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Christchurch, NZ

Day 2

overcast 7 °C

It has been a fun filled, yet relaxing first 36 hours of my journey! The hostel I am staying at is a big home with a great family atmosphere. It is two stories with 2 kitchens, 2 showers, and 4 toilets. There are kids from Germany, France, Chile, Spain, England, and me, total of about 12. Last night after I awoke from a short nap I came out to everyone hanging on the back porch drinking wine/beers. As I sat I was so enthralled by the conversations, a blend of three or four languages, luckily they all somewhat speak English and I can somewhat understand but enjoy listening none the less. A few of the French boys and German girls cooked a variety of foods for us all to enjoy. It was so fun sitting around chatting over different foods about travels and life. Then after a group of us cleaned up the kitcen with an amazing sense of teamwork, for not knowing each other and coming from different cultures. Dishes are dishes, lol. One of the english girls, a little spitfire, was on her last night so we all walked downtown and hit up a couple different bars and clubs. The first was my favorite. It was a small brick building nestled in a little alley with couches, chairs, and a huge fireplace on the wall out front where everyone congregated. The next was a brewery (got nothing on EA!) .... ooh that remainds me I tried an NZ IPA and I have no idea where the hops are but they were not in the beer ;) The crazy thing about this city is that some bars/clubs close at 2am while others stay open till 5am. It was quite a shift of drunkeness, luckily a portion of us headed back at 2:30am and were able to eat and crash . The other half sure were hurting today, lol!

Today, I walked the Botanical Gardens, absolutely breathtaking. Over 500 acres of park with 10,000 indigenous plants. I have some pics! I also checked out Cathedral Square, again, and watched some old men play chess with 3ft tall game pieces. I am at the library now and plan on going to the farmers market for some produce, I haven't been shopping yet and greatly dislike paying $10 a meal when I can munch for a fraction of that. I am staying one more night at the basecamp then planning on staying with some locals a few nights and hopefully finding a group to tour southernly with.

Till next time


Posted by krystalynn 20:58 Archived in New Zealand Tagged lodging

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