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To the southern hemisphere

and back

Follow me during my nearly five months in New Zealand

Towards the end

New Zealand, Nov Posted on Thu, November 15, 2007 03:58PM

In a few days I have to catch a flight up to Auckland and meet my family. While waiting I’m currently in Lake Hawea staying with Steve and Ross whom I met in Christchurch. Marc and Verena lives here too and another couchsurfer named Matt. Tomorrow two new couch surfers will come so it’s gonna be a lot of people here.

Before I left for Lake Hawea and Wanaka I finally did the Routeburn track with Ina and Franzisca, or at least half of it. It was still closed after the saddle but we could get up to lake Harris. The track was very easy but beautiful. Weather was on our side.

Back at the Bumbles hostel I met up with a couple of old Stray travelers, Graham, Scott and Muffin. And at the Patagonia I randomly bumped into Tony and Emma that I’d met up in Auckland, from Fat Camel of course. Me and Tony hooked up the day after to try out the Vertigo downhill track in Queenstown. The bike they gave me wasn’t really equipped for downhill riding and after half the the track I found out that neither was I. Never crashed though even if it was close. See, they don’t settle with driving on the wrong side, the brakes on the bikes is switched to the opposite too.

Off to Wanaka to meet up with Steve and Ross. On my way up to the road to start hitchiking and glanced into Base hostel and saw Emily (from Fat Camel). Chatted for a bit and I’ll see if I can see her once I get back to Queenstown again. Continued walking for a bit and recognize a face. Zack, who stayed in the same room as me and Emily at Fat Camel (and both of them together with me helped out Ina and Franzisca to get a free place to sleep). I’m not even surprised any more. Other people I’ve bumped into is Guy who I did Rangitoto with and Chris who stayed in the same room with me (Fat Camel). Chris was on the same bus as Graham, Scott and Muffin.



Darkness

New Zealand, Nov Posted on Mon, November 05, 2007 07:56PM

Artist: Johnny Cash
Album: American III: Solitary man [2000]
Track: I see a darkness
Why: Lyrics fits well into me under this trip, all of my trip. Impossible to go to a bar without see the darkness.

Not much to say, in Queenstown doing nothing. Spent all day in my hostel room today listening to music and doing to much thinking. Routeburn track is still closed but I might do the half that is not closed tomorrow.



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