Hey, hey, hey! You miss me yet!? Well I’m sure you do! Not having my wit and pretty photos these last few weeks has probably ruined your life, because as previously established I’m awesome! But any way! I’ve been adventuring and hating slow internet too much to write so thats why is has been so long.
But Natalie what is impossible (I know this is what you’re thinking right now)? Let’s start with the fact that I am the world’s worst speller. What does this have to do with the impossible? Well the whole spelling change because I am no longer working with American English has made my spelling worse which I am pretty sure is impossible. Z’s are now S’s and there are random U’s and a whole mess of things.
Side note: There are going to be a lot of missing days and that is a fact we will have learn to live with.
Now let’s get started!!! (Good luck this is a lot!)
Friday July 21st
Nothing interesting happened except for having amazing pancakes for half off! So here is my obligatory food photo!
Sunday July 23nd
So I joined a club, not actually sure what its called but I think its a conservation club. All I know is it was $15 for the semester and we get to go on hikes! This weekend was a hike up part of Mt. Cargill. It was breathtaking! It reminded me why I came here and how crazy cool the world is. That being said it was a huge struggle. I’d been battling being sick the last few days and I’m not the most stable on my feet. So moral of the story: it was really pretty but I struggled to remain up right.
Wednesday July 26th
Honestly nothing happened I just want someone to appreciate how much I loved my garlic bread that I was carrying home from the store!
Friday July 28th
Again not much happened just that we prepared for a 3-day weekend trip!
Saturday July 29th-31st
Two Words: ROAD TRIP!!! Thursday I got a text asking if I wanted to go somewhere for the weekend and 9am on Saturday we were on the road for a weekend in The Catlins!! If you’re questioning what The Catlins are right now, you are not alone. I said yes before knowing anything past my roommate telling me it was pretty. So what The Catlins is (are?) a region on the Southeast coast of the south island that starts about an hour and a half from Dunedin. It was amazing!!!!! Beaches for miles and rocks to climb and forests and waterfalls and everything you picture when someone talks about NZ! So lets dive into the trip and be prepared there is so so soooooo much you’re probably going to want to skip through the random commentary and just look at the pictures.
Stop One: Kaka Point
First let’s just take a moment to laugh at Kaka Point! Alright now that my inner 5 year old is out, what you need to know is that it is the first beach we stopped at and for some reason we got to it by climbing down (and eventually up) a steep muddy hill that was not meant to be climbed. Yeah yeah yeah you think I’m dramatic when I say it wasn’t meant to climb because if it wasn’t meant to climb why would all four of us use it. Well it actually wasn’t meant as an entrance to the beach, we didn’t see the actually one so decided to take the deadly way down. I fell so much that when I finally got back up I had to sit on a plastic bag to prevent from ruining our rental car! Fun times!
Stop Two: Nugget Point
So this is actually a really famous place in NZ (well I mean not like the Eiffel Tower famous, but if you look up places to go in on the south island it is one of the first things that will come up). After visiting, I can totally say I understand why people love it!!
Stop Three: Cannibal Bay
First off how great is the name Cannibal Bay! So great! Second I would like to apologise(yes I know this is spelled with a Z but my lap top is now on New Zealand English and they want an S there and I can’t handle the red squiggle saying it is spelled wrong) to TripAdvisor, the reviews said that Cannibal Bay was one of the better places to see Sea Lions but the drive was a little terrible. We mocked you TripAdvisor, we thought you just had issues with gravel roads. We were wrong! It was like driving over very small boulders up a narrow road on a mountain, with random sheep interference. If another car had been going the opposite way we would have just ben stuck forever!! But I am happy to report we made it! (I feel like that is probably very obvious but you now know for sure) And it was so worth it!!! Much love internet for telling us this place existed!!
Also I just want to prepare you that there are waaaaay too many photos from this place but I feel you need to see the evolution of how hard it is to take a decent photo of me and my true love for seal ions.
Between Stop Three and Four
Welcome to one of the greatest moments of my life! We were driving to a water fall and then out of the blue there was a wall of white on the road! Turns out it was hundreds of sheep running towards us. It was so wonderful we had to pull over while I cried from laughter (not an exaggeration tears really did stream down my face). But for real pictures cannot show how crazy the sheep wall was!
Stop Four: Purakaunui Falls
Honestly this water fall was amazing! But the issue here is that I was so overwhelmed with joy from the sheep that It could have been butt ugly and I would have loved it!!
End of Day 1
We stayed at an Airbnb that night at an adorable old couple’s house (who were very chatty and a little crazy but very nice). We made pasta for dinner then played card games in one of the bed rooms before bed. Really the most important thing here is the place had heated blankets!!!! They were pre-warmed for us and when we woke up our boots were by the fire ready for the day of adventure.
Stop Five: Lake Wilkie
I will say lake is probably a bit of an overstatement but it was a quick fun way to start the day! It also reminded me that it is actually winter! The lake was frozen over so while everyone was taking nice photos I spent most of the time throwing rocks to see if I could crack the ice (I failed but the rocks sounded so cool when they hit the ice and it turns out you can skip rocks on ice, I was one of my proudest moments).
Stop Six: McLean Falls
It was a pretty waterfall! And I fell around zero times! So it was pretty and safe so it was a total win!! ( I think this is also the tallest one on the south island)
Stop Seven: Niagara Falls
Man what a sight to see!! I never thought I’d see a waterfall this large in person! Plus how quickly we made it to Canada and back really astounds me! KIDDING!!! This is the smallest waterfall in New Zealand and if we are being honest waterfall is not an appropriate word at all! Its more like a stream.
