I'm on the Ledge of Glory!
Trip Start Sep 18, 2011
28Trip End Jun 01, 2012
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- 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!
http://youtu.be/vqnwqsJYyiU Don't Forget Your Roots by Six60
http://youtu.be/i8YpelqcCtA Light It Up by Stan Walker (sounds just like Taio Cruz, right?)
http://youtu.be/u5C-YHSy3Fw 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!!
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