I am having an amazing time!
After the 30 hour journey to get here, which was actually really relaxing, the food was brilliant, there were so many movies I was annoyed I couldn't watch them all and unlimited booze. So the last leg from Sydney to Queenstown, I got ratted on Champagne with the guy sat next to me. Immigration were not impressed! But stepping off the plane and seeing the epic landscape was breath-taking. It is exactly like it is in the Lord of the Rings movies, stunning, steep green mountains topped off with snow on all sides. I'm in love with this country already.
Once I got to the hostel, I slept for 16hours and have got straight into the time difference. The hostel I'm staying in is fantastic, they give you free breakfast & dinner, theres a sauna, pool table, football table everything! Think I'm just gonna live in the hostel for 5 months, its so easy, no cleaning or cooking, its right in town and there is no way I could afford to stay in a house with all these luxuries! (And the constant flow of single lads doesn't hurt!) The people here are so friendly because everyone is doing the same thing. My room-mates are really cool, I've been initiated into a group of lads, one of them I'm sharing the dorm with so got some good mates already, and I'm blaming them for the headache and dehydration I'm experiencing today. Think I'm going to follow in my mother's footsteps and get me some stomach ulcers from excessive drinking because alcohol is stupidly cheap! Double spirits and mixer for <span>£2, and then it's buy one get one free. The next 5 months are going to be messy.
<span>But it hasn't all been fun and games so far, I've been busy, setup a bank account, a tax number, handing out CV's etc. But I've got a trial later on today at a ski/board hire shop so fingers crossed I'll have a job by the end of the day.
<span>There are so many activites to do here , my list includes: bungy jumping, jet boating (at the end of the season when the water isn't freezing), zipwire through the forest, see the Milford sound, hang gliding, LOTR's tour, horseback tours round Lake Wakatipu, there's so much going on.
<span>I think the best thing so far is the constant elation from knowing that I have pure freedom, which I haven't had before. Yes, I'm getting a job but I don't really need to work, I have enough money to enjoy myself without working but it's a nice feeling that I'm not reliant on it to live. I'm so happy and relaxed and am loving everything about this experience so far.
<span>I've got some great pictures of the scenary which I will upload on my post.
<span>Missing everyone back home xxx
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