Stop Eight: Porpoise Bay
Porpoise Bay wasn’t in the game plan but it was on our way to the next stop so we ended up walking down to the beach and eating lunch! It was beautiful! And honestly lunch on a mostly empty beach, who could complain! We just sat on some nice rocks and enjoyed sammies and cookies!
Stop Nine: Curio Bay
Curio Bay is a weird place. It is a petrified forest! So there isn’t a beach, its just a ton of rock/tree thingys that you climb onto to look at the ocean or just explore. Its major draw is that it is one of the best places to see penguins! BUT WE SAW NO PENGUINS!!! Mark my words, I will see penguins before I leave here! ( If I haven’t seen them by November 30th I guess I’ll just have to stay here forever. I see no other option.) But it was still cool even if the penguins were all a lie!
Stop Ten: Slope Point
Aka: “THIS THE CLOSEST TO SANTA I’LL EVER BE”! Sooo… I yelled this proudly when we got to slope point, because it is the furthest south you can go on mainland New Zealand BUT I forgot that Santa lives in the North Pole. This is a moment I doubt I’ll ever live down, so I’m going to just show you pictures to hide my true shame. So true story this is the furthest from him I will ever be. Sorry Santa.
Okay so right now you are looking for another stop and while you will get your wish I first must show you the complete destruction of any hope I had of being a model (I know my height is so perfect for the job!)
Stop Eleven: Waipapa Point
More ocean, new light house, and MORE SEA LIONS!!!!!!
Stop Twelve: Curio Bay (part two)
Nothing new here, we just went for sunset!
The End! (Of this trip not post, nice try!)
Friday August 4th
We went to K-Mart! Which in America is dying but here K-Mart is LIT! I love K-Mart! Its so colourful and cheep!! Plus it is in the mall and I love a good food court!!!! Why am I telling? Because A) K-Mart still exists and thats a revelation in itself and B) I found my new most prized possession.
Saturday August 5
I had a life changing doughnut! Thats really all you need to know! We are talking it was so good I had to FaceTime Madison and make her watch me eat the doughnut so someone would understand how great my life truely is.
Saturday August 12
I went to the theatre! We went and saw Into The Woods! It was soooooo good!! I love musicals! So clearly nothing has really changed! (PS watch the movie Into The Woods on netflix 10/10 recommend)
Side note: fairy tales sound way cooler when told with an accent.
Sunday August 13th
We went to New Zealand’s only castle (to be honest its just a fancy mansion but its called a castle and that seems more fun)!! We started out trip with high tea in the ball room, it was so fancy! But here is the thing about fancy, I don’t eat fancy things. So at high tea everyone ate little snacks and drank tea, I on the other hand just looked around at how pretty things were and tried not to break anything! After that we toured the castle and then got free time to explore the grounds. After the castle we went into town and did a night time ghost tour of Dunedin. While obviously super cheese-y, it was actually pretty fun! And we actually did get to see one ghost (it might have just been graffiti of a really happy ghost but it still counts right?). So basically this was the day I learned I really should be a princess and that I ain’t afraid of no ghosts.
Monday August 14
Okay so no one ever should let me take a cooking class. EVER. While (thankfully) nothing caught on fire, I did get made fun of my the chef (multiple times). But the mocking was not because I am a terrible cook (even though thats pretty true) but because I refused to eat or cook like 80% of what they wanted me to make. The good news is I have found my food soul mate! Ashely and I partnered and it turns out neither of us eats any foods! This meant while everyone had veggies and spices in their foods we had cheese, lots and lots of cheese.
Saturday August 19th
Remember a while ago that I was sad the jaffa race was cancelled. Well now you don’t have to worry any longer, they finally held it! 25,000 gumball looking chocolates racing down the street is as funny as it sounds (as long as you ignore being pushed around by reeaaaaaalllly annoy tourist children).
Thursday August 24th
SPRING BREAK TIME!!!!!!!! At exactly 5:50pm I started spring break and honestly two spring breaks in one year feels fantastic!!!!!!! So here are some photos of how beautiful it was walking out of my last class.
Saturday August 26th
GAME DAY!!!! You might be preparing for NFL to start but I finally got to go to the All Blacks game (it feels like I bought the tickets yesterday, I cannot believe I’ve been here over two months)!! It was awesome! I still don’t fully understand all that happened but it was cool!! I won’t lie I did almost yell “Go Rebs” and “Hotty Toddy” a few times but I made it though without embarrassing my self too bad. What is really important is that there was a seagull that sat on the field the entire game and I am just really impressed with its commitment. But apparently they bird was good luck because after a tense game they beat the Australians and won the Bledisloe Cup!!! Also scrums and the whole lifting guys off the ground to catch the ball are really fun things to watch and while I didn’t understand them I 100% support them being in any other sport possible.
Today August 27th!!!
FINALLY!!!! We have made the long journey to the end. ( I mean just the end of this post, and you’re going to be tortured with another long one next time because of spring break). So now I am packing for a week on the North Island where cool and pretty things will happen! Bye!
P.S. Sorry I forgot I was doing this so you had to endure the whole mess
P.P.S. I’m still refusing to check for grammar issues
P.P.S Shout out to Hannah and Beth because all the nice photos were taken by them!