I'm on the home stretch of my journey with only a few weeks before I head back to the ole USA.Â I have to pinch myself here because I am in love with this country, particulary the south island of NZ.Â It's absolutely amazing.Â Almost every place I visit down here is somewhere I could envision myself living in the future.Â The south island is such a great place for those that enjoy the outdoors because there is so much to do: surfing, kayaking, hiking/camping, extreme sports, skiing/snowboard.Â It's so laid back here and I'm just constantlyÂ meeting extraordinary Kiwis and fellow travelers.
Last week I surprised myself and decided to go skydiving in Queenstown, which is a mountain restort down in the very south of the south island.Â I woke up one morning in Queenstown and went for a run.Â The morning was spectacular and there was an opening to skydive for the day, so I decided to go for it after hearing so many other people's positiveÂ skydiving experiences.Â I've been traveling with Sam (Isle of Man, England) and Rachel (N. Ireland) and they had skydived a few days prior and encouraged me to jump.Â Once I decided to do it, they went to the landing strip and cheered me on!Â NZ is the place to skydive because there are so many places to do it and the locations to skydive are just breathtaking.Â Check out my skydiving photos for more details about my thoughts going through the actual skydive!
I've been doing a lot of traveling the past few weeks.Â Just staying 2-3 nights in most places and moving on so that I can see as much as I can.Â I'm still missing a lot, but I'm still getting to see many great things.Â I just left Mt. Cook this morning, which is the highest peak in Australasia.Â I was lucky yesterday because I got a clear morning and I got a nice hike in to get a good view of Mt. Cook.Â Today as I left the weather turned really bad and it looked more like a scene from a tornado as I left!Â
I only have a few days left in the south island.Â I'll be spending them with my new friends from N. Ireland. We are going to a small fishing town called Akaroa for a few days and then we'll be back in Christchurch to see theÂ city sights before heading north.Â I'll be flying back to the north island where I'll be working for a few days at an Irish PubÂ on a small island near Auckland (biggest city in NZ) called the Great Barrier Island, which is supposed to be very rustic but extremely beautiful.Â This should be an experience!Â After working there, I'll take the ferry back to Auckland where I'll spend a few nights and then back to the USA.Â
This is probably my last post (maybe not if something really interesting happens!) as I won't have a lot of time on the computer before I leave to go back home.Â Thanks so much to everyone who has been interested in my journey.Â I've had such a beautiful journey down here.Â It truely has been amazing for me.Â I feel refreshed and really alive from this journey.Â I am extremely blessed to have had suchÂ experiences in such a beautiful part of the world and also for meeting so many incredibly nice people who without them I wouldn't have had such a rewarding experience.Â I'm really lucky.Â
I hope to see anyone who wishes to see me when I get back to the USA at the end of May!Â I have lotsÂ more photos and stories to share if you're interested.Â I'll also be interested to see you all and hear about what's been going on with you in your lives.Â Take care and best wishes!