A Travellerspoint blog

July 2008

Goodbye Oamaru.............and good riddance!!!

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Hi and hello!!!

Sorry I haven't updated in so long. I had very little internet access the past few days. But let me fill you in on what's been going on.

This last Saturday, there was a band that came to stay at the backpacker's that I was at. And they happened to be playing at The Penguin Club that night. I figured that would be a good thing to go and do since I hadn't really done anything in that town at all. There was another girl in the lounge talking to the band and we decided to go to the club together. She's a very lovely girl. She's from Dunedin and her name is Selina. I thought I was going with someone around my own age but was surprised to find out that she was actually 42. The years have been kind to her. She was good company for the evening.

When we got to the club we grabbed a seat and waited for the band to start. The band's name is "Bunnies On Ponies". Classic. They were really good!!! So good, in fact, that Selina and I danced to a few of the songs. We met a guy sitting behind us named John. He told us a bit about the band. The lead singer is part of another band called "The Phoenix Foundation" which apparently is pretty famous in New Zealand. They have a music video on TV and everything. He also told us that the lead singer wrote the music for the film "Eagle Vs. Shark" which I absolutely loved and it stars Jemaine Clement from The Flight of the Conchords. The music in that film is awesome. Check it out if you haven't already!!! So, hearing that, I just HAD to buy their cd and have the guys sign it. They were really cool. They are actually from Wellington so when I head back up there I'll have to go to some more of their shows.

The Penguin Club itself was really cool. It's one of those small bars that barely fits anyone and it's really famous in New Zealand for bands to come and play at. It's seriously hidden behind all these old buildings. It was kinda hard to find. But the good thing was that it was really close to the backpacker's.

After that we headed over to a place called "Fat Sally's" for a drink. Here's the cool thing. The owner is a fat chick named Sally. How cool is it that she is so confident in her own body that she would own a bar and name it after how she looks??? That woman ROCKS!!! It's a pretty nice place and they have really good food.

After THAT, we headed over to Oamaru's "nightclub". I walked in and just laughed. It reminded me of the really crappy bars in San Diego that have dance floors. It was classic. It was called "The Globe". It's also above a bank. Awesome.

After that, we called it a night. The next day I met up with John again and we had some pizza at Filadelfio's cuz it's so awesome. Then we went to his house and watched some Family Guy cuz he is also a big fan. We quote it all the time.

So, that's basically it. Then today I got on the bus around 3 and arrived in Christchurch around 7. I was so glad to leave that place behind. I strongly dislike it.

Now I am at the backpacker's that I will be working at. It's really nice. I start work on Sunday. HOORAY!!! Money for Sara. I'll be here for the next month which will give me time to find a job in Wellington. Cuz I think that is where I'll be heading next.

That's all for now, talk to you all soon!!!

Sara

Posted by Squarabara 01:49 Archived in New Zealand Tagged living_abroad Comments (0)

Almost outta here.......

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Hello, my friends!!!

Well, the last 2 days I relaxed and did nothing. Oh, wait. I've been doing that since I got here. *Peter Griffin laugh*

Last night, I went to my local grocers. I needed some toothpaste. I was shocked to see the prices for floss. Nearly 5 bucks. FOR FLOSS!!! Come on, people. All I want to do is get the crap out from in between my teeth. Is that too much to ask??? Apparently, it is. And then I go to the milk section and I see that a gallon of organic whole milk is $3.50. Go figure.

So, I've been doing a lot of job searching. I can't decide if I want to head up to Christchurch again or just go to Wellington. I've seen online that they have way more work available in the area that I want as opposed to Christchurch. But I just don't know. So many choices!!! I'm thinking the best thing to do would be to go to Wellington, stay there until gets warmer and then head further north to check out all the cool tropical beaches that are supposed to be superb. I really want to go to the Bay of Islands and Coromandel. And Lake Taupo. Those places are supposed to be way awesome according to locals and other backpackers I've talked to. Maybe I'll do that.

I still need to get a bank account set up and some kind of cell phone. I'm gonna take care of that stuff on Monday as that is my last day in this GOD FORSAKEN TOWN. Honestly, if I knew that all of New Zealand was like this town, I'd go see all the Lord of the Rings stuff and then head home. Cuz that would be all that is worth seeing. Now I wanna go do that horse trek thing again. That was fun.

Today it rained. It's freezing outside. Maybe it's a good thing to head north. In Wellington it's 10 degrees warmer. And there's also TONS of cafes. How those 2 are related, I don't know. But I thought it should be mentioned.

In other news, I'm more than positive that I saw the rugby guy again. And I think he recognized me, too. Cuz I was foolishly wearing the same outfit that he saw me in last time that I walked past him and it's not easy to forget my super awesome Boba Fett zip-up hoodie. Anyways, he's gorgeous.

