It’s a small backpacker world. Right now I’m sitting at a place called Patagonia in Queenstown because I ran in to a girl that I met in Paihia. She’s looking for a job down here and Patagonia is one of the places she would like to work at. It’s a hot chocolate cafĂ© with free wifi, perfect. I’m sipping on a thick mexican chilli chocolate right now. Other than that girl I’ve also met Claire and Elliot, two people that stayed at Fat Camel same time as I, Elliot played football with me that rainy Sunday.
The two danish girls Signe and Ditte that was in Paihia with me sat in the spa pool in Franz Josef, Tim was there too. Bumped in to Signe and Ditte here in Queenstown a few days ago too.

When I was in Makarora I woke up in the middle of the night cos my bed was shaking. It was an earthquake down further south which caused large rocks on the road and blocked the only way in and out to Milford. Luckily I stayed in Queenstown a couple of extra days before going down to Milford to do the Milford Sound cruise so that they could clear the road. But on the way down with the Stray bus the road had been closed again, this time due to heavy snow. To do the best of the situation we re booked the Steward Island ferry to the same day we were supposed to do the Sound cruise. The ferry didn’t leave until 16:30 so we had some time to kill. That’s when Maria recognized a guy on a poster. It was a guy in a wheelchair playing rugby. Maria worked at the paralympics four years ago and had seen him play. Apparently his team were playing just a few blocks away. So before the ferry over to Stewie we went and watched some rugby. As I entered the grandstand I heard someone calling my name, turned around and there was Ina and Franzisca whom I’d met at Fat Camel.

Most faces are from Fat Camel as you can see and the reason I went there was because Ellen (the dutch girl from the swing dance night) said that I had to go there. I knew Ellen went down to Dunedin after Christchurch and I was thinking of meeting her there after Steward Island. On the bus towards Dunedin we filled in a booking form for the night, everyone filled in whatever the prewritten formed said except Maria end Courtney, “We’re gonna stay with our friend Ellen at YHA”. So I asked “Ellen, the dutch girl?”, “Yes!”. So the reason Ellen said Fat Camel was so good is because she had so much fun with Maria and Courtney who are now on my bus on their way to meet up the same dutch girl as I. Small backpacker world isn’t it…

So I’m back in Queenstown after a short trip down to Steward Island and Dunedin. I was, and still am, sick so I couldn’t really enjoy it to the fullest. And it was raining most of the time. But the ferry over was brilliant. It was very windy and waves were a few meters high. So why pay almost $100 for a shotover jet that last a few minutes when you can get this for $55 and it lasts an hour. This is by far the roughest sea I’ve ever seen. Walking around was almost impossible. One second you were smashed to the floor and the next flying in the air. Not everyone on the ferry enjoyed thought. I wish we had better weather on Stewie and that
I was feeling better cos it looked like a beautiful place.

On our way do Dunedin we stopped at a beach to look for sea lions. Yeah right I was thinking. Every time we stop for dolphins or penguins we never see them. But I took my camera and went down towards the beach. Everyone was heading to the lighthouse but I took a small path down directly to the beach. As I came thru a curve all of the sudden a giant sea lion was laying four meters in front of me. Slowly took my camera up to take a photo, turned on but instead of the normal gray screen a plack one with red text came up “replace battery”. Fuck, ran back to the bus and got a new one then quickly to the beach again. The sea lion had moved but were still on the beach.

Once in Dunedin and before meeting up with Ellen we went to the Speight’s brewery for a nice little tour. I got a little pissed when they had a big viking with horns on his helmet. The guide actually defended the helmet and said that they existed. But he also talked about vikings in the 13th century…

After we went out for a beer and then me and Courtney went to YHA to say hey to Ellen.