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Day in Sydney

I got into Sydney Airport about 7:30pm. Totally knackered, as they say. I was slightly worried about getting through customs quarantine because I had a lot to declare. More about that some other time. Luckily despite all my "yes" responses, I flew through. All he took from me were my two apples. Then it was time for the real chore: strapping on my pack, hanging my backpack from my front and somehow managing to walk with an 8 foot board packed with bubble wrap, towels and my wetsuit, hanging off my shoulder. I had to do a sort of shuffle …

Christchurch airport follies

Whew. I am sitting waiting for the plane to Auckland, it was a comedy of errors this morning. A nice and extremely talkative shuttle driver took me and my “boyfriend” Dan to the airport. While I was booking the shuttle a few days ago, Dan was standing outside the office eavesdropping. Turns out he is on the same flight as me, and if we booked the shuttle together from the hostel we would save money. The woman at the desk told us to pretend to be a couple so she wouldn’t get in trouble. The Kiwi driver talked almost the …

Final New Zealand post – the massive airport rewrite

My Dad has requested a final post from New Zealand, so I will try to sum up the last 3-4 weeks. Around April 7th, after much resting, coffee drinking and foot-dragging, I left Te Anau. I had briefly considered making my way through Invercargill just to get a look at Burt Munro’s Indian, which is unceremoniously, and very appropriately, parked in a hardware store. But my desire to get my board fixed and find some surf outweighed the Indian. Straight to Dunedin, surf capital of the South Island, was the best bet. I also read they had a thing for …

Final New Zealand post, April 27th 2009

My Dad has requested a final post from New Zealand, so I will try to sum up the last 3-4 weeks. I based myself out of Dunedin from the time I left Te Anau, roughly around April 7th, I think. I decided to forego Invercargill and Burt Munro’s Indian in favor of getting my board to someone to fix as soon as possible. I had read Dunedin was a big surfing spot on the South Island, making it a good spot to find a shaper. Quarry Surfboards was the spot listed in my surf guide, so I dropped it off …

Still in Dunedin

This town is starting to feel like a home. Stayed the night with a lovely Kiwi couple in Dunedin. Ate some dinner than sat around watching murder mysteries on TV. Felt like home! My surfboard is almost ready, so I will be going to pick it up soon. Spent much of yesterday at St. Clair beach watching the waves and multitudes of surfers bobbing around out there. Second Beach looked really great, you can walk out around a cliff to watch the waves come in from the side. Great view to watch surfers, too. I went into water at the …