Dunedin!

Trip Start Oct 28, 2004
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Trip End Aug 08, 2005


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Wednesday, March 23, 2005

In an attempt to get out of town and spend some quality time with our friends who are leaving us soon, we jumped in our newly rented car and headed west to spend two days in Dunedin. Molly, Lindsay, Seerla, Shawn and myself packed ourselves around Seerla's gigantic bag in our little Saloon car with every attempt to drive through the Catlins to see the penguins and visit places like Shag Point, Nugget Point, Kaka Point and Chew Tobacco Point. But once we were in Gore (the World Capitol of Brown Trout fishing) we estimated that driving through the Catlins would keep us in the car for another five hours when we had already been driving for three. Turns out our detour to Gore made the trip from Queenstown to Dunedin a six hour trip instead of three. The trip was not invain, however. We got to eat at the KFC in Gore, drive through small towns such as Waihola that boasted the sign, "No doctors, No hospital, one cemetery," and introduce the girls to lyrical movement.

Once we got to Dunedin the rain began and we found ourselves a great motel whose "comfortable beds are world famous." We were expecting to stay in a hostel but with five of us we were able to afford a suite which gave us the luxuries of two tvs, five beds, our own bathroom with a shower that could hold 8 people, and a mini kitchen. We got spoiled with our accomodation to say the least.

Even in the rain we were hungry and set out on a walk around town to find dinner. Keeping with the tradition of things taking longer than nessecary, dinner took around three hours to complete. Maybe it's becauce we work in hospitality that we notice poor service or maybe just because it really was bad. Who knows. It was still early when we were finished but considering it was a Sunday night, were forced back to the hotel to watch the Sunday night movie, Panic Room. We were all exahusted and asleep by 11pm. Usually none of us are in bed before 3am so when we should have been on vacation to go out and have a good time, we were having a good time going to bed early and sleeping late.

The morning met us with more rain which put a slight damper on our day but didn't stop us from having a fun, tourist filled day. The morning was spent shopping like all girls like to do, a walk around The University of Otago campus, followed by a tour at the Cadbury Chocolate Factory. We got to eat heaps of free chocolate and learn many interesting facts (Did you know that putting chocolate in the fridge does more harm than good? The flavor is best at room temperature. And chocolate has a shelf life of a year and a half.) all while the lesbian tour guide couldn't keep her eyes off Seerla and her low cut shirt. We had a bunch of kids in our tour that kept things interesting and fun...if it wasn't for them we would have just been walking around a factory and watching dvds. The end of the tour did allow us to see a waterfall of one ton of chocolate which I'm sure is something most people don't get to see on a regular basis.

Keeping with the power tourist mode we were in, we promptly followed the tour with a drive to the Otago Pennisula where we should have been able to see New Zealand's only castle and penguins. However, the weather kept us from seeing much past our windshield and the castle cost a ridiculous amount of money. Even just to drive by the castle you had to spend $10 a person. We opened the guide book, looked at the picture and drove away just as happy.

Advoiding another long dinner and service charge due to the holiday we were unaware of, we got chinesse take away, lots of beer and plopped ourselves in front of the tv and watched Happy Gilmore. Our friend Matt came and met up with us and eventually dragged us to the college bar, The Bowler. Monday nights are kereoke nights and since Seerla admitted to having never participated in kereoke we were quite excited. The bar smelled horrible (I mean who's idea was it to put carpet in a bar?) and reminded us of a bar that would be attached to a Holiday Inn. We sat in a booth in the corner and kept to ourselves while the Bowler Idol competition was being completed. We took careful time considering what song we would do once it was over and finally agreed upon "I've got friends in low places." A few other acts went, singing songs by artists such as Mariah Carey and Britney Spears. Right before we were called, the announcer reminded everyone that there was an option to bang the keg to stop the music on any act they found particularly unappealing. We walked on stage and after only two lines of our song, the keg got banged and we were back to our table just as quickly as we had gotten there. We couldn't believe that we were asked to sit down and a Mariah Carey song wasn't. We hated the fat girl for kicking us off so I decided that I would go sit with them just to be an asshole. As I sat with them they started throwing things at me. Our cue to leave. A friend explained that it is a locals bar and they don't tolerate other people being there. I find it funny that it's a college bar and not many of them are actually locals.

The night didn't stop there as we ate a fantastic night cap of pringle and cheese sandwhiches before going to bed. We lazily woke up the next morning, ate bagels at a rare bagel shop and drove the direct route back to Queenstown. We had a great time hanging out, regardless of our kereoke experience. Dunedin was a cute town but one we'll probably not race to see again. But as it turns out, us girls bring the party and we could have fun anywhere we go.
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