Today I've been working on my resume to get a job. They are totally gung-ho on resumes and cover letters here. Annoying. Whatever happened to applying online or filling out an application??? Since I didn't need one in the states I had to start from scratch. I think it turned out pretty well. I have a few things I need to tweak here and there but all in all it's not bad for my first one.

You know what??? I love my laptop. It's so awesome. I could seriously type on this thing all day. It's the most amazing thing that the Lord Jesus ever created.

Okay, well, I hope all of you back home are doing okay. Most of you have probably already seen The Dark Knight and for that reason you suck because it doesn't come out here until next week. But I have heard that Heath Ledger is amazing. Now, is he amazing because he died before the film's release or is he amazing because he truly is??? Something to think about...........

Cheers!!!

Posted by Squarabara 20:57 Archived in New Zealand Tagged living_abroad Comments (1)

Chillaxin'...........

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Right now I am sitting inside what has become my favorite place to go and eat. "Filadelfio's". I'm the only one in here and I'm sitting on a couch right next to the fire and it's so relaxing!!! I could stay here all day. But I won't. But it really is super chill in here. By far one of the coolest places I've seen in Oamaru. The Slough of New Zealand. For those of you who have not seen the BBC version of The Office you would not get that reference. And shame on you for not having seen it, go out and get a copy NOW!!!

Anyways, on Sunday (which would be Saturday for all you losers) I went for a walk in the gardens that are right next to the hostel. They were nice. I met some friends:

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Aren't they cute?!?!?! I love ducks!!! Here's another view of the garden:

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It's not that great, to be honest. But the ducks make up for it:

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I love it. Then I walked up a bit further and I came to the beach. I was hoping to see some penguins but it wasn't in the cards that day. Here's what I got:

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And I cut out all the crap that was surrounding the area. It isn't as nice as it looks in those pics. I'm just really good with a camera. Hey Spielberg, if you ever get sick of your current cinematographer, I'm your girl.

So check it out. Afterwards I went to a cafe to get something to eat and this guy walks in and he is just drop dead beautiful. Then I realized that everyone was looking at him and then the cafe owner comes out and says "Sorry about the game the other day, Richie." Then a few minutes later he drags one of the workers out with him to this guy and says to him "She wants an autograph but she's really shy." It was funny. So I was like, okay this guy must play for a New Zealand team. And he did. But not only that, he is the captain of the New Zealand rugby team "The All Blacks". After being in New Zealand for 2 weeks now, it isn't hard to see that Kiwi's are absolutely crazy for this team. They have merchandise EVERYWHERE!!! But OMG, this guy is hot. Check it out:

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And Oamaru is his hometown so that would be why he was there. But wow. Yum.

Anyways, I haven't really been doing much here lately. Other than going to cafes and surfing the net. It actually kinda sucks cuz nobody really cool has checked into the hostel since I first got here. Darn backpackers. So boring.

Well, that's all for now. Nothing's been going on so there's nothing to talk about!!! Don't you wish you were me???

Posted by Squarabara 21:10 Archived in New Zealand Tagged living_abroad Comments (2)

Hostels and Backpackers....

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Hey everyone!!!

Well, I'm still stuck in this crap town and I'm the only traveller in the hostel because today a basketball group came to stay and they took up all the rest of the rooms. So I'm stuck in the hostel with a bunch of screaming kids ranging from 13 to 15. Great. The parents and coaches are very friendly, though. The kids are just really loud. But I can usually deal with that pretty well. I can just imagine the mess I'll have to clean up tomorrow.

Which brings me to my next topic. Traveling alone and staying in hostels is very hard on you, emotionally. Every time I start to get to know someone really well, they are more than likely leaving the next day. Like last night, for example, I went downstairs to the basement and played pool and cards with my friends Katrina, from Germany and Michael, from Australia. Here's some pics:

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It was good fun. But the next morning they were outta there. While I was cleaning the bathroom I saw them leave. Suckage. Katrina is actually heading up to Christchurch and she'll be there for two weeks so I'll get to see her one more time before she goes back home. But I wish I could've done the road trip with them up to Christchurch and I totally would have if I hadn't made a commitment to clean for Lisa. And I also probably wouldn't have felt too crappy if Oamaru was actually a fun place to be in. But it's not. It sucks. Oh, and another thing that sucks is I had to switch rooms today and the new room I'm in doesn't have a wifi connection. So now I have to pay for it. Again. Oh well, I wasn't expecting everything to be perfect when I got here so it's all good in the end. Just as long as I know that I'll be out of this crap town soon. The thing that makes it not crap is having nights like last night just doing whatever and talking. Getting to know new people and what their travel plans are and what kind of music they like. Michael, by the by, has awesome taste in music.

