Day 9: Christchurch to Franz Josef Glacier

Trip Start Aug 04, 2012
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Trip End Aug 20, 2012


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Monday, August 13, 2012

Today, I woke up at 7 and had a good breakfast. Then we started to make our way through Arthur's Pass on the way to Franz Josef. On the way, we stopped at a cafe that had these giant birds that would steal and/or destroy things, called Kea. They landed on our Contiki bus and everybody was taking pictures of them.

The next stop on the way was the jade/greenstone factory in Hokitika. They explained the meanings behind some of the different shapes of the jewelry, and we were even able to watch them carve some. I bought a necklace shaped like a kiwi and then went next door for french toast. It was served with banana slices again just like the other time I had it.

When we got to Franz Josef, we all had to change into our bathing suits right away so we could check out the hot pools before dinner. There were three different temperatures--I think it was 37, 38, and 40 degrees Celsius. They were all too hot for me, and none of them were hot enough for Jessie. We kept switching pools and hanging out with different people. I think we were the last few Contiki people to leave.

This was the night when Jessie asked Richie (out of nowhere) if he was scuba certified. We kept quoting this throughout the trip because we decided that it was Jessie's idea of flirting. I don't know why she never slapped any of us, especially me. Once we finally decided to leave, we got sort of lost. So, we were running around in the freezing cold in nothing but bathing suits, since we had already handed our towels back in. It was sooooo cold!!! We eventually found our room, though.

Dinner was at 7:30, and I sat at a small table with Jessie, Mark, and Chris. All four of us had the spaghetti, and it was pretty good (but apparently Mark is a spaghetti connoisseur and eats it every week, so he wasn't as impressed). We also got tomato soup with bread. Dessert was a chocolate "brownie" that looked and tasted exactly like cake (and not very good cake at that). Chris put salt in Mark's water and they both ended up drinking some. That was kinda funny.

After dinner, we went out to the other room where they had a TV with tables, stools, a fireplace, and heaters on the ceiling. We drew maps of the U.S. and Australia so we could show each other where we lived. The heaters kept turning off, and we had to keep pushing a button to turn them back on again. It probably would have been better if there had been room to sit by the fireplace, but it wasn't too bad.

Mark and Chris went to bed pretty early, so Jessie and I left before too much longer. We were rooming with Crystal and Kay-Marie, and Crystal was already in bed, so we tried to be quiet, but we totally woke her up anyway. Oops. Kay-Marie came in later, but I didn't even wake up because she's good at sneaking in late at night, haha.
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