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a gardner...chronicles of the random adventures, boredom,chaos and drama that happens in London, Ontario

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a disillusioned londoner, who is now in new zealand, hoping to corrupt young minds once ive finished with teacher's college

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

pics and update

hey ...this is just going to be a quick update and some pictures :) i start my next placement on monday, this time im at an all girls catholic school...oh so exciting :) so i dont know how much i will be posting, hopefully more posts then less...but i cant promise anything

basically my trip to the south island was unbelievable, i absolutely fell in love with it there...

this was part of an email i sent the family and it gives you just some things about my trip (yes im lazy and dont want to rewrite, but i feel like it caputres how great it was to be in the south island)

the trip so far has been interesting....tuesday it rained all day and we drove from christchurch to wanaka...we didn't get their until like 1030, so tuesday was a bit of a write off...but the driving was definately interesting and we saw a lot of sheep thats for sure. and mountain driving is definately a little nerve racking wednesday we were supposed to go sky diving but the weather was not co-operating. basically it poured down with rain all day, but we did go to puzzle world (lol - it was actually very fun) and i did some driving though which was a little scary going through the mountains (the roads are very narrow and i tended to forget that there was another side of the car to deal with...aka the left side), more or less it was like learning how to drive all over again. we stopped at one of the many wineries that were along the way to queenstown and checked that out and had lunch...the wine was quite good. headed into queenstown and cruised around the city but with the rain it limited our plans thursday i went horseback riding...it was called the ride of the rings (robin is a big lord of the rings fan)....it as very cool, the sights were amazing. and for my first time on a horse it went quite well....a little sore today, but it was such an amazing experience and to have the opportunity to be on a mountain on top of a horse was a little mindblowing. it was all a little surreal thats what i've found this whole trip to be ...just surreal....especially today because i went sky diving. we were originally supposed to jump at 9000 feet but apparently there was some issue with that so we went up to 12000 feet...the view was crazy...like it was just so gorgeous...its hard to explain. i was definately a little scared when i was at the door and sitting on the side of the plane hanging out...the pictures will be posted tomorrow, i'll send you all the link so you can check it out. we did free falling for 1 minute which was really cool, we were going about 200km an hour...my instructor was actually from quebec so that was fun and he was really cool. today was just so surreal it was like you were just sitting in the air floating around, and to see all the mountains and the lakes/rivers....i can barely explain it. it was definately a great opportunity and i really want to do it again...maybe from 15 000 :)


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