STill going well in Wanaka

Trip Start Jan 13, 2006
Trip End Ongoing

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Monday, September 11, 2006

I'll write more as i'm at the internet cafe with friends and we're about to do a bunch of baking.

The winter has quickly come to an end here, i had my last day of riding yesterday and finished it off with a big communal bbq, which was sweet. Gearing up for a good friend's birthday in a couple of days, with an indie rock show then fire on the beach - which will also be my last night in wanaka, so no need to plan to sleep - i'm actually going to book out of the hostel and not bother sleeping, as there will be a great sunrise. I am still having so much fun - it's hard to choose between exploring a country and exploring the characters of other travellers you've befriended, so i've stuck in wanaka an extra two weeks, as it's just too much fun. Life goes in commune style here - eating each other's food, hooking each other up where possible - baked goods, drinks at bars etc.

Daily life has come down to a beautiful 15min. walk around a lake (with 5 out of 7 days being sunny), with my board strapped to my back, walking by parks with kids playing in shorts and feeding ducks, multi-coloured blossoming trees and bushes, then hitching while staring over the lake at the surrounding yellow, brown and snow-capped mountains - wondering how i'm about to go snowboarding as people walk by with frisbees, fishing rods, biking and generally enjoying the summer weather of the town. Then get picked up and having random conversations along one of the most beautiful drives ever: jutting rocks, rivers, lake, waterfalls, unbelievable shades of gold and orange hills with erratic boulders all over. Then up a very steep and unfenced road to another unbelievable scene of rocky mountain mixed with seemingly foreign amounts of snow. Riding usually with somebody from the hostel or my friend Lukas (from Montreal) or sometimes alone with music on. With the keas (alpine parrots) and occasional rabbit crossing your path i still can't understand this place and what they all 'winter.'

We all made friends with these really cool israeli guys, so now i can make a mean falafal. Just you wait!

Well, i'll be off to oz in a couple of days, so i'll let you know how that goes and maybe add more info later. NExt stop - horse related working/wwoofing near the great barrier reef.

Be well!

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