they seem to be a really fun group!
I'd also like to give a shout out to New Zealand's scenery. Comfortably the most spectacular I've seen. And just consistent everywhere we go. The camera is being loaded up with new pictures! As yet we've seen limited Lord of the Rings places - but I'm definitely hoping to see the likes of Hobbiton and Mordor at some point!
The last week has also seen the unexpected return of the beard that patchily covered some of my chin back in the Vietnam days... This is not out of choice, but I only own an electric razor and it won't charge anyway in Australasia which has left me rather stuck.