Trip Start Mar 11, 2011
217Trip End Ongoing
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The only hostel that allowed campervans was Bon Accord, a decent enough hostel except for the lack of TV and we just happened to be there on a rare busy off-season night. As travellers' purse-strings grow ever tighter, we have started to see a greater variety of democraphics in hostels. No longer are they only the haunt of spotty teenagers. So much for our fear of being the creepy oldies! That night a Chinese family of 6 had taken over the kitchen/dining room area
and set up a makeshift production line of chopped, colourful veggies
Like most small towns, one of Akaroa's touristy attractions is a tiny, old-school cinema with just two screens, except that night one was out of order. So we "chose" to watch a recent Kiwi release called "Hook, Line and Sinker". It was the surprising lighthearted tale of a truck-driver discovering and then mourning the gradual loss of his sight and hence his identity, and how his family deals with it. While it was definitely not a Hollywood blockbuster, Dee found it a moving story (yes, I cried!) offering an insight into the real lives of ordinary modern-day Kiwis. Mario said: "I'm surprised it didn't go straight to TV".
Back at the ranch, the production line was still underway.