Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Internet, Kaikoura and drunk Canadians

Things worth blogging have happened lately, but since I've been without internet for a while, I couldn't get them on the web. My being offline is a chapter in itself. Right now I'm at the library in Blenheim, where they have free internet and it's just a ten minute walk from the hostel.

Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Leaving Christchurch

Today I'm leaving Christchurch, going to Kaikoura for two days and then to Blenheim for work. It's a shame to leave new friends I've made, but I'll deffo see Mira and Taylor again. Taylor is half Swedish and half Maori and he's a really funny guy. Already making plans for my birthday in August, before I even started thinking about it :)

Either way, after almost two weeks in Christchurch, Kaikoura should be a nice change and a cool place to spend a few days. There's some walking along the cliffs and a lot of activities with local fauna (namely whale watching and swimming with dolphins or checking out the seal colony). It's quite costy, $145 for whale watching, which apparently isn't worth the money, so I'll give it a miss, and $165 for swimming with the dolphins, which should be awesome, so I'll most likely go for it, even if it means freezing my butt in the cold water. After Kaikoura, the holiday ends and hard life starts - I've got a pruning job in a big vineyard, which means I'll have to go to leave at 6:30 in the morning and come back at 6 in the afternoon, work for 10 hours a day, 6 days a week, in the cold and rain. I hope to last long enough to make some decent money and wait for the winter to end. Oh yeah, this won't be the comfy office-rat life, like getting up at 8:59 to start work at 9:00 from home, or sitting in a nice chair in a nice office and just stroke the keyboard, sip coffee and eat snacks (but no overcrowded tube and hateful walks on Oxford Street). This'll be hard work, like in the old times! Hope I'm not too old for it.

Anyway, enough blabbering, here are some pictures from the last trip to the mountains. Probably not so exciting (at least not as much as being there), but better than nothing, innit?

A big hello to everyone in the Northern hemisphere, Czech Republic and London alike!

Mt Hutt photos

Thursday, 19 May 2011

First week in New Zealand

Click for more pictures of my first big trip in NZ!
I've been in Christchurch for a week and I'm beginning to get familiar with the place. I've met several interesting people, including a very funny Maori guy, got around the city quite a bit (despite the off-limits downtown, which is still closed three months after February's earthquake and several tall buildings are waiting to be demolished), I tasted local beer (surprisingly decent) and made a few incursions into the countryside, which is, plain and simply said, stunning. Those wide plains where Aragorn & Co. used to run around in the Lord of The Rings movie really look like that. I've seen breathtaking mountain ranges, stunning sunsets, thousands of sheep, some seals and even a dead pinguin. But enough of that now, just look at the pictures, I've taken over two hundred of 'em. There are photos from the Banks Peninsula near Akaroa, photos taken along the way from Christchurch to Arthur's pass high up in the mountains, and lastly, Christchurch city itself.

Wednesday, 18 May 2011

Just arrived to New Zealand!

I just got to New Zealand and after a tiresome 30h flight, my yearly holiday starts! Whohoo!

First impressions? Well, I've only seen the airport and a small bit of Christchurch, but I already like it. Nice friendly people, cool English accent, good weather, nice tiny houses. My biggest worry at the moment is the jetlag. It's 6pm and my brain's already in standby mode, but I can't doze off now, otherwise I'll wake up at 2am, fresh for the night, and will be utterly useless by 4pm. Not a nice experience to fall asleep on the street, in the middle of a walk...