We headed up to Kaikoura as we were staying one night here before an early departure to Picton in the morning to catch the ferry over to Wellington. Last time I was in Kaikoura we stayed in The Adelphi which in all honesty was horrible and like something out of Faulty Towers. Anna mentioned the hostel she was at in Kaikoura called Albatross was really nice and so we separated from the rest of the bus to stay there. I think the first time I was here I didn't really like the town because I knew I had to come back to a freezing cold manky room and there was music playing ALL night. This time around I absolutely loved it! It was a really sunny day when we arrived and the hostel had free hot chocolate - sold. We all sat outside playing Jenga and I found out they had free bikes you could use so decided I wanted to cycle around the peninsula. Apparently one of the workers at the hostel put the bikes together out of parts he found at the scrapyard, and out of the two left one was too small and one too tall (non adjustable) :( BUT I found some roller skates so decided that was the next best option. Rebecca is pretty tall so took the bigger bike and practically had to hold my hand the whole time to stop me falling on my arse. Anna followed on the miniature bike like a clown and we all (slowly) made our way round the town centre. I would have been faster walking backwards, rollerskates are SO hard! Now I remember why I broke my arm the first time using them... We ended up in a sushi place and the Japanese woman behind the counter looked so confused as she was really short and so only saw me from the waist up and from her eyes I just rolled/hovered into the shop haha. As the shop was nearly closed everything was half price so we stocked up on sushi for lunch tomorrow (still on the tuna!) and attempted to rollerskate home holding the stuff.
That night Anna attempted to make aggakaka (sp?) which is Swedish pancake, but due to a crap pan and arguments in the kitchen it ended up a bit raw... So I attempted an omelet which didn't stay together so we ate a combination of slightly undercooked pancakes, scrambled omelet, lettuce and guacamole ha. Yum. Felt like a student again. I remember the last week in my first year at uni when I was trying to use up my remaining food and ate meals like a whole broccoli with soy sauce and porridge with dairylea cheese triangles. Luckily someone felt sorry, pity or something on us and donated a bit of cake that he'd made which was soo good. The rest of the night we played card games with 2 Aussies and a German guy until 1am.