07.01.2009 - 07.01.2009 32 °C
7th January 2009
A free day to chillax, plus a lie in - what a treat! What is going on though - outside it looks sunny! Double prizes! I figure I should ring Kiwi Experience and sort out my departure for tomorrow, except I'm on standby so probably better to leave on Friday 9th instead which is quieter. Ok! Another day in Christchurch by the looks of it! I'm disappointed as it means my extra day in Kaikoura is no longer but that was so I could go dolphin swimming and their website says they're full on Friday anyway...
I spend some time chatting to Mom and Kath on the internet - we're all struggling to adjust with the extreme time difference and the blackout it gives us in communicating - arrgghh! Yet, despite being about as far away as I'll get from home, New Zealand offers a great deal of comfort in its familiar green surroundings.
Having procrastinated enough for today, I decide upon a walk around the "cultural precinct" which is conveniently on my doorstep. I feel like I'm walking around Oxford University!! I come across the Dux de Lux pub which seems to have won awards so I figure a stop for lunch and drink would be rude not to - its so hot! I have the award winning nachos - I can see why, they're delish!
Shopping anyone? Oh, alright then, if I must! I'm trying to find some presents to take with me to Jo and James but realise quickly that my quest is futile - as is the one to purchase a fleece in case it gets cold (despite the fact that it is about 32 degrees). I give up and put my efforts to good use by updating my blog - although I still seem to be days behind!
Back at the hostel, the lack of air conditioning makes being in the room pretty unbearable but I persevere and read some more of my book. I find that I'm definitely better on days where I am kept busy with activities rather than having to motivate myself! Its tough work you know!!
I suddenly feel so far away from home and can't talk to anyone because of the time but I'm in touch with Jo and I'm very excited about seeing her on Saturday. Bring on the good times!