Oh, I forgot to post these pics from my last night in Queenstown of my dorm mates:

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That's Carly. She's from Australia. She's working as a chef in one of the resort restaurants in Queenstown. She's staying in hostels until she can find a flat to move into. She's super cool and way funny.

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That's Stu from England. He's the one who also likes Ricky Gervais which makes anyone number one in my book. You can't see him that well but Carly and I were trying to bug him while he was sleeping as you can see here:

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He wasn't really sleeping, we're not that mean. But he was tired and to be fair I was about to go to sleep until Carly came back into the room. So she was keeping me up, too.

Ah, for I do miss Queenstown. I know I've said that a billion times but I can't help it!!! I missed it even more today when I asked the hostel manager if there was a Starbucks nearby. Nope. Well what about an internet cafe??? Nope. Wonderful. But I found a cafe that has wifi connection but you have to pay for it. No worries. I did the good deal and got the whole week for 20 bucks. Which is probably less than what I spent on it in Queenstown itself so that's one good thing so far.

Right now I'm drinking a mochaccino. It's actually quite good. One thing they do here in New Zealand is they serve little marshmallows on the side of your coffee. Every place does it. I don't know why. It's not like it's hot chocolate. But whatever. It's cute.

Okay, I guess that is all for now. Talk to you guys laters!!!

Posted by Squarabara 19:49 Archived in New Zealand Tagged living_abroad Comments (0)

Oamaru.............riiiiiiiiiiight.

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So yesterday I arrived in the west coast town of Oamaru.

And there ain't much to say about it.

And I should've known because I told 3 different people where I was headed and the first one said "Oh yeah, that place is small." The second one said "That's an interesting choice." And the third one said "Really???" like in that are you joking or serious kind of way. Great.

The thing I loved about Queenstown, is that you didn't have to leave the place you were staying to feel the energy of that city. I was sitting in the lounge of the backpacker's place and I looked out the window and saw people parasailing right in front of me. But you didn't even need to look out the window to know that there were all kinds of things going on out there. You could totally feel the vibe. And you didn't need to leave the building to feel it cuz the energy would come into that hostel every day. Although Oamaru is beautiful and it's right by the ocean and there's amazing scenery, this place does NOT have that energy/vibe. And that makes all the difference in the world. Especially when you're traveling on your own.

Thankfully, however, it's still been easy making conversation with new people. Last night I met 3 English people traveling together (2 girls 1 guy) and they were on a round the world trip. It seems like a lot of English people do that. But anyway, they were way sweet and easy to talk to. There was another guy there from Birmingham, England who sounded like a mix of Ozzy Osbourne and Ringo Starr from the Yellow Submarine cartoon. Not the same accent, but he had the same tone to his voice but with the accent of Ozzy Osbourne. It was insane. He was funny though. There was another nice English kid who was very sweet (who's name I also forgot) and a kid named Michael who's from Australia. He is also very nice. I haven't met one mean person in a backpacker's place yet. *Knocks on wood* This hostel has a basement with a pool table and we stayed in there all night drinking a local beer that was quite good (New Zealand has excellent beers) and just talking about our travels and anything else. They were very chill people.

Speaking of the hostel, this building is incredibly old. It was established in 1867, I believe and used to be the home of someone important. I can't remember the exact story but you can totally tell how old the building is cuz you can hear it everywhere. The stairs are loud, the floor is loud, you can hear the other person's room from your room that's down the hall but it's not bad. It's not dirty but it looks like it's falling apart in that "Wow, this is a really cool old building ." kinda way. The bed's are really comfortable but the building is very cold as you can imagine an old building would be. I have my own room and also free internet. Which is great since I'll be on it a lot while I'm here.

I started my cleaning duties this morning which wasn't that bad at all. This German girl named Katrina is the current cleaner for this hostel and she showed me where everything was and helped me with the cleaning. Together it took us about an hour to get everything done and when she leaves it'll probably take me about an hour and a half to finish everything on my own. Not bad for not having to pay for my bed. Basically, I'm doing what I should've done while I was living with my parents. Haha.

The most I'll stay here is 2 weeks and then after that I think I'm gonna head to Christchurch. I like that city much better and I would enjoy working there more than here. I just wish Queenstown wasn't so gosh darn busy!!!

Tonight I watched "Almost Famous" with the Australian guy, the German girl and the guy from Birmingham that sounds like Ozzy Osbourne. That's one of those movies that when you watch it you forget how good it is and it's one of those feel good movies. And I felt like I could relate to it a lot now because they do a lot of traveling in that movie, moving from city to city, meeting new people. I looked at it in a whole different light. I love it. I brought the DVD with me and I think I might watch it again tonight when I go to bed.

Tomorrow, I think I might go out to the beach and take some photos. See if I can see some of the blue penguins. They look really cute. Talk to you guys later!!!

Posted by Squarabara 03:22 Archived in New Zealand Tagged living_abroad Comments (1)

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