of Paula's email travel tales
...Anyhows a fitting end to the night
occured when five or six Kiwis did the Haka, a Maori
new zealand tribal dance for us - think of the All
Blacks Haka before a rugby match - due to Carolines
persistence. Myself, Caroline and Rachel in turn then
performed a small Irish jig for them, which, after
they recovered from their small seizures and potential
heart-threating laughter fits and picked themselves up
from the ground where they had fallen, informed us was
the most pathetic dance they had ever seen .... "
..."We had a impromptu party in the house on St. Stephans
night after the pub - all got a bit out of hand! There
was a huge waterfight which resulted in most of the
carpet being pretty damaged, people were drinking from
eggcups and oil burners, Caroline spent quite some
time trapped in a broken rosebush and being literally
sat upon and after been dragged around the house on a
tricycle, I ended up being drenched with a big bucket
of water. "
..."Well let me assure you
that I get no pleasure in informing you all that it is
37degrees here and I have had to spend most of the day
inside due to the intense heat...oh the trials...."
... "Myself and CAroline are in Franz Josef at the moment - a small
little village in the South Island beside two mad glaciers and loads
of snow capped mountains - really beautiful scenery. WE have had a fairly
active week as well - we went kayaking on the Tasman sea - really beautiful
and then trekked through a gorgeous national park. We also climbed a
glacier yesterday which was pretty mad. The most insane thing we did
though has got to be skydiving. Yes I actually jumped out of a plane.
We did it just above the fox glacier which is right beside Mount Cook
- New Zealands highest mountain 12,000 ft. It was the most mental thing
I think I have ever done in my life. Suprisingly I wasn't actually nervous
at all except when I actually found myself out of the plane - every
natural instinct in your body is screaming at you to get back inside
the plane. It is the most crazy feeling being in the air. Actually perferred
skydiving bit to the parachute bit as that was really slow and kept
thinking I was just going to fall. Mad and scary, really glad I did
it but don't think i will be the skydiving queen of the century....now
there's a shock"...
..."we went for an overnight trip up to Kiakoura, a fabulous coastline
village where you can swim with dolphins or go whale watching. We had
planned to go whale watching on a 7am trip but the night before we lit
a fire on the beach, drank copious amounts of wine and consequently
slept in! Aw well we just took in the scenic views instead before hitching
a lift back to Christchurch"...
..."Kinda half settled in accomodation as well (will explain the
half at a later date - smelly man with disgusting phelmy cough sitting
beside me so wanna get outta here) so if any of youse feel so inclined
to put pen to paper in the hope of scripting a marvellous manuscript
all for little olde me"