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Day 7: Rainy Day Tuesday

Tuesday, 06 April, 2010:

A stay in a hostel is exactly what I need.  After 5 days of sleeping in the car, my body’s starting to feel it.  I can’t figure out how to lay the back seats down (or, moreso, I’m too lazy), so my feet are a bit cramped and just at odd angles.  Tonight, though, I’ve booked a stay at the YHA hostel in Taupo.

Before I get into that, I want to go through the rest of the day.  Last night I ended up watching Seven Pounds (which I finished at 3 am when I kept waking up).  That is probably the saddest movie I have ever seen, though incredibly well put together.  I won’t give it away, but I was quite impressed, especially since I heard only mediocre thoughts on it.

I woke up to find an older woman peering in my windshield.  I was a little freaked out until I realized she was just trying to read the numbers on my camping tag.  Still, a weird way to wake up.

Heading out from the camp, I was driving down the road when I noticed two cars stopped up ahead.  As I pulled up, I was attacked by a herd of sheep.  I guess they escaped from the pen as they were being moved across the street.  Eventually I had to turn around and find another way around.

Sheep Stampede

Went into Rotorua today looking for Internet.  I got online for a bit and checked my 38 emails and out out that my credit card is still being annoying.  I’ll have to give them a hard time about it when I get back.

Huka Rapids

Rotorua has pianos strewn throughout the city that are free and open to whoever wants to play them.  They’re part of Pianos in the Wild, which I think is an awesome idea.  When I’m rich, that will be one of my projects to better the world.  IT felt great to play again, though I was a little disappointed with how much I’ve forgotten.

It started to pour down rain, which made the day quite dreary.  In fact, I only ended up with three pictures for this day.  The trip around Lake Rotorua didn’t amount to much.  There’s wasn’t much after you left the city.  It ended up being a lazy day, driving slowly through the rain and stopping a lot.  Still, I couldn’t’ do much, so I hung out in the car, watched Friends, and talked to parents/Kat.

Food was a highlight of today.  Stopped at the grocery store and picked up lunchmeat for a sandwich.  Some of the best salami I’ve had, but also “chicken roll,” which is NOT normal chicken, as the woman behind the counter had told me.  Also for dinner, I had chicken pasta with onion, garlic, ginger, broccoli, and brie.  Quite tasty, especially the brie.

I’m a bit annoyed at how touristy and tacky the Rotorua/Taupo area is.  It seems that everything has a price tag on it.  I drove 10 km to an “historic volcanic valley” only to find that the 1-hour hike cost $36.  Even the bathrooms at Huka Falls were pay (though luckily the waterfall itself was free).

Huka Falls

It’s nice being in a hostel.  I had some nice conversation with two English couples and one Dutch couple.  We talked a lot about New Zealand and travel (where I was scoffed at for not knowing what The Lonely Planet is).  We talked about the prices of food and clothing between countries.  Apparenlty, TJ Max is called TK Max in England, though they can’t really say why.  Talking was really great, and I wish I had the money to stay in hostels through the whole trip.  You meet some real interesting people.

A long, hot shower felt sooooo great.

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  1. Genna
    April 17, 2010 at 2:48 am

    I agree about Seven Pounds–very well done. Just saw Up in the Air–a nice surprise, too. Add it to your list! Love that you played piano in the streets!

  2. Kat
    April 17, 2010 at 2:25 pm

    You don’t know what the Lonely Planet is?
    Brandon Koger! =O

  1. April 23, 2010 at 11:18 pm

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