Friday, April 25, 2008

Kiwi Withdrawl

I miss New Zealand so much...My life is far more interesting in the Southern hemisphere. Everything here feels empty, gray, monotonous, boring, blah...

Culture shock, I guess.

I don't want to be a grown up anymore. I want to sell my house, pack up a few hoodies and my dog, and run off to anywhere.

The wind is blowing and my gate is banging open and shut. I should go close it.

I LOVE New Zealand!


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Originally uploaded by {Amy_Jane}
Check out my Flickr page -

I got most of my pictures up tonight!

http://www.flickr.com/photos/amy_jane/sets/72157604716436472/

I'm having kiwi-withdrawal....

:(

I was really happy in this picture - a little tipsy, yes, but genuinely, 100% happy!

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Aching in Auckland

I head home tomorrow evening....very, very, very sad. I need at least a few more months here.

We made our way to Auckland via Mount Doom (seriously) today. Found our way to the Fat Camel Hostel, wandered around the piers with the massive sailboats and yachts, and are thinking about wine...

It's been an amazing trip. I'm glad I shared it with people I love - there's no possible way to explain how blue the water is, how fresh the air is, how delicious the Fergburgers are....

It's sivin-twinty PM here. :)

Love to all my mates!

Sunday, April 20, 2008

More from NZ

G'day, mates!

I am currently in Wellington, the capital of New Zealand. Stu had to get back to reality so Bill and I hopped a ferry and made our way to the North Island today. After walking a very long ways, we found a hostel with NO available beds which sucked...but luckily we quickly found a pretty rad one with beds AND zebra stripes! (and free internet - woo!)

We're hiring a car and heading up to Auckland tomorrow. We're thinking of heading up via Lake Taupo, but no real plan yet.

I can't believe I have to come home...

Time flies when you're upside down, I guess...

:(

Stu taught me to swear like a Scottsman. I found pua shells. I chased seals till they showed their teeth and scared me away. People here don't yield, they "give way." There's a total lack of wildlife in NZ - lots of sheep, though. You can buy alpaca poo and pine cones on the side of the road. We had the. Best. Burgers. Ever. in Queenstown. I've seen at least 2 hobbits and Stu caught a glimpse of some elves one morning. I got an awesome hoodie. We haven't met anybody who has seen a kiwi bird - not even the kiwis have seen kiwis. The kiwis say ten "tin" and seven "sivin." Bill and I are doing our best to perfect our accents. Mine is definitely going to be a Scottish infused kiwi and I probably just sound ridiculous, but people seem to think it is cute and I have fun trying!

I miss you all and can't wait to show you pictures and tell you stories!

Hugs and kisses!

Sweet as!

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Back in Lake Tekapo

Went to Wanaka and Queenstown, on our way back up north to Kaikoura. Good times.

We found Bill - he was off having a lovely time with Lucy, a tea, and a biscuit.

Love these boys!

Stu has to go back to work tomorrow so Bill and I are on our own. No worries. With me as his faithful sidekick, we'll surely have no shortage of adventures.

So much to tell...

The water is IMPOSSIBLY blue.

Fergburgers = amazing.
- Jim, seriously...I don't think I will be able to adequately tell you how a-ma-zing they are!

Wanaka = perfect.

Sweet as!

Monday, April 14, 2008

New Zealand, Part I (in 10 minutes or less)

I'm in New Zealand!

Scottish Stu has given up on keeping track of the # of times I say that. Also, "I love New Zealand!"

I made it here with zero problems. Everything was easy-peasy (I'm talking like Stu and the kiwis without even trying!) I slept the whole flight, I barely had to walk 10 feet to change planes, I didn't get sick or have to sit next to anybody icky or stinky or creepy!

I love New Zealand!

Right now, it's 10:21 AM on Tuesday, April 15. We're at Lake Tekapo (Take-a-poo - seriously.) Stu and I slept in Bertha, his awesome van, and Bill slept in a backpacker's dorm thing and we can't find him at the moment.

Umm....

I love New Zealand!!!

I don't even know what to say about it...everything has been amazing. The air feels clear and clean. The sun is warm. The nights are chilly. I've seen the sun rise on the East coast and the sunset on the West coast. There are mountains and palm trees and possums and big rocks and clear water and rocky beaches. The people are nice. They hate George Bush. Me too.

Albert & Tom - I will be in SFO for 4 hours on the 23rd - i land at 4:45, I think.
Mom- sorry, this is the first chance I've had to be on the internet!
Gramma - give Bailey lots of kisses for me!
Work mates - I love you and miss you all!!!! Tell everybody "cheers!" from Amy!
Stacy - I've only regretted leaving the umbrella once - last night, when I had to pee in the rain. I really regretted not peeing earlier more than leaving the umbrella behind, though.
Other Amy - I need your address again. There is a total lack of good postcards here, but I think I'll be able to make do.

OK, I think my time is almost up.

Friday, April 4, 2008

The early bird ate all the worms and puked

I'm wide awake, it's morning...

Actually, I'm only sorta awake, but it is definitely morning.

4 days.

My To-Do List has not gotten much smaller. I did go to REI and get some outdoorsy-travel-types of things, including shampoo that you use w/o water! I doubt I NEED such a thing, but it just sounds so fantastic...I also got more functional things like pants that zip off and become shorts, a North Face fleece thing, a Columbia windbreaker, a super-absorbent micro-fiber towel, and a pair of outdoorsy-type shoes (i.e. leather w/ thick soles...the opposite of my preferred canvas Rocket Dogs.) I think I will go to Target today and get deodorant and stuff.

I am sooooooooo dreading that 13 hour flight across the Pacific...I haven't even thought about the 5 hours from here to LAX. Ugh. Not to mention the 90 minutes from Auckland to Christchurch...

Not that I'm complaining. I am, of course, but only superficially. It's totally awesome that I can just go to the other side of the world and we're going to have a wicked bad time, as Scottish Stu would say. It's surreal. A 13 hour flight I can comprehend. New Zealand...not so much.

I need to run along to work. Lots to do.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Mosaics: not just for Tuesdays anymore!

Some of my Flickr favorites...

The innocence of little kids makes me very happy.

The cuteness factor contributes to that as well, of course.

I had to include one of my favorite pictures of my little Lydia. She wants to get her EARS PIERCED. This whole growing up thing has GOT to stop!

Anyways, I'm still in love with Flickr. You should be too. It's rad.