Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Where ever I was in Punikaiki I could look up and see this view no matter what was happening or what I was doing. Some times during this little stay in Punikaiki frustrations and irritations world fill my mind. But I could always look up to this hills and just breathe in the awe of nature and the beauty of Gods creation. It was so easy to just mull in my thoughts of how this could be better or why this was happening and miss some of the most beautiful sights on this earth. Whenever I would look up or around me all my little problems would fade away. I wonder how often this happens sometimes in all of life, we get so caught up in the little things that we never look to the hills and remember where our help comes from.
Saturday, March 20, 2010
it seems like much much longer then 3 weeks have passed since we left. Books and volumes could be written
about the beautiful places we have seen so far.
It seems to me that our life before is a million miles away and very unfamilar. I am trying to remember that
I had a job back home, and friends (not that they are forgotten, just suddenly they all have facebook faces to
me), my family...it's crazy to think that they are so far away, doing normal everyday things.
I do have time now to back up and look at the big picture of my life and those around me. What I want to
do when I get back...What other possiblities are there out there in the future?
Living at the present in a lush rainforest by incredible beaches and dangerous, fascinating coastlines makes
God seem much bigger, and most definitely in total control of this world.
One thing I have learned from working at this hostel in Punakaiki is that you will find difficult people to work
with where ever you go. Getting sick so soon after arriving in NZ was annoying to say the least, but since I am now feeling much better, I am seeing what a difference feeling sick it makes to the quality of work.
The nearest 'shop' is 3 km away and is not even a shop, it's a overpriced cafe with a 'wee' shop inside.
Our coworkers and flat mates are 4 others at the moment, all in their 20's. Natasha and her boyfriend Moritz, both German. She is 24 and he is 21. Venus, 24 or 26, who is Malaysian. And Primosh, 24, who is Slovenian and working on his thesis for school. Very awesome people, and they love the card game Mao, which we have played almost every evening since we arrived.
This place reminds us of Riven and Myst. Even the bird calls (Weka birds) sound similar to the game.
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Sunday, March 14, 2010
Friday, March 12, 2010
We went on a hike up Mt. Oxford, it was 4 hours up and 2 hours down. I had blisters and very sore legs the next day, but we found lots of fresh wild blackberries up there in the foot hills.
We watered native NZ plants that Jeff and Rose have planted up by their dam, also we have helped fishing (Joe) and walking the dogs (Jak), and today we will be helping to capture some wild chooks (chickens) that have been laying eggs in the utility shed and then the eggs rot and smell horrid when the rats get to them. :o
We will be leaving on Monday for the West Coast, a place called Punakaiki (said: Poo Na Kyi Ke)
Friday, March 5, 2010
soy fish, and non-cut sushi.
they have sushi everywhere here as well as fish and chips. another car I've never seen before.
No shoping carts in NZ only Trundlers.
Also no parking lots only carparks.
once again what kind of car is this??
Thursday, March 4, 2010
We were very exhausted and after walking around some more looking for wifi or coffee or anything that didn't cost more then 3 dollars. Eventually we decided to go to the airport and check in for our flight, but unfortunately we couldn't check in until 1 1/2 hours before our flight left which was at 7:05. So we went and sat on seats in the office section and ate random sushi that costed far too much.
It was a 3 hour flight to NZ, but we also gained 2 hours on the way over, so it was 12:05 am before we arrived in Christchurch.
Another post will follow shortly about our adventures so far in NZ.
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Anyways, it helps that we were there at 2 am. Just newly broke drunks and street cleaners were around. A couple walked by us and asked us if we smoked weed.
Also a man stood up and threw his beer bottle in front of another couple who were walking by. The woman jumped away from the shattered glass and screamed something in Spanish, but the man asked the drunk what was wrong, and what the deal was. The drunk kicked the bottle and stamped on it. It was safe to conclude that he was out of money. When we returned to the station with 5 minutes to spare on our bus leaving, Joe had gotten rid of his ticket stub. Jak got on the bus, thinking it would be easily taken care of. Unfortunately the bus driver and the security decided that Joe was trying to steal a free ride and detained him for several minutes while they tried to figure it out. Jak got back out and came to watch the drama. Finally after doubting the truth several more times, the security guard checked Joe's checked baggage which had the final destination written on the tag. Two somewhat flustered and relieved siblings got onto the bus again. Sleeping was much better for both on the second night.
It's two hours earlier here now then in MN, which makes it 3 hours + one day difference to NZ. Yay! We are now at LAX airport, waiting for our flight to leave for Australia this evening. 10:10 this evening.
We met an absolutely adorable woman from Australia, who is flying back to Melbourne tonight 2 hours after we leave for Sydney. She decided we must be writing a book because we spend so much time on the computer here at the airport. :o But we explained that we are getting our money's worth for our day pass of wifi that we bought after getting through security. We ordered some random dinner food from Burger King, and are trying to remember to drink plenty of water to jet lag a little later. Until we again find wifi... we will be busy trying to entertain ourselves in warm and beautiful cali. :)
This is our trip so far we finally made it to LA early this morning.
We got into Los Vegas around 2ish in the morning.
There where a lot of shiny building but not much else....
Krispy Kreme! sadly closed
Cuz when Emers is there the buildings light up??
lots of shiny!
sushi and rice balls on the 3rd street promenade!
we payed a total of 2.25 each to bus all over LA.
rice balls and emers in Santa Monica
I wished we had packed lighter....lol
on the santa monica beach.
working on my camera skills