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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Wellington December 29th 2007

December 30th It most definitely did not feel like Christmas here in Wellington. All of my life I have been used to the small town, snowy, cold Christmas. Here, it was almost the opposite. Aside from the small Christmas tree in the downstairs foyer, there were no decorations, no Christmas carols, and no presence of family and friends. Well, maybe there were friends, but not the familiar faces that I would normally see at the Christmas party back in Maine. Walking through a busy city on a warm and sunny Christmas day is not a typical Christmas for me. However, no day here is really "that" bad. Of course, I had to work the bar on Christmas Eve and Christmas day, but it wasn't too bad. We just sat back and drank a little and had ... read more
Me and Boz
Me Squirting Boz

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Wellington November 10th 2007

November 10th Work has been going well. Paul and Liz are leaving, so I am going to be taking over Paul’s cooking shifts. That should be fun. I miss cooking. The bar has been going good. I love working the bar. It's so fun. Working is so fun when you work with all of your friends. Today is my day off so I am learning some new music, and just hanging around. November 25th I worked a split shift today cooking in the cafe. I hadn't been trained but the menu is simple enough to just know the meals well enough to go in and just do it. Anyway, it was fun none the less. I hadn't cooked in a while so kind of enjoyed it, even though it was tiring and took a lot out ... read more
Parliament Building

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Wellington September 29th 2007

Arrival - September 29th It is a sigh of relief to be back here in Wellington. Traveling around for a while, and working at the Military Base was fun, but it is definitely good to be back here with my friends. I got back a few hours ago. Met up with Richard and Yash, saw some other friends, and made some dinner. I missed cooking so much. When I was traveling around I didn't cook that much. Before, when I was in Wellington, I was cooking all the time, so it was fun to get in the kitchen again. I made us Seared Chicken Thighs with a Mushroom Cream Sauce, Mashed Pumpkin, and Asparagus with Grilled onions. Weird Wild Stuff... I had to say bye to the friends I made at the Military Base today. I ... read more
Paul Jenny
View From Hostel

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island September 17th 2007

A - T - G - September 17th I am currently living on the Army Training Grounds in Wairouru, which is a bit north of Wellington. I have only been here for 4 days, and I am very unsure of what I think of it so far. Some aspects are good, and others I don't much care for. I was hired as a steward to help work in the main mess hall. The hall seats about 800 soldiers. I have yet to actually see that many dining at once, but from what I hear, it does happen. My job consists of cleaning tables, doing dishes, and basically just keeping the mess hall tidy and ready for service. I am living in the barracks. The particular building I am living in houses most of the employees ... read more
Mount Ruapehu
Army Tank
Mount Ruapehu

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Christchurch September 6th 2007

September 7th We took a bus to Christchurch from Wanaka. The ride passed by Lake Tekapo and Mt.Cook, so we had some great scenery along the way. It was the amazing. I really wish that we could have taken that trip with a car so we could stop and get some pictures, because they probably would have been the best scenic pictures taken. There were places where the lake water was a bright blue, with surrounding ice capped mountains. It would have been great photo opportunities. The bus ride was about 7 hours from Wanaka, and we got into a hostel as soon as we got here. We spent one night here about three or four weeks before, when we were traveling from Wellington to Dunedin. The city seems much different than what I remember. ... read more
Cheries Tattoo
Bridge or Rememberance

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Wanaka August 30th 2007

Dunedin to Wanaka - August 30th I had been looking around on the internet for work in the South Island. I found this Job Agency in Wanaka and e-mailed them. They mailed me back and said that finding work in Wanaka was a little easier this time of year. So we took care of some last minute stuff (sold the TV) rented a car and drove to Wanaka. The minimum rental time is 24 hours and it's relatively close to Dunedin, so it gave us some time in between driving to see some things we wanted to see on the way. After only a couple hours of driving, we stopped at Nugget Point. It's an area on the coast where there is a nesting area for Yellow Eyed Penguins. Unfortunately, we didn't get to see ... read more
Sweet Picture
Sweet Picture
Nugget Point

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Dunedin August 24th 2007

August 24th Today was a day to remember. We woke up and it was extremely nice out, so we decided to use the opportunity of good weather to have a little tourism day. Considering the fact that we hadn't wandered far from the hostel since being in Dunedin, it was great to get out into the fresh air and experience the different aspects of the city that had since been unseen by us. Our afternoon started with a relaxing walk along St. Clair’s Beach, where there were many photo opportunities. Getting there was an easy 5-6 minute bus ride which brought us directly to our destination along the beach walkway. We spent just under an hour walking around, looking at the ocean, and appreciating the excellent weather that we've been missing. When we made our ... read more
St. Clairs
Monkey Bar
Dunedin Train Station

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Dunedin August 9th 2007

August 9th Well, we made it. The trip down was fun. The scenery was nice and we took lots of pictures. Of course, ball-of-dirt is being silly right now so I'm not sure how long it will be before we can post them. Anyway, we checked into a hostel around the corner, and have pretty much just been walking around getting a feel for the city since we've been here. But I still Miss Wellington. I miss my friends, I miss the hostel, and I even miss my job believe it or not. I think it's just because of how new and different Dunedin is. However, I don’t remember feeling this way when I first arrived in Wellington. Or even Auckland for that matter. It's weird, because I haven't even missed home as much as I ... read more
Richard and I
Municipal Chambers

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island August 8th 2007

August 8th Well, I'm in Christchurch at the moment. Today I got up and rented a car, and we took the Ferry from Wellington to Picton. Then we drove about 5 hours down the east coast and ended up in Christchurch. Now I am just sitting in an internet cafe relaxing. It's about eleven o'clock. We just had dinner in a Korean/Japanese restaurant. It was pretty good. Also, we walked around for a while and scoped out some possible things to see tomorrow. There was a box that we walked by earlier that said something like "chess can be played from 9am to 6pm" or something like that. It looks like you can play chess on the cement, so that looks cool. I am about to go to bed now. We are staying in a hostel ... read more
Me Driving
Me in Christchurch

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Wellington August 2nd 2007

August 1st So, the decision has been made. Richard and I are going to head south. Next week we're going to rent a car and head down to the bottom of the South Island. Will be cold but I am extremely anxious. We're going to go on a job hunt when we get there. Living there will most likely be pretty fun. It's a decent size city for New Zealand with a population of over 100,000. So finding work shouldn't be too hard. The drive is going to be the most fun though. We're planning on taking the west coast route. Will be much more scenic, and will take a couple extra days, but nonetheless, should be fun. When I get to Dunedin I'll probably try to get into another Subway. There are 3 subways ... read more
Close up
Lofa Rose Donna Fraser and I
Fraser and Jo

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