07.06.2008 30 °F
Hello my friends and to anyone else who can understand the King's english!!!
I think it's about time to let you know the things that I like and dislike so far about New Zealand.
Pros: There are MANY different options. And apparently, hitchhiking is very popular here. In fact, it was highly recommended to me by many of the locals. More so than any other form of transportation. Wether or not I feel comfortable doing that, I don't know. Don't worry, mom. I won't be doing that any time soon.
Cons: If it's a taxi.......VERY expensive!!!
Pros: They have pretty much all of the same stuff that we have in the states. And the stuff that they eat regulary (which I've noticed seems to be either museli or toasted sandwiches) are actually quite good. But they do all the same kinds of things that we do like muffins, cereal, sandwiches, etc. And they have Starbucks, Subway, McDonalds, Burger King and the like.
Cons: VERY expensive, again. Although I am also in Queenstown which as I have said before, is the touristy resort town of New Zealand during winter. The sizes for drinks are much smaller than in the U.S. And you pay more for them. That sucks. My friend Donna told me about this woman she met that had traveled to many countries and she said New Zealand was her favorite. But she said the food was awful. I would not go so far as to say that the food is awful cuz it actually is quite good. I would say that there is not much variety whatsoever. And right now, until I get a job, I'm pretty much living off of peanut butter sandwiches. Oh and also, Dr. Pepper is no where to be found. I have found 2 places that have it here. One is at this candy shop in the town center. It cost me $3.50 in New Zealand dollars which is about $3.15 in American dollars. But I was so desperate to have one that I bought it anyway. Then I found it at the local super market which was much cheaper. $2.10 a can. So about $1.80 in American money. Crazy. Needless to say, I won't be buying that very often. Which I'm sure will make my mom very happy. And they also don't believe in ice for drinks here. You order a fountain soda at McDonald's and they don't put ice in it unless you ask. Mental.
Pros: I've never been around such pleasant people in my life. Ron said that maybe all New Zealander's had to take a "Taking care of special ed people" class in school or something. This one woman helped us with parking for the hotel we were staying at and she gave us way more information than we asked for but it was information that we would more than likely need later. Ron said "Thank you, you've been very helpful." And as we drove away he said "And so have the rest of your countrymen." I've never had such a smooth trip before. I was expecting many more difficulties getting into the country. Especially with me staying for a year. But no. Cake.
Cons: I really have none right now.
The guys who are staying in my dorm room are from England and they are really cool guys. They are acutally on a round the world trip and have been traveling for 9 months now. They've been to southeast asia and Australia and now New Zealand. The first night I was there we got to talking and they asked me if I had an editing program on my laptop. I said yes, of course, since I have a mac and all. They asked if they could edit a short video on it because one of their best friends back home is getting married and they are unable to attend, obviously, because of their trip. So they were gonna film themselves with a speech they planned out and everything and edit it together on my laptop. So we planned on doing that the next day (last night). When we got around to it, I don't know what was going on or what but they couldn't bring up the video onto my laptop. I don't know if it had anything to do with different regions or what have you but last I checked, macs are universal and it shouldn't have been a problem. They tried for about an hour and couldn't get anything to work so we went to the local internet cafe and they gave it a go on there. They were able to get it put together a bit on the computer there but I am curious to know why it wouldn't work on mine. I mean, after all, most major motion pictures are edited on macs nowadays. Oh well.
When we got back to the lodge they treated me to a glass of champagne for helping them out which was nice. Then we hung out in the lodge for a bit and worked on a crossword puzzle. I was pleasantly surprised to find out that one of them was a huge Ricky Gervais fan which is always nice to find out. We started talking about the podcasts and he told me how he used to go to bed listening to them at night which I have done myself quite a few times. We were quoting our favorite bits and talking about other British things we like. It was good fun. After that I got a bit tired and decided to hit the sack. I went to bed listening to the Ricky Gervais show on my ipod since I had been talking about it all night and was in the mood to listen to it. Funny.
Well, it looks like I am going to be heading over to the east coast in the next day or two. I can't find any work here and there are no positions to work for accommodation in the area and if I don't do something soon I'll be running out of money. So I'm heading over to a town called Oamaru which is famous for it's blue penguins. The town looks really nice, too, and apparently, there is some work available over there. Which is what I need right now. I've already got a place to stay. I responded to an ad to work at a backpacker's place for my bed. Just a couple hours a day. I can handle that.
That is all for now. Wether or not I stay here one more day I am not too sure but I'll let you all know either way. Love you guys and miss you!!!