I'm on the Ledge of Glory!

Trip Start Sep 18, 2011
Trip End Jun 01, 2012

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Thursday, November 3, 2011

...And we're back! Rest assured, we are still alive and livin' it up in New Zealand.  We actually haven't traveled anywhere too remote during the past few weeks. In fact, we decided to spend some quality alone time with our new home, Queenstown.  Moving here in September we felt like tourists for the first month or so as we got acquainted with the area, restaurants, people, culture, etc.  As of this past week, we've both noticed a change.  The honeymoon phase is over.  We're locals now and loving it!  Okay, well maybe not true locals but we definitely don't feel like tourists anymore.  We're finding our fave hangouts, hidden gems, and fun people to hang out with. Makes us feel like we've finally found a place to call home. So with that said, some of our fave spots, hangouts and things we've been up too the past few weeks are below...

  • Fave happy hour spot is the Brazz...$2.50 beers! I know...good deal, right?  It's hard to find a good drink deal in this tourist-heavy town. 
  • Our favorite spot to grab a take away meal is Aggy's.  They have the best fish 'n chips around and it's sold out of a shack off the main drag downtown.
  • We signed up with the local gym where they have all my fave classes (body pump, yoga, spin).  In addition, we joined the local running group (although they are all pretty hard core) and there are Saturday morning yoga sessions in the park (yeah, Chip doesn't do that)

  • We met a great group of friends who are also here for the summer.  And oddly enough,a few of them are from...(drum roll, please)...Colorado.  Yep, met them in the Doritos aisle of the grocery store.  Both of us looking for 'regular' chips...You know, the sour cream and onion or maybe some corn chips.  But instead we found chicken (not so bad), cheeseburger (eww), tzatziki sauce flavored (what??), and the weirdest was lamb and mint (downright gross).  Anyway, so happy we found more like-minded friends who like to hike, have an occasional brew, and join us in weekly trivia nights at local pubs.  ($60 bar tab won this past week.  We're smart, that's right)
  • The best of all is we get major discounts on tourist attractions in the area.  Last week there was a local deal for Milford Sound.  This week, half off bungy jumping!  Oh yeah, baby!
  • We've been practicing all the local vernacular and trying to incorporate it in our lingo.  Some examples...
    Cheers = Thanks or goodbye
    Sweet As = Right on or sweet (but I like to think it means sweet ass)
    Tea = Dinner (what do they call tea then...I'm confused)
    Not feeling so flash = not feeling so great
    Togs = swimsuits
    Nappy = Diaper (Chip hears this one a lot)
    Piss = Beer
    Pissed as a fart = Drunk
    Jandal = Flip Flop
  • Camera update!  Say goodbye to our point-and-shoot, we splurged and bought something that will hopefully do justice to the local environs.  It has the best of both worlds being small enough to lug around but also big enough to have an interchangeable lens.
  • We love the NZ tunes!  Sure, they still play the top US hits here but New Zealand's bands and artists are just as good.  I'm surprised some of them haven't made it to the states yet.  With that said, we just have to share some of our fave songs right now :)  You know we love music!  
    Don't Forget Your Roots by Six60
    Light It Up by Stan Walker (sounds just like Taio Cruz, right?)
    Something in the Water by Brook Fraser (another good one...check out Shadowfeet)
  • Last but not least, the highlight of our last week was our very first bungy jump.  We saw a half off deal in the weekly bulletin for locals and decided we HAD to take the plunge.  There are several bungy options in Queenstown (with it being the adventure capital of NZ and all) but we decided to choose the Kawarau Bridge Bungy.  This is home of the world's first and is a 43 meter bungy jump.  It's the only site in Queenstown that lets jumpers fly tandem.  So what better way to celebrate our wedding anniversary month than taking on our first bungy together?!? It was exhilarating!!
That's it and that's all for now!  Going on an overnight hut/hike tomorrow so will be in touch soon!
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Momma and DK on

CRAZYtown!!!!!!!!! Love ALL these pics and the video is SWEET AS!!!!!!! Personally, I'd have to be pissed as a fart ( at the very least ) to willingly jump off a bridge!!! (Maybe it tweeked your back, Lou and it will never bother you again??!!?)

thekellers on

LOL! You guys are funny! Gosh, I hope my back is fixed. I'll be a bungy junkie then :)

Laura on

The bridge i jumped off looked identical, not sure where it was (off a train in the middle of nowhere?). The guys that hooked our feet/ankles up to the bungee made jokes about not strapping them on tight, sound familiar?

thekellers on

Hmm, this one was located about 20 minutes outside of Queenstown just off a main road. And heck no, they didn't joke with us..I would have killed them!! :)

Lisa Keller on

You guys are awesome. I could only manage an early dinner knowing I would be too tired after work to celebrate our anniversary! (Cept I gotta few years on ya)!!
Keep on jumping...thoroughly enjoying your blog....

thekellers on

Thanks Lisa!! Yeah, we have a long way to go until we get to your and Bill's anniversary status :) Hope you guys enjoyed your day together!

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