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Quick primer in New Zealand english

The first thing I immediately picked up here was saying “Yeah yeah”. Very catchy. I met a young woman named Emma (pronounced EEma by her) and I think she was the one who gave me this first linguistic gift. I have a feeling I will be annoying you guys with this one when I return back to the States. Watch out for it. Kiwis also end lots of sentences with “eh?” just like the Canadians. I don’t think I will pick that one up, since I am already immune to it. “Good on you” means “good for you”. And I …

Tuesday February 24

This morning I woke up to a rainy and chilly morning. I got online, checked messages and chatted with people before heading off to check the surf. I figured I might skip it today since the report didn’t sound great and my arms were a bit sore from the day before. Man, I get out of shape fast.

Piha Beach

So much has happened in the past few days.  I will have to take more time to compose a post later this evening.  I am now the proud ownder of a white 1994 Mitsubishi Magna Sedan.  Manual! The engine purrs, almost no rust.  Good tires.  All for $1600 NSD (which translates to roughly $900 USD).  I talked him down from $1650. hahahahaha.  But I think it was a good deal.  So far, at least.  I will let you know if adventurous mishaps begin

Attention wannabe New Zealander hipster dude, the faux hawk is IN

I am sitting at the “chill out lounge” of Base ACB – a backpackers hostel – on Queen Street even though I am not staying here tonight. Or tomorrow night, for that matter. If you were in town and not staying here either, it might be a good place to just go relax, pay for some internet and maybe meet a cute young guy with a gelled up fauxhawk.

On the way there

It’s 3:20am my time, 5:30pm Seoul time. This airport looks so much like JFK, it is kind of eerie. The first part of the trip went so smoothly, it’s almost strange. I got to JFK at 10am, for my 12:50pm flight. I didn’t wait in line to check-in. I didn’t wait in line to go through security. It was all over in about 15 minutes. Having only got about 5 hours sleep the night before, I fell asleep fairly easily on the plane.