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Published: November 5th 2011
This morning was quite a surprise. Woke up and as I stepped foot off my bed the ground was super warm. All I can say is warm floor in the morning is Awesome. After my shower, as i exited the bathroom my roomates exclaimed, "Did you see the SNOW outside!!" I looked out the window and sure enough everything was white! So much for a summer vacation and packing for the right weather. After breakfast which was pretty much toast for me, we all piled up in the bus and it ws determined that the trip song would be "I Got a Good Feeling, by Flo Rida" as we blasted the song first thing in the morning. Our first stop on the bus was this random old town where there were old trains around. And on or inside teh trains were skeletons and skull heads made from rocks. Can't say I knew what that was all about but it was nonetheless creepy.
The second stop made was some dam that supplies electricity to several neighboring cities. I can't say I am good at remembering all these details since I am blogging about them a day or two after teh fact
and whilst on teh bus. Hence you may see more spelling mistakes since I can't look at teh screen while blogging or I feel sick. All my typing is being done "blind."
Our stop tonight was Dunedin. Dunedin is some college town in New Zealand that has the steepest street in the world. So naturally we climbed/ran up the steepest street in the world which was pretty neat. The rest of the evening consisted of a few factory tours. We toured the cadbury chocolate factory which was anticlimatic. The tour was pretty short and consisted of watching videos of how they made the chocolate than actually going to see the how they do it. THe only cool thing was that they had this large chocolate waterfall in a giant silo that we got to see. But other than that I would say the tour was rubbish.
The second tour was a brewery tour of the Speights brewery. Which iso ne of the staple beers of New Zealand. THe tour was pretty great. Our tour guide was the most energetic old fella. He definitely made the tour very enjoyable. He mentinoed that Trees in the southern hemisphere grow faster than those in the northern hemisphere. Something I am still trying to wrap my head around why? I'm thinking maybe different gravitational pulls?
After the tour we were taken into this small room where they had 6 beer taps and given glasses and told to go to town. Basically we had our own bar with unlimited free beer for a good 30 minutes. I'm not sure how many beers I poured back in that time but I gaurantee you that I tried each one and then had at least a couple more of my two favorites out of the five. After the brewery tour we all grabbed some dinner and of course more beer. I had the lamb shank, which was a bit overcooked but can't complain. I suppose after my eating escapades in Washington DC I can't compare.
After dinner we headed out to a local bar called Craic. And from there the night continued on with a lot of beers, several shots, and pretty amazing live guitarists. As far as blogging on what happened at the bar, that beats me. Everytime we thought we'd end the night a few more people came in and we would continue. The bar was pretty empty until 1am at which the bar just got crowded like no other and hence the amount of liquor doubled. I believe we made it back to our living accomodations around 4am. And of course breakfast the next day was at 7am with the bus leaving at 8am.
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