Tuesday, April 7, 2009
We left Sydney on Monday 30th March due to fly out at 9:!5am. At 9am just as we were about to board, Qantas decided to go on strike; well done union. I hate unions. Strike lasted for four hours. Missed our van pick up time and our campsite accommodation, however this did mean that we had to stay in a hotel for the night which was so nice. I think my new favourite food is lamb. That hotel did tasty lamb. Poor little fella.
We landed in Christchurch so figured we'd stay there for a few days. It's a great little city. A lot smaller than Dublin and extremely chilled out. Our campsite was about a 3 minute walk from the main square which was fantastic. We wandered the city and enjoyed the coffee. Our campervan is so much nicer than the last one. It's got a hi-top which means we can stand up and the layout is much better. We'll need more comfort here as the weather won't be as nice as Australia.
Christchurch has one of the nicest Indian take aways I've ever had. 10$ for a meal with rice and naan. That's less than 5 euro, so tasty. Christchurch also has a second hand Christian bookstore with over 60,000 books. My head nearly blew off. That was until I realised that they didn't have any books published after the eighties. If only I had a portable book reviewer with me to assess some of the books; I'm sure there were some winners there but I left empty handed. The second hand cd store on the other hand, I could have left there with the whole shop. Cracking selection and prices. I guess I'm a changed man though as out of 25 Pearl Jam bootlegs at a cost of 7 euro each I bought none.
While walking through the square one afternoon we saw what looked like a familiar face. I denied the fact but Jane insisted. She was right, it was a friend from church Lucinda. It was awesome. We got to have a coffee with her a couple of days later. So nice to see a friend from home.
From Christchurch we went to a place called Lake Tekapo, that needs a whole seperate post. Breathtaking.