So as told in my last post, I decided to leave Nelson and go straight to Takaka to meet my friend Mikki.. This little town is really relaxed, many hippies around. This is definitely a big spot for backpackers, located in the wonderful “Golden Bay”.
Mikki introduced me to the free camping very close to the town. Amazing, well hidden in bushes, next to the river. A little spontaneous community, where everyone shares his food and wine, cook together, we even built a oven! I’ll stay here for a week at least. A very cheap and relaxing way of life, very close to the nature. I spend my days swimming at the river or hitch-hiking to the next beach..
(updated on 14.02) I got a confirmation this morning to do some woofing from next monday, at Kaiaho eco-lodge. I heard from Chantale about this magical place located on a nature reserve and only accessible with a boat!! I just got in touch with the hosts trough their website and luckily got a positive answer! I cant wait to discover this isolated piece of nature..
09.02.12. First steps on the south Island.
I took the ferry from Wellington to Picton, and started hitch-hiking straight to Nelson. I met a Chinese girl going to the same destination, so we hitch-hiked together. Quite easy even for 2 people, we didn’t wait more than 20 minutes even in some really quite areas. We took a lift with 3 different drivers, the last one was a really crazy dude. He told us about his way of life, between the dream of becoming a stuntman (until the day he broke his back as he jumped from a roof, totally drunk, and missed the mattress) and his job as a Gold-digger. Mostly in real gold mines but sometimes on his own, on very-hard-to-acces spots. “You need some balls..” he said. Epic.
I reached Nelson in the evening, the weather is way warmer than Wellington even at 8pm! I looked for a hostel, but everything was packed because of a music festival (and the high touristic season)… after a few tries and walk around i finally found a bed at some lodge – bit expensive- so I hope I’ll find some place cheaper for tonight. It is really funny to get into the backpacker life (that I didn’t really experienced so far), and meet people living on very short terms plans. The main interrogation in the morning is “where am i gonna stay tonight?”, just like me..
My plans? try to catch up with Mikki that should be in the same area at the moment, apply for some woofing places, I already got a positive answer for an amazing place apparently, but only for less than a week at the end of February.
PS: By the time I published this post, i got a text from Mikki “Im at TAKAKA. Get yourself and hith hike here fast. We have a great camp area for free and there is a great live band playing tonight” > Looks like I have a plan for tonight hahah!
A short post with a selection of cool pictures taken during this last -crazy- weekend in Wellington. Thanks to everyone! I’m really excited about the next step, the South Island. And i will, of course, keep updating the blog.
How to qualify this day? SURREALISM might be the most appropriate word.
As if the Nature herself was giving me a sign, my day started with a 5.7 earthquake at 7am, almost synchronised with my alarm. Even if I had a quite short sleep last night, I got up within 0,2sec to look for a shelter. No damages, but because the flat is on the 7th and top floor of the building, we got really shaked. Scary.
“Time to move on”. After more than 2 months in Wellington, and after a few weeks of thinking about it, I finally took this decision last night. I’m heading to the south Island next week!! It is meant to be the most amazing, beautiful and natural part of New Zealand and that is totally exciting! I’m going in a real adventure style, by my own, and hitch-hiking..
I went to work and told my boss that I was quitting. So grateful to them, as I got offered to work many many hours in a pretty short period (i have been working more than 60 hours/week!). Which allowed me to save enough money to be able to keep travelling. Thank you and good bye! On the way back to town, I got immersed on this very special weekend in Wellington: The Sevens. It’s a rugby event (you guys realize how big the rugby is in New Zealand), with the particularity that the teams are made of 7 guys instead of 15. The games take place in the Stadium, but there is also a lot going on in the city centre, and almost everyone is dressed up with crazy costumes… I totally forgot about it even if i was told. So imagine my reaction as I got back to the city, right after quitting my job, and saw thousands of people in the streets partying with amazing costumes… Surrealistic (^) !
As a conclusion, I want to say how much I loved this episode of Wellington, “the coolest little capital of the world”. I was really happy to meet so many cool people here, and I am especially thankful to Andy and Kura of course, that both made my time here fantastic and fun!! I got one weekend left, and its now time to celebrate… : )
SOUTH ISLAND HERE I COME!
I have been working quite a lot over the last week, it is going fine. I have been carrying lot of heavy stuffs and I discovered some unexpected muscles in my body! Fitness for free. Quite a funny experience to work with those real kiwi guys. Having some deep conversations about chicks, cars, TV shows,… with the strongest accent ever. It sounds ironic, but this is not offensive at all, they all are really friendly and funny. I also got another part time job (10hours/week) offer thanks to my friend Andy, to do some online marketing for an Iphone App company. So I might be able to combine the 2 jobs. And I’m still hoping to get an interview at the movies studios or at the workshop, witch would definitely be the best option.
Back to the “Retrospective“. I finally got some days off and i decided to edit a short video out of all the pictures taken over the 2 last months. You will recognize a few of them, but i already have taken more than 1000 pics.. So keep your eyes open, it goes really quick!
I finally got a job!
I had my first day today.. I’m working for a relocation company, so i’m basically packing stuffs in boxes and moving them from one place to another. Nothing amazing but it feels good to work hard and finally earn some money!!! The company is really busy so they are offering me work for at least the whole January, 5 to 7 days/week.. so i’ll do as many hours as i can during the next weeks and probably move on to the south Island in February… Unless a better opportunity comes up meanwhile? : )
Happy new year dear followers!
If I look back on 2011, I can truly say that it was one of the best year of my life, soo much fun, epic times with friends and great experiences. I met awesome people and ended the year discovering an amazing country!! So I just can wish that 2012 will be as good as this past year. Hopefully with more stability and justice for the Arabian countries, less impunity for the bankers, and a taller president for France.
Back to New Zealand. I had one of the craziest new years eve’s, not necessary in the best way, because we unfortunately had really bad weather at the LA DE DA festival. The area turned into a giant mud pool and I got really sick on the 31th because of contaminated water (or too much booze?).. I had so much fun on the first night though, dancing like crazy in the mud to good music. I am happy about this experience. I mean, if you can survive this, you can survive anything right? : )
MUUUUUUD!! (copyright: Brady Dyer Photography)